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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 time Exhibition features over 75 works from these influential artists Artworks show their pride in Mexican culture and their commitment to the conditions of the common man

3 Curriculum Connections
Art Meaning and Creative Thinking Contextual Understanding Assessment and Reflection Connections Art Vocabulary Language Arts Comprehension and Collaboration Research to Build and Present Knowledge Spanish Communication Cultural Perspectives and Connections Social Studies Historical Understandings Information Processing Skills

4 Frida Kahlo Suffered from lifelong health problems, including polio and a street car accident Began painting while she was recovering from her accident Met Diego when he was painting a mural at her school

5 Frida’s Accident At 19, Frida was riding a bus that was struck by a streetcar Suffered multiple rib, spine, leg, and pelvis injuries that plagued her for the rest of her life; 35 surgeries Spent months immobilized in bed, where she began to paint Many works explicitly depict her physical suffering

6 Surrealism Andre Breton encouraged Frida to participate in an exhibit of Surrealist work, although she did not categorize herself as a Surrealist Marcel 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 everyone Used murals to tell the story of the history of Mexico and make political statements

8 European Influence Diego’s style became more experimental when he moved to Paris Cubism, post-Impressionism, Realism Murals 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 Portraits Self-Portraits Animals as companions Double Portraits

11 Still Lifes Frida painted many towards the end of her life
Flowers and fruit represent the transience of life Last paintings by both Frida and Diego were of watermelons

12 Lesson Ideas Frida Kahlo Inspired Self-Portraits: 3rd
Rivera Inspired Cubist Still-Life Drawings: 4th Frida’s 28 Corsets, A Fresco Process: 6th-8th Mexican Retablos: 6th-8th 2B Self-Aware Self-Portraits: 9th-12th Quick Lessons: Rivera Cubist Drawings Self-Portrait Clothespin Doll Folk Art Sugar Skulls Foil Milagros Create Your Own Landscape Mini Shrines

13 How do you teach about Frida and Diego?

14 Artful Thinking Help 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: Blue The 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 York Diego 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 Revolution The 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, then click on the “Resources” tab Activity and lesson ideas GPS and CCC PowerPoint of key images Recommended books and websites Hidden Teacher Institute website:

26 Theatrical Performance by The Object Group
Available on Fridays at 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00 Additional $2/student Interactive 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 students Available in English and Spanish Scripts available online Interactive touch elements and questions Elementary tour will be guided by Frida’s pet monkey, looking for symbols of Mexican culture

28 MUSEUM HOURS Monday Closed Tuesday 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 ADMISSION Docent-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

Three easy ways to book your visit: Go To Call

30 Primary Source: Professional Learning at the High
Groups of 10 or more teachers can meet at the High for professional development Receive free museum admission and use of meeting spaces A representative from the High will speak to your group

31 Teacher Free Days Teacher Appreciation Days: Evening for Educators:
Thursday, February 21 Register online at after December 17 Preview the exhibitions, plan tours for your students, learn about professional development opportunities, and network with colleagues Teacher Appreciation Days: Saturday, February 23 Saturday, March 9 No advance registration required

32 Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial
November 3, January 12, 2013 Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913>>2013 October 13, 2012 – January 20, 2013


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