Reading of Frida
By Israel Jimenez
Recommended for Ages 8+
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts Studio, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
This enchantingly visual and lyrical exploration of a young artist’s mind celebrates the power of art-making in the face of personal and political upheaval. As Mexico grapples with a revolution outside her bedroom window, young Frida dreams of attending school. Polio confines her to bed, but a paintbrush unexpectedly provides a means of escape. With the help of her Amiga, a traditional Tehuana dress magically come to life, Frida paints her way through an epic journey in search of the powerful and dangerous tiger – the Aztec Emperador. Can the ability to draw – and to erase – provide Frida with the strength to defeat the tiger and chart her own destiny?