November 18, 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for a special talk with Frida in America author and scholar, Celia Stahr. [see biography below].
Learn more about Kahlo’s time in the states and the impact it made on her personal and artistic journey. Dive into Frida in America: The Creative of a Great Artist prior to this event and send us your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Book may be purchased through the Museum Stores.
Every Wednesday at 5 pm, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will bring you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections.
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Frida in America is the first in-depth biography of three formative years that Mexican artist Frida Kahlo spent in the United States, a place that both fascinated and angered her.
However, it was precisely her feelings of being a stranger in a strange land that fueled her creative breakthroughs and an even stronger sense of Mexican identity. America in the title references the United States of America, but because this is a story about a Mexican artist, America, as seen through Frida’s eyes, includes the problematic border relationship between Mexico and the United States in North America, the United States as part of Latin America, and the promise of Pan-Americanism.
Celia Stahr is a professor at the University of San Francisco, where she specializes in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on feminist art, as well as African and multicultural art. Formerly an affiliated scholar at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stahr focused on the Abstract Expressionist painter Elaine de Kooning. She’s published essays and articles on Elaine de Kooning, Frida Kahlo, Yong Soon Min, Amalia Mesa-Bains, and Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. While researching Frida in America, Stahr began a blog that discusses various topics related to the themes of the book, as well as contemporary Frida events and artists or cultural figures connected to Frida in some way. Please join Stahr in celebrating Frida Kahlo’s complex and fascinating art: fridakahlojourney.com.