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Literature to Life Workshop: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter


Literature to Life (LTL) is a performance-based literacy program that presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations of American literary classics. In this workshop, LTL explores aspects of Mexican culture and identity through the lens of the novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez, while responding directly to the portrayal of young Mexican girls enacting traditional roles in the Diego Rivera painting La ofrenda, photographs of Frida Kahlo in Frida Kahlo in Context, and a selection of works included in The World of Frida.

The workshop, staged in the galleries, will use tableaux vivants, or living mural techniques, to activate works of art and scenes from the book, offering an opportunity to connect visual and literary art forms in a unique and interesting way.

The National Book Award finalist and New York Times Bestseller, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter focuses on Julia, a teenager attempting to help put the pieces of her broken family back together after the tragic loss of her older sister, Olga. The story focuses on how Julia experiences loss and ultimately finds herself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home. Kahlo was no stranger to grief, having experienced multiple losses in her life from the time she was in a serious accident at the age of 18. She explored her grief through her art, much as we explore grief through the novel.

The workshop features simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and ASL. Recommended for ages 14+.

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Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Ave
Yonkers, New York 10701
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Times: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event
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Presenter: Hudson River Museum
Presenter Phone: 9149634550
Presenter Website: https://www.hrm.org/

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Support provided by Art Bridges