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No two artists of the 20th century have captured the imagination of the 21st century more than Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) or Franz Kafka (1883-1924). Although their work is embedded in entirely different cultures (Kalho, Mexico; Kafka, German-speaking Czechoslovakia) and different genres of art (painting and literature respectively) their lives have significant parallels. The result is a remarkable confluence of themes and images–especially those of wounds that are at once physical and psychological. In this presentation I will offer an overview of their work in the context of their lives and show how each of these suffering artists made use of their art to keep their hold on hope alive. While art cannot heal, it can have a healing impact on those who produce it as well as on the viewers and readers.


The venue is Hornbake’s Library Media Services Center on the ground floor of the library in room 0302

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