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Educator Program: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism

Mar 2, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
General accessibility

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection is a fascinating exploration of the Avant-Garde cultural movement in Mexico in the early twentieth century. Featuring over 150 works, including paintings, prints, and photography, the exhibition presents works by iconic artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in the broader context of Mexican Modernism. It shows the role that artists and intellectuals played in the emergence of national identity and creative spirit following the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920. Join us for an introduction to the major artworks and themes from the exhibition, followed by interactive workshops facilitated by members of the Teacher Advisory Council.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Lecture and Q&A with Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Breakout Group Workshops 

  • Mexicanidad and the Uplifting of Indigenous Culture:  Exploring Symbolism and Values
    Marcelle Valladares, Catlin Gabel
    We will center art from the exhibition and explore the concept of Mexicanidad while also discussing the present day cultural, economic and political Land Back movement. The first half hour will be devoted to exploring the concepts. The second half hour will be optional and time for discussion and possible planning for how to incorporate the art and ideas into your classroom lessons.
  • Subverting the Imperial Gaze: Frida Kahlo and the Politics of Transcultural Memory, Embodiment, and Performance in Latin America
    Ximena Keogh Serrano, Pacific University
    We will read the artistic production and global legacy of Frida Kahlo through the lens of Latin American intellectual history. This includes theories of transculturation (A. Rama), hybridization (N. Garía Canclini), and performance (D. Taylor).
  • Revolutionary Art
    Joanne Kim and Lisa Notman, Northwest Academy
    This workshop will provide educators with an introduction to the historical context of the pieces in this exhibition as products of the Mexican Revolution and as a way of establishing a new Mexican Identity post-revolution through the rich symbolism of Frida Kahlo’s art and iconography. We will discuss how these works can be used to teach students about historical and contemporary revolutions and revolutionary art. (Target student audience: HS foreign language & HS English and Humanities).
  • Affinity Group – Culturally Specific: Exploring Latinx Identity Through Art
    Dora Lisa Chavez, Metropolitan Family Services
    We will center our conversations around exploring Latinx identity through artworks featured in the exhibition. We will also hold space for processing, self reflection, while creating time and space for connections with peers.

Join us for this online program and receive a complimentary ticket to the Museum!