HUMA S-220 Frida Kahlo's Mexico: Women, Arts, and Revolution
This course revolves around the short, creative life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, one of the most prominent figures in art history, as a window to the cultural and political revolution that shaped Mexico's identity in the twentieth century and continues to influence Latinos today. Through Kahlo's life and artwork, we see how two international influences in Mexico's cultural and political life— Soviet politics and French avant-garde— merged with national agendas that sought to redefine Mexico's identity through the integration of their indigenous and people's heritage. The result was a time of booming creativity in the arts, radical expansion of educational and political agendas, as well as a redefinition of women's identity, sexuality, and the Mexican family. We trace her romantic and artistic relationship with Diego Rivera and explore her impact on the intensely creative social circle that included the three Mexican muralists (Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozoco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros) and Rufino Tamayo; photographers Lola Álvarez Bravo; and important musicians such as Manuel M. Ponce, Silvertre Revueltas, and Carlos Chavez. The course includes special sessions at the Fogg Museum for students to see some of the Mexican muralist art work on display, and also a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the newly acquired painting by Frida Kahlo, Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia).
Mondays-Thursdays, noon-3 pm
Boylston Hall 103
Start dateMonday, June 25
María Luisa Parra, PhD.
Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
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