Thursday, March 14, 2019, 2:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Dr. Michael Brescia, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona

Calling all lovers of Mexican history and Mexican art! As one of several artists to emerge from the violence and chaos of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920, Frida Kahlo’s lived experiences fashioned a remarkable artistic talent that promoted “Mexicanidad,” or the spirit of a Mexican cultural identity. Despite living in the professional shadows of her famous husband, the muralist Diego Rivera, Frida added deeply personal elements to her artwork that simultaneously reflected and contributed to historical understandings of Mexican culture. 

In a richly illustrated lecture, historian Michael Brescia will examine Frida Kahlo’s life and show just how intimately her artwork reveals the sweep of the Mexican historical experience, from Pre-Columbian times to the mid-twentieth century.

Dr. Brescia is Curator of Ethnohistory in the Arizona State Museum with faculty affiliations in the Department of History and the College of Law at the University of Arizona.  His courses include Mexican History, Comparative History of North America, and Natural Resources and the Law in the Spanish Borderlands. Michael has co-authored two books examining the broader historical forces shaping our continent from Pre-Columbian times to the present: Mexico and the United States: Ambivalent Vistas (2010), and North America: An Introduction (2009). He has also been lead curator of three museum exhibitions.

Written by Marna Broekhoff, Academy Village Volunteer

Mar. 14: Understanding Mexican History through Frida Kahlo and her Artwork