Celebrate Mexican Icon Frida Kahlo

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  9/21/2003

Learn more about the legendary artist Frida Kahlo at the Bend Public Library on Sunday, September 28th at 2:00 p.m.

When asked about her famous self-portraits, Kahlo replied, “I paint self portraits because I am so often alone. Because I am the subject I know best." Painting her own pain and loneliness established Kahlo as a unique and enduring artistic voice.

Born in 1907, Kahlo became a legendary figure from the Mexican revolutionary era. She first came to the United States with her husband, artist Diego Rivera in 1930. Although Kahlo and Rivera spent a number of years working in the United States, their connection with the life and culture of Mexico – their sense of Mexicanidad – remained absolute and was the defining element of their identities. Kahlo’s art is characterized by a deep sense of independence, rebellion, sensuality and passion. She is regarded by feminist artists around the world for the revolutionary way in which she lived her life.

During the presentation, University of Oregon Research Associate Stephanie Wood explores multiple questions and issues surrounding the personality and paintings of Kahlo. Wood will examine how and why Kahlo has become a modern icon whose self-portraits are known around the world.

This program is sponsored in part by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 312-1032 or visit

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