Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Icons of Modern Mexican Art

Dates:April 6 - May 4, 2020
Meets:M from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM, 5 sessions
Hours:10.00
Instructor:George Scheper
Fee: $175.00

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Course Description

In this course we will track the dual story of the lives and works of this most extraordinary couple, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, whose intense engagements in art, politics, and in personal exploration, especially in the case of Kahlo's highly personal paintings, have become legendary. We'll begin with an overview of early 20th century Mexico and the Mexican revolution, and then turn first to the career of Rivera, from his early years in Mexico through his Modernist period in Paris, and then focus on his legendary career as a muralist in Mexico City. Meanwhile, we trace the early life of Frida Kahlo, including the physical and mental repercussions of her bout with polio and the street accident that nearly killed her. We conclude with a close look at Kahlo's intensely personal paintings from her conflicted final years. While Mexico is the center of their life and work, the adventures of the couple in "Gringolandia" (Frida's name for the U.S.) also have particular interest, especially the famous scandal of Rivera's aborted mural in Rockefeller Center. Richly illustrated lectures are supplemented by brief film clips from documentary and feature films, including Tim Robbins' The Cradle Will Rock and Julie Taymor's Frida.