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Contact: Deborah Gilleran
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Frida Kahlo’s Work to Be Explored at Georgian Court

“Frida Kahlo: Vibrant Paintings, Vibrant Life” Brings Mexican Artist’s Work to Life

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 27, 2009—Georgian Court University offers a glimpse into the passionate life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with “Frida Kahlo: Vibrant Paintings, Vibrant Life,” a multimedia presentation, on Friday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. Part of Georgian Court’s popular Adventures for the Mind and Palate series, a complete Mexican dinner will be served. Enjoy dessert and coffee during the presentation.

“The best way to learn about a culture is to experience it. Tasting the food, listening to the music, and observing the artwork are the best ways to discover the truth behind a culture and its influences,” says Lisa Festa, Ph.D., GCU assistant professor of art, who will be your travel guide on this armchair journey.

The dinner will include carnitas with pico de gallo, chicken chilaquiles, churros, chiles rellenos (stuffed pepper), posole (soup), and baja bean salad.

The event will take place on the Georgian Court Lakewood campus in the North Dining Room. To get your tickets, which are $35 per person for the multicourse dinner and lecture, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu. This event is almost sold out; call early to reserve your spot!

About Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) was one of the most influential Mexican painters of the middle 20th century. Popularized in the film and opera Frida, Kahlo’s turbulent life often overshadowed her gifted career. Physical traumas led her to leave a medical career for painting, which occupied her time during a long recovery in a body cast. Her talent was cultivated by her marriage to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, though their personal life was emotionally turbulent. Until the late 20th century, she was renowned more for being Rivera’s wife and Leon Trotsky’s paramour than for her haunting self-portraits and paintings reflective of realism, symbolism, and surrealism.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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