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MCA Talk
So You Think You Know Frida Kahlo?

Sat, Jun 28, 2014, 1–3:30 pm

Art historian Hayden Herrera, author of Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, discusses the Mexican artist’s life and work with a focus on Kahlo’s legacy, seen in the themes presented in Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo. A conversation in the galleries with Hayden Herrera, artist Doug Ischar, and art historian Debra Mancoff follows the talk.


About the Speakers

Art historian Hayden Herrera has been a freelance art critic and lecturer since 1974, and has spoken at numerous museums and colleges across the globe. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996 and served as guest curator for the Frida Kahlo Centennial Exhibition, which premiered at the Walker Art Center in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and SFMOMA (2007). Herrera is the author of several books including Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo and Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and recently finished writing a biography of Isamu Noguchi to be published by Farrar Straus. Herrera currently resides in New York City.

Since the early 1990s, Doug Ischar’s work has focused on the potentials of video and sound in ever more distilled manifestations. Following large multimedia installations such as Orderly (1994) and Wake (1996), he turned to more minimal forms. His 1997 project for InSite (San Diego/Tijuana) used a high school basketball court as locale for a multimedia meditation on adolescent homosexual desire. His 2005 public installation, Water Music, explores the relationship between personal and artistic histories of the Pacific Rim cultures in which Ischar lived as a child. Starting in 2007, Ischar began producing single-channel videos around issues of cross-generational male intimacy and psychological/social loss. One of his most recent works, Come Lontano (2010) explores the lives of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Maria Callas as they intersected during the making of Medea. Ischar received his MFA in photography from California Institute of the Arts in1987. His work has been shown in cities all over the world including Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; Göteborg’s Konstmuseum, Gothenburg, Sweden; and MCA Chicago. Ischar currently resides in Chicago and is an Associate Professor of Photography at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Author Debra N. Mancoff writes about the intersection of art, fashion, and culture. Her books include Danger! Women Artists at Work; Icons of Beauty: Art, Culture, and the Image of Women, and 50 American Artists You Should Know. Her new book Fashion Muse: Inspiration Behind Icon Design is scheduled to publish summer 2014. She received her doctorate in art history from Northwestern University and is Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago.