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1 Jennifer Diaz Life In The Digital Age Dig/IT Expo – May 31st 2012
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo "Acid and tender, hard as steel and delicate and fine as a butterfly's wing, lovable as a beautiful smile, and profound and cruel as the bitterness of life.” -Diego Rivera Jennifer Diaz Life In The Digital Age Dig/IT Expo – May 31st 2012

2 Frida’s Childhood Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon on July 6th, 1907 in Coyoacan, Mexico. Frida was one of four girls, born to German photographer Wilhelm and mother Matilde. Frida Kahlo was born and raised in “La Casa Azul (The Blue House)” which is now a museum in Mexico, displaying Frida Kahlo’s life.

3 The Turning Point in Frida’s Life
In 1922, Frida enrolled at the National Preparatory School, where she met boyfriend Alejandro Gomez Arias. In 1925, on her way back to Coyoacan with Arias, the bus they were on crashed into a trolley. Frida was struck by an iron rod that went through her hip and out by her pelvis bone. Frida was only 18. Miraculously, after several weeks at the Red Cross in Mexico City, Frida was slowly recovering. Covered in a body cast for months, and bedridden, Frida began to paint more frequently.

4 Diego Rivera In 1928, Frida Kahlo reconnected with world renown Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera Frida and Diego were both members of the Mexican Communist party. 21 years her senior, the two began dating, and married a year later. Due to Diego’s ongoing commissions, the two moved around often, to San Francisco, New York, and Detroit. Frida began to display her artwork more frequently. Frida and Diego’s relationship was made up of various infidelities, one with Frida’s youngest sister Cristina.

5 Frida’s Deteriorating Health
After Frida’s trolley accident at 18, her health was never the same. After her trolley accident, doctors told Frida she was no longer fertile. She had several miscarriages. Frida had an estimate of 35 operations in her lifetime. In 1953, Frida’s leg was amputated after being diagnosed with gangrene.

6 Frida’s Final Days In 1954, Frida was hospitalized once again. No one can confirm if it was a suicide attempt or not. Two months later Frida was hospitalized once again due to bronchial pneumonia. On July 2nd, 1954, Frida made her last public appearance with Diego Rivera at a rally to overthrow Jacobo Arbenz, the President of Guatemala. On July 13th, Frida was found death in The Blue House. It is unclear if her death was caused by pulmonary embolism or suicide. Frida’s last entry in her diary read “I hope the exit is joyful, and I hope never to return”.

7 Citation Page Slide 1: Introduction – Frida Kahlo on the cover of Vogue (France) around 1938/1939. Slide 2: Frida’s Childhood– Frida’s painting “The Little Deer” :// Slide 3: The Turning Point in Frida’s Life – “The Bus” Slide 4: Diego Rivera – “Frieda y Diego Rivera” Slide 5: Frida’s Deteriorating Health – “Unos Cuantos Piquetitos (A Few Small Nips)” Slide 6: Frida’s Final Days – “The Broken Column” Slide 7: Citation Page – “The Two Fridas”

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