Artwork: Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) Le Cadre, 1938 Fixé sur verre (plaque de verre), Paris, Centre Pompidou, musée national d’art moderne, Centre de création industrielle Achat de l’État en 1939 © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Claude Planchet © [2016] Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Adagp, Paris

“Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence,” Mexican artist Frida Kahlo observed, giving voice to the deeper meaning of our purpose on earth. While we are here, we experience things that delve deep below the surface of all that is polite, pleasant, and respectable, cutting to the very marrow of our bones and exposing us to the highest highs and the lowest lows. There is no escape from this—nor should there be. This is the path through which we learn that which is universal to life itself, and thus we begin to learn empathy.

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Art is a vehicle to express, expose, and communicate in a language all its own that speaks to everyone in the sighted world without uttering a single word. Through the use of color, line, shape, and form, works of art convey ideas, experiences, and feelings, though we may not fully register all the layers at first glance. The brilliance of art is that it never changes, but we do, allowing us to learn more and more about our selves and the world in which we live.

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Tina Modotti (1896-1942). Guitare, cartouchière et faucille, illustration de l’annonce pour la chanteuse communiste concha lichel, publiée dans el machete, no 168, Épreuve gélatino-argentique. Mexico, Museo Nacional de Arte, INBA Donation de la famille Maples Arce, 2015 1er juin 1929 © Francisco Kochen

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