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February 15th, 2008
Frida Kahlo Related Programs

In conjunction with Frida Kahlo, (February 20-May 18, 2008), the Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering a stimulating series of art history courses, concerts, and lectures and a Friday evening performance to broaden the experience of the galleries, enabling visitors to consider a variety of connections and perspectives on the Mexican artist, her contemporaries, her influence, and her times. To register for any of these programs, call 215-235-SHOW or visit the website. Registration is available at the Museum although pre-registration is strongly encouraged. (Members receive a 20% discount on courses, workshops, and concerts.)


Van Pelt Auditorium
Free after Museum admission. Ticket required.

Frida Kahlo: Her Life, Her Art, Her Legacy
Lecturer: Hayden Herrera, curator, art critic, lecturer, and author of the preeminent biography of artist Frida Kahlo
Friday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Frida Kahlo.

Juan Soriano and Modern Painting in Mexico 1935-50
Lecturer: Edward Sullivan, Dean for the Humanities, New York University
Friday, April 11, 6:00 p.m.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Fragile Demon: Juan Soriano in Mexico, 1935-50

Kahlo Today: A Contemporary Artists Panel
Moderator: Emily Hage, co-curator of the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sunday, April 6, 2008
2:30 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
Free after Museum admission. Ticket required.

A roundtable discussion with New York and Philadelphia-based artists Lesley Dill, Sarah McEneaney, and Marta Sanchez, as well as art historian, critic, and Remedios Varo biographer Janet Kaplan. Participants will discuss the ways in which Frida Kahlo and her paintings have informed and intersected with their own creative and scholarly practice. A conversation among participants will follow, with time for audience questions at the end.


The Folk Arts of Mexico
Lecturer: Julia Zagar, art collector, dealer, and owner of Eyes Gallery, Philadelphia
In celebration of Frida Kahlo, this course will examine the vibrant traditions of Mexican folk arts. Beginning with an overview of Mexico’s rich craft traditions, and a look at several centers of production, the course will conclude by examining Kahlo’s own collection and passion for the indigenous crafts or her native land.

1. Mexican Folk Arts: an Overview
2. Tonala, Jalisco and Ocumicho
3. Oaxaca
4. Frida’s Closet

Thursdays: 4 sessions, February 7, 14, 21, 28 (9:30-10:30am)
Saturdays: 2 sessions, February 9, 23 (9:30-11:45am)


Kahlo, Mexican Modernism, and a Philadelphia Story

Lecturers: Tatiana Flores (TF), Assistant Professor of Art History and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University; Aurelia Gomez (AG), Instructor of Spanish, Haverford College, and Ph.D. Candidate, Hispanic Studies, University of Pittsburgh; Sharon Skeel (SS), independent scholar and author; Emily Hage (EH), Mellon Curatorial Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Frida Kahlo’s work is highly regarded for its singular expression of Mexico’s rich and complex culture. This interdisciplinary lecture series will take a close look at Kahlo’s self-portraits, while it also considers the broader context of the Mexican avant-garde cultural, social, and political movements of the first half of the twentieth century. The story of Kahlo’s 1932 visit to Philadelphia—and the unusual circumstances behind it—will fascinate Philadelphia history buffs.

1. Kahlo's Contemporaries: Women Artists in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (TF)
2. Resistance Modernity: Avant-garde and Nationalism in Mexican Culture (AG)
3. Horse Power or Horse Pheathers?: The World Premier of H.P. (SS)
4. Excellent Beauty: Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portraits (EH)

Thursdays: 4 sessions, March 6, 13, 20, 27 (1:30-2:30pm)
Saturdays: 2 sessions, March 15 and 29 (1:30-3:45pm)



Ticket prices for each concert are $20

Tres Vidas: The Core Ensemble featuring Georgina Corbo
Friday, March 7
8:00 p.m. in Van Pelt Auditorium

The Core Ensemble along with Georgina Corbo present this chamber music theater work based on the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadorian peasant –activist Rufina Amaya and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni. The musical score includes Latin American folk music, and pieces by Argentine, Mexican and Cuban composers. This performance is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Frida Kahlo.

Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses
Sunday, May 4
2:30 p.m. in Van Pelt Auditorium
Guitar virtuosos Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses present an evening of Mexican folk music and classical repertoire in conjunction with the special exhibition Frida Kahlo.


Frida Kahlo Film Series

All performances are at 2:30 in Van Pelt Auditorium
Free after Museum admission. Ticket required.

Frida, starring Selma Hayak, directed by Julie Taymor, and based on the biography by Hayden Herrera
Sunday, March 16th

Time in the Sun, from footage shot for Sergei Eisenstein’s Que Viva Mexico!
Sunday, April 20, 2008

Miroslava, starring Veronica Langer, directed by Alejandro Pelayo. Miroslava was the winner of six “Ariel” awards (Mexico’s Oscar).
Sunday, May 11, 2008


Miro Dance Theatre to premiere Self Portrait
May 2, 2008
5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Free with Museum admission

In conjunction with the Frida Kahlo exhibition, which is on view in the Museum’s Dorrance Galleries through May 18, Art After 5 is proud to present the premiere of an original performance by the award winning Miro Dance Theatre, which was commissioned by the Museum and inspired by Frida Kahlo's diary. “Self Portrait” incorporates dance, live animation, video, still imagery, choreography, elaborate sets and costumes in what directors Amanda Miller and Tobin Rothlein describe as a “a living performance sculpture” to be witnessed from all sides. Inspired by Kahlo’s work, it reflects on the artist’s struggles with illness. A solo female dancer performs surrounded and at times partially buried by objects and clothing that represent moments and ideas from the dancer’s life, much like the personal objects that appear and reappear in Kahlo’s paintings.

About Miro Dance Theatre

Miro Dance Theatre creates and performs original work that explores the collaborative intersections of contemporary dance, video, and visual art. In 2004 dancer and choreographer Amanda Miller and video and visual artist Tobin Rothlein founded Miro Dance Theatre in order to realize their unique creative vision, and explore the intersections of contemporary dance, video, and visual art. Miller, with ten years experience as a dancer at the Pennsylvania Ballet and choreographic studies in Europe under Siobhan Davies, is at the helm of Miro's choreographic exploration. Rothlein, whose work as video artist and visual designer for Rennie Harris Puremovement and others has garnered accolades nationally and internationally, oversees the company's work in combining dance, multi-media and visual arts. Miro produces the work of Miller and Rothlein alongside special collaborations with invited friends and guests.

Frida Kahlo is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The curators for the exhibition are Hayden Herrera and Walker Art Center associate curator Elizabeth Carpenter.

The national tour of the exhibition is made possible by Bank of America and Fundación Televisa.

Major support for the national tour is provided by Margaret and Angus Wurtele and the Fundación/Colección Jumex. Additional support is provided by Craig Baker.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the U.S. Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) and the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), Mexico.

In Philadelphia, the exhibition is also made possible by Aetna.

Additional support is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions, The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and by Frida's Friends, a group of generous individuals. Promotional support provided by NBC 10 WCAU and Amtrak.

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