Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist

Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist

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3092 16th Street

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Frida Kahlo is a revolutionary political artist. Come here specifically about her experiences in Detroit, New York, and San Francisco.

About this event

Frida Kahlo is a Mexican artist who is most well known for her striking self portraits. Through her paintings, Kahlo focused on issues of identity, the human body, and event death. Her art was very much informed by the experiences she had.

Join us as Professor Stahr breaks down some of Kahlo's most formative experiences living in San Francisco, Detroit, and New York in the early 1930s.

It was during this time in the United States that her paintings began to carry a heavy political meaning. Professor Stahr will be focusing specifically on Frida Kahlo's reactions to racial injustice and the fight for workers' rights. Join us for this powerful conversation about Frida Kahlo's work and the larger power of art in politics.

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About Cecila Stahr:

Celia Stahr teaches art history at the University of San Francisco, where she specializes in modern, contemporary, African, and multicultural art, with an emphasis upon issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class. Dr. Stahr is particularly interested in artists who cross cultural boundaries. These transnational or “traveling” artists have complicated the neat categories of modernist art history and forced scholars to ask important questions about the discipline and its Eurocentric biases.

Stahr’s book Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist, which was published in 2020 by St. Martin’s Press, delves into Frida Kahlo’s personal and creative breakthroughs while living in the United States. The book received many positive reviews in publications such as the New York Times, Art in America, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Review, The Mercury News, and the Washington Independent Review of Books. It was named one of five art books to read in 2021 by Art New England; and Booklist named it in their master list of Editors’ Choice: Adult Books of 2020, writing: Stahr brings new clarity to Kahlo’s life and genius for creating audacious autobiographical tableaux which pose resounding questions about history, justice, gender, spirituality, and freedom& for Outstanding Academic Book by the librarians' journal Choice.

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