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Free Leonard Peltier

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The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Iris Atma' tribute to Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda[2] Kahlo y Calderón[3]) was a Mexican painter, born inCoyoacán.[4] Perhaps best known for her self-portraits,[5] Kahlo's work is remembered for its "pain and passion",[6] and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.[7]

Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition figure prominently in her work, which has sometimes been characterized as Naïve art or folk art.[8] Her work has also been described as "surrealist", and in 1938 one surrealist described Kahlo herself as a "ribbon around a bomb".[7]

Kahlo had a stormy but passionate marriage with the prominent Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which stemmed from a traffic accident in her teenage years. These issues are reflected in her works, more than half of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."[9]



[edit]Childhood and family

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in the house of her parents, known as La Casa Azul (The Blue House), in Coyoacán. At the time, it was a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Her father, Guillermo Kahlo (1871–1941), was born Carl Wilhelm Kahlo in PforzheimGermany, the son of Henriette Kaufmann and Jakob Heinrich Kahlo. While Frida herself maintained that her father was of Hungarian-Jewish ancestry,[10] one set of researchers have established that Guillermo Kahlo's parents were not Jewish but Lutheran Germans.[11] Carl Wilhelm Kahlo sailed to Mexico in 1891 at the age of nineteen and, upon his arrival, changed his German forename, Wilhelm, to its Spanish equivalent, 'Guillermo'.

Frida's mother, Matilde Calderón y Gonzalez, was a devout Catholic of primarily indigenous, as well as Spanish, descent.[12] Frida's parents were married shortly after the death of Guillermo's first wife during the birth of her second child. Although their marriage was quite unhappy, Guillermo and Matilde had four daughters, with Frida being the third. She had two older half sisters. Frida remarked that she grew up in a world surrounded by females. Throughout most of her life, however, Frida remained close to her father. The actress, writer and singer Dulce María is her great grand-niece.

The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 when Kahlo was three. Later Kahlo claimed that she was born in 1910 so people would directly associate her with the revolution. In her writings, she recalled that her mother would usher her and her sisters inside the house as gunfire echoed in the streets of her hometown. Occasionally, men would leap over the walls into their backyard and sometimes her mother would prepare a meal for the hungry revolutionaries.

Kahlo contracted polio at age six, which left her right leg thinner than the left, which Kahlo disguised by wearing long, colorful skirts. It has been conjectured that she also suffered from spina bifida, a congenital disease that could have affected both spinal and leg development.[13] As a girl, she participated in boxing and other sports. In 1922, Kahlo was enrolled in the Preparatoria, one of Mexico's premier schools, where she was one of only thirty-five girls. Kahlo joined a clique at the school and fell in love with the leader, Alejandro Gomez Arias. During this period, Kahlo also witnessed violent armed struggles in the streets of Mexico City as the Mexican Revolution continued.

On September 17, 1925, Kahlo was riding in a bus when the vehicle collided with a trolley car. She suffered serious injuries in the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. An iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus, which seriously damaged her reproductive ability.

Although she recovered from her injuries and eventually regained her ability to walk, she was plagued by relapses of extreme pain for the remainder of her life. The pain was intense and often left her confined to a hospital or bedridden for months at a time. She underwent as many as thirty-five operations as a result of the accident, mainly on her back, her right leg and her right foot.

[edit]Career as painter
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Frida Kahlo with Diego Rivera in 1932, byCarl Van Vechten.

After the accident, Kahlo turned her attention away from the study of medicine to begin a full-time painting career. The accident left her in a great deal of pain while she recovered in a full body cast; she painted to occupy her time during her temporary state of immobilization. Her self-portraits became a dominant part of her life when she was immobile for three months after her accident. Kahlo once said, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."[9] Her mother had a special easel made for her so she could paint in bed, and her father lent her his box of oil paints and some brushes.[14]

Drawing on personal experiences, including her marriage, her miscarriages, and her numerous operations, Kahlo's works often are characterized by their stark portrayals of pain. Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits which often incorporate symbolic portrayals of physical and psychological wounds. She insisted, "I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality."

Kahlo was influenced by indigenous Mexican culture, which is apparent in her use of bright colors and dramatic symbolism. She frequently included the symbolic monkey. In Mexican mythology, monkeys are symbols of lust, but Kahlo portrayed them as tender and protective symbols. Christian and Jewish themes are often depicted in her work.[15]

She combined elements of the classic religious Mexican tradition with surrealist renderings. Kahlo created a few drawings of "portraits," but unlike her paintings, they were more abstract. She did one of her husband, Diego Rivera,[16] and of herself.[17] At the invitation of André Breton, she went to Francein 1939 and was featured at an exhibition of her paintings in Paris. The Louvre bought one of her paintings, The Frame, which was displayed at the exhibit. This was the first work by a 20th century Mexican artist ever purchased by the internationally renowned museum.

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Malú Block (left), Frida Kahlo (center) andDiego Rivera photographed by Carl Van Vechtenin 1932.

As a young artist, Kahlo approached the Mexican painter, Diego Rivera, whose work she admired, asking him for advice about pursuing art as a career. He recognized her talent and her unique expression as truly special and uniquely Mexican.[18] He encouraged her artistic development and began an intimate relationship with Frida. They were married in 1929, despite the disapproval of Frida's mother.

Their marriage was often tumultuous. Kahlo and Rivera had fiery temperaments and had numerous extramarital affairs. The openly bisexual Kahlo had affairs with both men and women, including Josephine Baker;[3] Rivera knew of and tolerated her relationships with women, but her relationships with men made him jealous. For her part, Kahlo was furious when she learned that Rivera had an affair with her younger sister, Cristina. The couple eventually divorced in November 1939, but remarried in December 1940. Their second marriage was as turbulent as the first. Their living quarters often were separate, although sometimes adjacent.[19]

Later years and death
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Frida Kahlo. The Suicide ofDorothy Hale. 1939. Oil on masonite. 60.4 x 48.6 cm. The Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

the legend translated:

In the city of New York on the twenty-first day of the month of October, 1938, at six o'clock in the morning, Mrs. Dorothy Hale committed suicide by throwing herself out of a very high window of the Hampshire House building. In her memory [Mrs. Clare Booth Luce commissioned][20]this retablo, executed by Frida Kahlo."[21]

Active communists, Kahlo and Rivera befriended Leon Trotsky as he sought political asylum in Mexico from Joseph Stalin's regime in the Soviet Union during the late 1930s. In 1937 initially, Trotsky lived with Rivera and then at Kahlo's home (where he had an affair with Kahlo).[3] Trotsky and his wife then moved to another house in Coyoacán where, in 1940, he was assassinated.

A few days before Frida Kahlo died on July 13, 1954, she wrote in her diary: "I hope the exit is joyful — and I hope never to return — Frida".[3] The official cause of death was given as a pulmonary embolism, although some suspected that she died from an overdose that may or may not have been accidental.[3] Anautopsy was never performed. She had been very ill throughout the previous year and her right leg had been amputated at the knee, owing to gangrene. She had a bout of bronchopneumonia near that time, which had left her quite frail.[3]

In his autobiography, Diego Rivera would write that the day Kahlo died was the most tragic day of his life, adding that, too late, he had realized that the most wonderful part of his life had been his love for her.[3]

pre-Columbian urn holding her ashes is on display in her former home, La Casa Azul (The Blue House), in Coyoacán, which since 1958 has been maintained as a museum housing a number of her works of art and numerous relics from her personal life.[3]

[edit]Posthumous recognition
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La Casa Azul in Coyoacán (photo taken in 2005).

Kahlo's work was not widely recognized until decades after her death. Often she was popularly remembered only asDiego Rivera's wife. It was not until the early 1980s, when the artistic movement in Mexico known as Neomexicanismobegan, that she became very prominent.[22] This movement recognized the values of contemporary Mexican culture; it was the moment when artists such as Kahlo, Abraham ÁngelÁngel Zárraga, and others became household names and Helguera's classical calendar paintings achieved fame.[22]

During the same decade other factors helped to establish her success. The first retrospective of Frida Kahlo's work outside Mexico (exhibited alongside the photographs of Tina Modotti) opened at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in May 1982, organized and co-curated by Peter Wollen and Laura Mulvey. The exhibition was also shown in Sweden, Germany, New York and Mexico City. The movie Frida, naturaleza viva (1983), directed by Paul Leduc with Ofelia Medina as Frida and painter Juan José Gurrola as Diego, was a huge success. For the rest of her life, Medina has remained in a sort of perpetual Frida role.[23] Also during the same time, Hayden Herrera published an influential biography, Frida: The Biography of Frida Kahlo, which became a worldwide bestseller. Raquel Tibol, a Mexican artist and personal friend of Frida, wrote Frida Kahlo: una vida abierta.[24] Other works about her include a biography by Mexican art critic and psychoanalyst Teresa del Conde and texts by other Mexican critics and theorists, such as Jorge Alberto Manrique.[22]

1990-1991, "Diego on my Mind," by Frida Kahlo, oil on masonite, 76 by 61 centimeters, 1943 was used as the representing piece on the post for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries art exhibit.

In 1991, the opera Frida by Robert Xavier Rodriguez, commissioned by the American Music Theater Festival, premiered in Philadelphia.

In 1994, American jazz flautist and composer James Newton released an album inspired by Kahlo titled Suite for Frida Kahlo on AudioQuest Music (now known as Sledgehammer Blues).[25]

On June 21, 2001, she became the first Hispanic woman to be honored with a U.S. postage stamp.[26]

In 2002, the American biographical film Frida, directed by Julie Taymor, in which Salma Hayek portrayed the artist, was released.[27] The film was based on Herrera's book. It grossed US$ 58 million worldwide.[27]

In 2006, Kahlo's 1943 painting Roots set a US$ 5.6 million auction record for a Latin American work.[28]

The 2009 novel by Barbara Kingsolver, "The Lacuna," prominently features Kahlo, her life with Rivera, and her affair with Trotsky.

On July 6, 2010, to commemorate her birthday, Google altered its standard logo to include a portrait of Frida, depicted in her style of art.[29]

On August 30, 2010, the Bank of Mexico issued a new MXN$ 500-peso note, featuring herself and her 1949 painting titled Love's Embrace of the Universe, Earth, (Mexico), I, Diego and Mr. Xólotlon the back of the note while her husband Diego was on the front of the note.[30]

[edit]Centennial celebrations

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Frida Kahlo honored her with the largest exhibit ever held of her paintings at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Kahlo's first comprehensive exhibit in Mexico.[31]Works were on loan from Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Nagoya, Japan. The exhibit included one-third of her artistic production, as well as manuscripts and letters that had not been displayed previously.[31] The exhibit was open June 13 through August 12, 2007 and broke all attendance records at the museum.[32] Some of her work was on exhibit inMonterreyNuevo León, and moved in September 2007 to museums in the United States.

In 2008, a Frida Kahlo exhibition in the United States with over forty of her self-portraits, still lifes, and portraits was shown at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and other venues.

A "Frida Kahlo Retrospective" exhibit at the Walter-Gropius-Bau, Berlin from April 30 to August 9, 2010, has brought together more than 120 drawings and paintings, including several drawings never before publicly displayed. In light of Kahlo's "preferred" birth year (she claimed to be born in 1910 during the Mexican Revolution), the Berlin show is also being touted as a centennial exhibition.

Previously, the most recent international exhibition of Kahlo's work had been in 2005 in London, which brought together eighty-seven of her works.

[edit]La Casa Azul

Kahlo's Casa Azul (Blue House) in CoyoacánMexico City, where she lived and worked, was donated by Diego Rivera upon his death in 1957 and is now a museum housing artifacts of her life. Her former home is a popular destination for tourists.


  1. ^ Image—full description and credit: Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, oil on canvas on Masonite, 24-1/2 x 19 inches, Nikolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc 06059, México, D.F.
  2. a b Frieda is a German name taken from the word for peace (Friede/Frieden). Frida dropped the "e" in her name around 1935.
  3. a b c d e f g h Herrera, Hayden (1983). A Biography of Frida Kahlo. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0060085896.
  4. ^ "Frida Kahlo". Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  5. ^ Frida Kahlo By Adam G. Klein
  6. ^ Andrea, Kettenmann (1993). Frida Kahlo: Pain and Passion. Köln: Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH. pp. 3. ISBN 3822896365.
  7. a b Norma Broude, Mary D. Garrard. The Expanding discourse: feminism and art history. 1992, page 399
  8. ^ Karl, Ruhrberg; Manfred Schneckenburger; Christiane Fricke; Klaus Honnef (2000). Frida Kahlo: Art of the 20th Century: Painting, Sculpture, New Media, Photography. Köln: Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH. pp. 745. ISBN 3822859079.
  9. a b Andrea Kettenmann, Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo, 1907-1954: pain and passion page 27
  10. ^ Herrera, Hayden (1983). A Biography of Frida Kahlo. New York: HarperCollins. p. 5. ISBN 978-0060085896.
  11. ^ Ronnen, Meir (2006-04-20). "Frida Kahlo's father wasn't Jewish after all". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  12. ^ "Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Mexican Painter"Biography, Retrieved 2007-06-02.
  13. ^ Budrys, Valmantas (February 2006). "Neurological Deficits in the Life and Work of Frida Kahlo"European Neurology 55 (1): 4–10. doi:10.1159/000091136ISSN (print), ISSN = 1421-9913 (Online) 0014-3022 (print), ISSN = 1421-9913 (Online)PMID 16432301. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  14. ^ Cruz, Barbara (1996). Frida Kahlo: Portrait of a Mexican Painter. Berkeley Heights: Enslow. pp. 9. ISBN 0-89490-765-4.
  15. ^ "Frida Kahlo"The Jewish Mexicana. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  16. ^ Kahlo's Surrealist drawing, Diego'
  17. ^ Kahlo's Surrealist drawing, Frida
  18. ^ "Movie Review: Frida"The Life of Frida Kahlo, Famed Mexican. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  19. ^ "Mexican painter Frida Kahlo"Frida Kahlo Google Doodle. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  20. ^ These words were subsequently painted out by Kahlo on Luce's request.
  21. ^ Andrea Kettenmann (1999). Frida Kahlo: 1907–1954 Pain and Passion. Taschen. ISBN 3822859834.
  22. a b c Emerich, Luis Carlos (1989). Figuraciones y desfiguros de los ochentas. Mexico City: Editorial Diana. ISBN 968-13-1908-7.
  23. ^ "Cada quién su Frida, stage piece"Cada quien su Frida. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  24. ^ Tibol, Raquel (original 1983, English translation 1993 by Eleanor Randall) Frida Kahlo: an Open Life. USA: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 082631418X
  25. ^ "Suite for Frida Kahlo"Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  26. ^ USPS - Stamp Release No. 01-048 - Postal Service Continues Its Celebration of Fine Arts With Frida Kahlo Stamp
  27. a b Frida (2002)
  28. ^ "Frida Kahlo " Roots " Sets $5.6 Million Record at Sotheby's". Art Knowledge News. Retrieved 2007-09-23.
  29. ^
  30. ^ "Presentación del nuevo billete de quinientos pesos"Bank of Mexico. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  31. a b "Largest-ever exhibit of Frida Kahlo work to open in Mexico"Agence France Presse, Yahoo News (May 29, 2007). Retrieved 2007-05-30.
  32. ^ "Centenary show for Mexican painter Kahlo breaks attendance records"People's Daily Online (August 14, 2007). Retrieved 2007-08-21.


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