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Photographing Frida – Programs

For Families Art Class Feed Your Mind Fridays Lecture and Late Nights Leer en español

For Families

Take part in free art experiences inspired by the exhibition.

Free Family Photo Days

On the first Sunday of each month during the exhibition, we’re offering free, professional family portraits inspired by Photographing Frida: Portraits of Frida Kahlo. Alice Pratt Brown Atrium. Free.

Sunday, February 3, 12 – 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 3, 12 – 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 7, 12 – 3 p.m.

Super Sunday Free Family Funday

A free artmaking experience for the whole family, Super Sundays are sponsored by First Community Bank.

Sunday, February 10, 12 – 3 p.m.

Inspired by the work of Frida Kahlo, families will create portraits using symbols to represent aspects of their identities. Alice Pratt Brown Atrium. Free.

Sunday, March 10, 12 – 3 p.m.

Families will use nature print paper and a variety of objects to explore the medium of photography. Alice Pratt Brown Atrium. Free.

Art Start!

A partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System, Art Start invites toddlers and preschoolers to learn in a museum setting.

Wednesday February 20, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for a reading of Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, followed by gallery games, and an artmaking activity. Check in at the Stephens, Inc. Visitor Desk upon arrival. Free.

Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for a reading of Me, Frida by Amy Novesky followed by gallery games, and an artmaking activity. Check in at the Stephens, Inc. Visitor Desk upon arrival. Free.

Art Class

Paint Like Frida

Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Drawing and Painting Department Chair Robert Bean will lead a tour and discussion of the exhibition. Then head to the studio to work on your own Frida Kahlo-inspired work, under the direction of painting instructor Michael Shaeffer. Museum School. $60 members, $75 non-members. Register by February 8.

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Feed Your Mind Fridays

Feed Your Mind Friday takes place during lunch on Friday afternoons. Programs range from gallery talks, to films, to demonstrations and short lectures.

Friday, February 8, 12 p.m.

Join us for a viewing of the film The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo in collaboration with AETN. Lower Lobby Lecture Hall. Free.

Friday, March 8, 12 p.m.

UA Little Rock photography students will share insights on the work in the exhibition. Tours begin at the Stephens, Inc. Visitors Desk. Free.

Friday, March 29, 12 p.m.

The Arkansas Arts Center and the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock invite you to see the screening of the Academy Award winning film: Roma (R). Lower Lobby Lecture Hall. Free.

LEcture and Late NIghts

After a wine reception and insightful lecture, visit the galleries, browse the Museum Shop and enjoy dinner at Watercolor in the Park until 9 p.m.

Art of Motion and Music: Movement and Frida

Thursday, February 21

5:30 p.m. Wine Reception | 6 p.m. Lecture | Galleries open until 9 p.m.

Artifact Dance Project Artistic Director Ashley Bowman will discuss her quest to portray Frida Kahlo through movement. Frida Kahlo suffered great physical and emotional pain throughout her life that manifested through her art. Because of her many surgeries, she was often committed to long periods of bed rest and healing time. Portraying Frida through movement is a challenging task because the artist was bound by her body and made that clear throughout her journal and self-portraits. Bowman will discuss how dance became the perfect artform to communicate the inner-workings of an artist who could barely move at times. Lower Lobby Lecture Hall. Free for members, $10 for non-members.

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Frida Kahlo: Unbound

Thursday, March 14

5:30 p.m. Wine Reception | 6 p.m. Lecture | Galleries open until 9 p.m.

DePaul Art Museum Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm will examine Kahlo’s continued relevance to international artists who address the performance of gender, issues of national identity, the political body, among other themes. Frida Kahlo is one of the most famous artists in the world. Her reputation and persona have grown immensely since her death in 1954, yet posthumously she has been turned into a stereotype of Latin American art. This predicament, along with her celebrity status, often overshadows the confrontational and boldly transgressive nature of her paintings, and ultimately undermines the revolutionary intent of her work. At the time it was made, Kahlo’s unabashedly intimate portrayal of her physical and psychological experiences and her appropriation of Mexican folk art aesthetics challenged the bourgeois European mainstream. Her work subverted accepted notions of gender, sexuality, social class, and ethnicity, and was prophetic in anticipating the broader cultural concerns—postcolonialism, feminism, civil rights, multiculturalism, and globalization—that reached a crescendo in the 1960s and continue to be relevant today.  Lower Lobby Lecture Hall. Free for members, $10 for non-members

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Materiality, Geography, and Identity Construction in the Work and Life of Frida Kahlo

Thursday, April 4

5:30 p.m. Wine Reception | 6 p.m. Lecture | Galleries open until 9 p.m.

University of Utah Associate Librarian Lis Pankl will discuss Kahlo's influences from early twentieth-century Mexico and the crucial role they played in her artistic and celebrity personas. Frida Kahlo's art and persona are powerful examples of material culture and her own geographical identity. This lecture examines how Kahlo's development and influences from early twentieth-century Mexico played crucial roles in her personas as artist and celebrity. This lecture notes the contested nature of Kahlo's status as female artist and details the geographical and historical circumstances that led to her current global appeal. This examination of Kahlo's positionality demonstrates how Kahlo's appropriation and production of material culture began by her in her own lifetime and how it continues to multiply at an astonishing pace today. Lower Lobby Lecture Hall. Free for members, $10 for non-members.

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