Presentation on theme: "Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting"— Presentation transcript:
1 Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting February 16–May 12, 2013
2 Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting Positions their artworks within the political and artistic contexts of the timeExhibition features over 75 works from these influential artistsArtworks show their pride in Mexican culture and their commitment to the conditions of the common man
3 Curriculum Connections ArtMeaning and Creative ThinkingContextual UnderstandingAssessment and ReflectionConnectionsArt VocabularyLanguage ArtsComprehension and CollaborationResearch to Build and Present KnowledgeSpanishCommunicationCultural Perspectives and ConnectionsSocial StudiesHistorical UnderstandingsInformation Processing Skills
4 Frida KahloSuffered from lifelong health problems, including polio and a street car accidentBegan painting while she was recovering from her accidentMet Diego when he was painting a mural at her school
5 Frida’s AccidentAt 19, Frida was riding a bus that was struck by a streetcarSuffered multiple rib, spine, leg, and pelvis injuries that plagued her for the rest of her life; 35 surgeriesSpent months immobilized in bed, where she began to paintMany works explicitly depict her physical suffering
6 SurrealismAndre Breton encouraged Frida to participate in an exhibit of Surrealist work, although she did not categorize herself as a SurrealistMarcel Duchamp arranged for her to be in an exhibit in Paris, resulting in her being the first 20th century Mexican artist to be collected by the Louvre
7 Diego Rivera Studied in Europe and met famous artists like Picasso Inspired by Italian frescos, he painted large murals that could be seen by everyoneUsed murals to tell the story of the history of Mexico and make political statements
8 European InfluenceDiego’s style became more experimental when he moved to ParisCubism, post-Impressionism, RealismMurals inspired by Italian Renaissance
9 The United States Diego Rivera had a solo exhibit at MoMA in 1931 He and Frida travelled to several U.S. cities so he could complete mural commissions
10 PortraitsSelf-PortraitsAnimals as companionsDouble Portraits
11 Still Lifes Frida painted many towards the end of her life Flowers and fruit represent the transience of lifeLast paintings by both Frida and Diego were of watermelons
12 Lesson Ideas Frida Kahlo Inspired Self-Portraits: 3rd Rivera Inspired Cubist Still-Life Drawings: 4thFrida’s 28 Corsets, A Fresco Process: 6th-8thMexican Retablos: 6th-8th2B Self-Aware Self-Portraits: 9th-12thQuick Lessons:Rivera Cubist DrawingsSelf-Portrait Clothespin DollFolk Art Sugar SkullsFoil MilagrosCreate Your Own LandscapeMini Shrines
14 Artful ThinkingHelp students develop thinking dispositions that support thoughtful learning – in the arts, and across school subjects.Developed by Harvard Project Zero.Designed to be used by classroom teachers, adapted for museum use.Thinking routines are short, easy-to-learn mini-strategies that extend and deepen students’ thinking.Learn more at
15 Example: I See/I Think/I Wonder What do you see?What do you think about that?What does it make you wonder?
17 Question:What color was the house that Frida Kahlo grew up in?
18 Answer:BlueThe Casa Azul was the home where Frida was born, grew up, later lived with Diego, and where she eventually died. Today it is the home of the Frida Kahlo Museum.
19 Question:What are the three United States cities where Diego Rivera was commission to paint murals?
20 San Francisco, Detroit, and New York Answer:San Francisco, Detroit, and New YorkDiego painted a mural for the City Club of the San Francisco Stock Exchange, 27 murals entitled Detroit Industry at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and mural at Rockefeller Center in NY, which was removed.
21 Question:Why was Diego Rivera’s mural for Rockefeller Center removed?
22 It contained a portrait of Vladimir Lenin. Answer:It contained a portrait of Vladimir Lenin.Diego was given the theme “Man at the Crossroads Looking with Hope and High Vision to the Choosing of a New and Better Future.” The image of Lenin upset Rockefeller, who demanded it removed. When Diego would not change it, the mural was draped with fabric, then eventually destroyed.
23 Question:Frida was born in 1907, but she told people she was born in In doing this, what major Mexican event did she want to align herself with?
24 The Mexican Revolution Answer:The Mexican RevolutionThe Mexican Revolution began in 1910, and Frida changed the year of her birth so that she would be associated with the uprising.
25 Online Teacher Resource high.org/teachers, then click on the “Resources” tabActivity and lesson ideasGPS and CCCPowerPoint of key imagesRecommended books and websitesHidden Teacher Institute website: high.org/fdinstitute
26 Theatrical Performance by The Object Group Available on Fridays at 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00Additional $2/studentInteractive opportunity for students to get to know Frida and Diego before visiting the exhibition
27 Multi-Media Student Tour Different tours for elementary and secondary studentsAvailable in English and SpanishScripts available onlineInteractive touch elements and questionsElementary tour will be guided by Frida’s pet monkey, looking for symbols of Mexican culture
28 MUSEUM HOURSMonday ClosedTuesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Wednesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.STUDENT ADMISSIONDocent-led and Audio-guided Tours$7 per Student(Add $2 for workshop, additional tour, or performance)For every 7 students One Chaperone is FREE*Additional Chaperones $16.50
29 HOW TO MAKE YOUR HIGH MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL TOUR RESERVATION Three easy ways to book your visit:Go To High.org/schooltoursCall
30 Primary Source: Professional Learning at the High Groups of 10 or more teachers can meet at the High for professional developmentReceive free museum admission and use of meeting spacesA representative from the High will speak to your group
31 Teacher Free Days Teacher Appreciation Days: Evening for Educators: Thursday, February 21Register online at high.org/teachers after December 17Preview the exhibitions, plan tours for your students, learn about professional development opportunities, and network with colleaguesTeacher Appreciation Days:Saturday, February 23Saturday, March 9No advance registration required
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