Women Artists and the Construction of Mexicanidad

February 27, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Registration is closed on Zoom. Please watch on our Facebook page.

With Alberto Mckelligan Hernández, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Of Art History At Portland State University

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism provides an exciting opportunity for Portland audiences to explore the ways in which women artists contributed to the immense cultural transformations of early-20th-century Mexico. After the violent battles of the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920), the country was eager to define a new form of national identity, a complex process later described as the construction of mexicanidad, or Mexicanness. Join Alberto McKelligan Hernández in this virtual opening lecture for a look into the groundbreaking contributions of women artists that reveal how women navigated the social and artistic context of post-revolutionary Mexico and the complexities and contradictions associated with the construction of mexicanidad.

Alberto McKelligan Hernández completed his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His research received the Carolyn G. Heilbrun Dissertation Prize from CUNY’s Center for the Study of Women and Society. He also curated Mónica Mayer: Translocal Translations, 1978-2018 for Paragon Gallery in Portland, and his research on feminist art in Mexico has been published in Nierika: Revista de Estudios de Arte and the Journal of International Women’s Studies.


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 access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Frida Kahlo, Diego on my Mind, 1943.
Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954), Diego on my Mind, 1943, oil on masonite, courtesy of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. / Frida Kahlo (Mexicana, 1907-1954), Diego en mi mente, 1943, óleo sobre masonita, cortesía de la Colección de Jacques y Natasha Gelman.