Frida, Fibromyalgia, and Feminism

March 6, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Register on Zoom and watch on Facebook Live

With Dr. Ginevra Liptan and Vanessa Severo

Presented in conjunction with Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, this free virtual program brings Dr. Ginevra Liptan and Vanessa Severo into conversation around the impact Frida Kahlo’s disabilities had on her art, how her art impacted her experience as a Disabled individual, and how she changed cultural norms around disability and chronic illness.

Ginevra Liptan, MD is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. After developing fibromyalgia in medical school, she became fascinated with Frida Kahlo after reading in a medical journal that Frida likely suffered from the same illness. After completing a residency in internal medicine Dr. Liptan founded The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia, where she specializes in treating this painful and complex illness.

Vanessa Severo is the recipient of the TCG 11th Round of the Fox Foundation resident Actor  Fellowships, 2017. She is the playwright and actor of ‘Frida…A Self Portrait’ (2020 Kilroys’ List)  a one woman production about the tumultuous and brilliant life of Frida Kahlo. Vanessa is  passionate about utilizing the element of Suzuki method in her work to challenge the  boundaries of storytelling, and explore the depths of movement, composition, and the power  of stillness.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.