June 20, 2019 – 6:30 pm
Lecture: “I didn’t know I was a Surrealist”: Frida Kahlo and Women Surrealists in Mexico
presented by Lynda Klich, assistant professor of art history, Hunter College
Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated
Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection and Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s, this lecture examines the relationship between Surrealism and Mexico, which André Breton, co-founder of the artistic movement, considered to be the “Surrealist country par excellence.” Special focus will be given to how engaging with the ideas of international Surrealism allowed Mexican women artists to develop an artistic voice that emphasized personal subjectivity and challenged the virile heroic nationalism of modern Mexican art, as exemplified by muralism.
Lynda Klich teaches Latin American art history at Hunter College, CUNY, and is curator of the Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Collection. She specializes in modern Mexican art. Her book The Noisemakers: Estridentismo, Vanguardism, and Social Action in Postrevolutionary Mexico (University of California Press, 2018) won the University of Maryland–Phillips Collection Book Prize. She co-edited Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Contexts and Global Practices (Routledge, 2018) and has collaborated on various postcard publications, including The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection (MFA Boston, 2012) and The Propaganda Front: Postcards from the Era of World Wars (MFA Boston, 2017).
Photo by Roberto Portillo