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Global Speed Series: Complexity and Contradiction in the Art of Frida Kahlo

December 11 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Adriana Zavala will discuss how the artist Frida Kahlo has been interpreted as a popular icon. Springing from Kahlo’s popular celebrity, Dr. Zavala will propose more nuanced interpretations of Kahlo’s life and art that historicize her embrace of indigenous traditions and her gender bending tendencies.

Global Speed is a community lecture series featuring international figures in the art world, to entertain and inform on global art topics.

Adriana Zavala is Associate Professor of modern and contemporary Latin American and US Latinx art history at Tufts University. She earned a PhD in Art History from Brown University. Her book Becoming Modern, Becoming Tradition: Women Gender and Representation in Mexican Art (PSU Press, 2010) won the Arvey Prize from the Association of Latin American Art in 2011. She has curated several exhibitions including “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx in 2015, with the accompanying catalog Frida Kahlo’s Garden (Prestel 2015), and “Lola Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Epoch,” with accompanying catalog for the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera in Mexico City, the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, and the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona (2011).  She has authored essays in exhibition catalogs and journals, as well as a comprehensive annotated bibliography on Frida Kahlo for Oxford Bibliographies online.  She is also the founding director of the US Latinx Art Forum (uslaf.org) a non-profit organization that generates and supports initiatives that advance the vitality of Latinx art through an intergenerational network that spans academia, art institutions, and collections.

Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm













Frida Kahlo
My Dress Hangs There, 1933
Oil and collage on masonite
46 x 50 cm
FEMSA, Monterrey, Mexico


December 11
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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