Art of Frida Kahlo Topic of May 1 Lecture

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 18, 2008 — A lecture titled “Identity and Discord in the Art of Frida Kahlo” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. May 1 in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center, 518 S. Fountain St., at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

This free lecture, presented by Dr. Stanley Grand, director of the Rose

Mar. Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, is presented as a prelude to “Cardinal Points/Puntos Cardinales: A Survey Of Contemporary Latino and Latin American Art From The Sprint Nextel Art Collection,” which will be on view May 11–July 22.

Revolutionary, Surrealist, Nationalist, Communist, Feminist, and Modernist are some of the terms that describe Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Twice married to Diego Rivera, the influential muralist, Kahlo is best known for her intensely personal self-portraits, which chronicle her ongoing medical problems that were a consequence of childhood polio and a subsequent horrendous bus accident when she was 18 years old. 

Adopting the persona and costume of a traditional Mexicana, Kahlo sought to express her revolutionaryand anti-colonial beliefs in a style influenced greatly by 19th-century indigenous, and often anonymous, artists. Championed by André Breton and other Surrealists, Kahlo was rediscovered in the 1970s and has had a profound influence on contemporary artists such as Kiki Smith, Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, and others whose work focuses on the body and personalnarratives. Today she is one of the best-known 20th-century artists and is currently the subject of a major retrospective.

The lecture is sponsored by the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum. For more information, call (573) 651-2260.