Frida teaches art admiration

The department of foreign languages and philosophy showcased the film Frida on Tuesday as the third film of their Latin American and Spanish Film Series.

The film centered on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, especially her romance and marriage with fellow artist, Diego Rivera.

Andrew Marvick, associate professor of art history, presented the film and focused on Kahlo and other female surrealist painters of her time.

He also explained Kahol’s relationship with Diego Rivera as being Rivera’s protégé.

“This is not unexpected,” he said. “Right through most of the twentieth century, as most people now can acknowledge, art was a man’s world. Art industry favored men and tended to think of women as decoration for the men.”

Marvick said he enjoyed the film.

“I thought it was very romantic, very entertaining,” he said. “There were a lot of interesting cinematic takes on the original paintings, which I thought were well within the range of tastes... it was fun. I was caught up in it like everyone else, I think.”

He also spoke about Frida’s style of art and her experience as an artist.

“Kahlo needs to be understood in the context of folk art, of what we now call ‘outsider art’ and before that... ‘primitive art.,’” he said. “She didn’t go to art school, as you saw in the film. She simply started making pictures from her imagination.”

He also mentioned the effect he felt the movie had.

“It’s a wonderful movie for people who want to see where inspiration comes from. I think it did a good job of that. It brought her personal life very believably into her work.”

Linda Johnson, a senior art history and Spanish double major from Fayetteville, N.C., said she enjoyed the movie.

“I’ve seen it before and I love this movie, I love Frida Kahlo,” she said.

Ashlea Patterson, a sophomore political science major from St. George, said she also liked the film.

“I thought it was good. I thought it was really artistically well-directed and the acting was amazing. I made me more interested in Frida. I wanna go look her up right now.”

Johnson said she was excited for Volver, next week’s film.

“I haven’t seen the one for next week. I haven’t had a chance to see a Pedro Almodóvar film,” she said. “He’s the director. He’s a Spanish director and he’s famous, so I’m excited.”

Volver stars Penélope Cruz and centers around her character, Raimunda, as her family is thrown into chaos after her daughter, Paula kills Raimunda’s husband, Paco and Raimunda’s mother’s ghost returns to resolve unfinished business.

Cruz’s role in Volver resulted in an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the movie won 53 awards worldwide, as well as another 53 nominations.

Volver, the last movie of the film series, will be shown in the General Classroom building, room 107 at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.


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