On February 24, 2015, Women in Art Initiative was officially launched at the University of Pennsylvania by College freshman, History of Art major and Women’s Studies minor, Linda Lin. The launch event was a screening and discussion of the movie, Frida, which depicts the legendary life of the well-known Mexican female artists, Frida Kahlo.
The screening began with a brief introduction of the themes and styles of Kahlo’s works, presented by Penn History of Art PhD candidate, Roksana Filipowska. After the screening, Roksana led a short reflection and discussion of the movie, bringing up questions about the the influence of gender on visual language, and the relationship between the personal and the universal.
The screening aimed to introduce one of the greatest women artists in history, Frida Kahlo, to the Penn community, as well as to present the mission of Women in Art Initiative, that is, to advocate for gender equality in the visual arts. In the future, Women in Art Initiative will continuously host film screenings to promote women artists and encourage conversation on gender and art.
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