K-12 Educator's Workshop: Frida Kahlo and (Self) Representations

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 | 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

UNM Art Museum


Join us for this free professional development workshop focused on the life and art of Frida Kahlo. Using the UNM Art Museum exhibit, Frida Kahlo - Her Photos, as a starting point, the workshop will examine the commonalities and differences in Kahlo's own depictions of herself and how others portrayed her. In doing so, we draw attention to questions about an artist's ability to control his or her own representation. Poses, facial expressions, clothing, symbols. These were but a few of the details that came to shape Kahlo's (self)representation in photography and paintings. In the latter half of the evening we will add literature and writing to our discussion. Drawing on Kahlo's own diary and books written about her, we will deepen our understanding of Kahlo's sense of self in comparison to the myth that has developed in the wake of her death. 

The exhibit, Frida Kahlo - Her Photos, features a rare and extensive selection of Kahlo’s personal photographs. This exhibition was curated from a collection of 6500 images that lay hidden in the Blue House Archive for 50 years, and offers a uniquely intimate glimpse into the life and work of a beloved cultural icon. Frida Kahlo – Her Photoscontains over two hundred previously unseen images, including work by Kahlo, as well as photographs by such creative luminaries as Man Ray, Martin Munkácsi, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Nickolas Muray, and Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, among many others. The exhibition promises to reveal new insights into Kahlo’s rich and deeply personal world, and tells a fascinating story of an artist, a place, and an era.

This collection of photographs was first revealed to the public in 2007; Mexican photographer and photo historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio curated the images selected for the exhibition, which encompass six central themes: Origins, ‘Blue House,’ Politic, Revolutions and Diego, Broken Body, Frida's Loves, and Photography. Each section testifies to the important role photography played in Frida Kahlo’s life.  Kahlo carefully and meticulously accumulated a vast collection of photographs, and while the collection contains images that undoubtedly belonged to her family and to Diego Rivera, it was Frida’s own diligent efforts that ensured these photographs were preserved for posterity.


This event is free, but participation is limited to K-12 educators: in-service and pre-service teachers, educational aides, administrators, and librarians. Registration is required. Certificates of professional development will be given and dinner will be provided.


Latin American and Iberian Institute (with support from the US Department of Education Title VI), Instituto Cervantes, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Spanish Resource Center, UNM Art Museum