Frida's Journey

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Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?
-Frida Kahlo 

Frida Kahlo was a dynamic individual. The body of work that she produced is an autobiography in itself. Through this assignment you will be able to walk in the shoes of a museum curator, art historian, and artist, Frida Kahlo. 

As you research her life, consider the events in your own life that have shaped you. How have the events that have shaped you shaped your perspective of the world?


She is one of my favorite artists. I hope you enjoy her story and work as much as I do.


I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
-Frida Kahlo 

You are assuming the role of curator for an exhibition of Frida Kahlo's life work. You have unlimited resources. You can show any piece of her work as well as other artwork and/or personal pictures or videos if necessary. Your job is to create an autobiographical exhibition. 

Create a powerpoint presentation using Prezi ( as the template for your exhibition. Remember to include the dates and the significance of the work. You must discuss why you decided to use the particular pieces of work for your exhibition.






I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
-Frida Kahlo 

1. Research Frida Kahlo's life and work.

  • What were the defining points in her life?
  • How did events in her life influence her work? 

2. Visit local and virtual museums that have Frida's work. 

  • Study how the work is displayed.
  • What part of the museum is her work located? Why do you think the curators of the museum hung her work in this specific place. Remember, museusms consider everything when hanging a collection; it is never just happenstance. 
  • Does the work surrounding Frida's enhance her work? 
  • Did you make any connections to her work with other pieces?
  • Take time to set up an appointment with a museum curator and interview them. Create a list of questions before you go to the museum. Discuss their decision-making process.

3. Ask yourself these questions as you organize your exhibition:

  • Who is Frida Kahlo?
  • Why is she such an important figure in the art world?
  • If I was Frida, how would I want for my story to be told?
  • What would be the best, most respectful, way to introduce and exhibit Frida's work to the public?

4. As you are composing your thoughts, assume that your audience has never heard of Frida Kahlo (I know), but this is a good way to approach your project.  

5. Remember to include pics every step of the way to illustrate every chapter of her life. 


6. Collaborate with your team and sketch out the layout of your exhibition. 

  • What images are you going to use?
  • Why are these images significant? 
  • In what order should you place the images?
  • Should you use a video clip instead of an image? 

7. Create info cards for each artwork. Info cards must include:

  • artist's name
  • title of work
  • year the work was completed
  • the medium
The info cards will be presented as a slide in the presentation.

8. Along with the info cards, write a short description for each piece. Use the four steps of art criticism to assist you. Create a slide for your description.
9. Use all of your findings to support your presentation. 

10. Create a slide to cite all references used. 

11. You have 4 team tasks to accomplish.  Each task builds upon the previous one.  Successful completion of these tasks will require:

  Clearly assigning roles and responsibilities.

  Managing your time, the scope of your work, and the final presentation or product.

  Asking questions and checking for confusion or misunderstanding.

  Sharing ideas, supporting each other as needed.

Follow this link to a Process Guide to help keep each task on track.

Here are a few resources to get you started:




Follow the link to see how your presentation will be evaluated:



I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
-Frida Kahlo 

  • Do your best!
  • Have fun!
  • Learn something!