Taste of Art: The Art of Mexican Mole and Frida Kahlo

November 30, 2022 7:00PM

Join us for the next Taste of Art as we travel south to explore a traditional Mexican mole recipe and learn about the significance and impact of the artist Frida Kahlo. Kahlo was a surrealist Mexican painter whose art focused on gender, class and race through the lens of her experiences, challenges and adventures. She was known for hosting large dinner parties and her cookbook features several variations of mole. Inspired by the various mole recipes included in Frida's cookbook, Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites will walk us through how to create Enmoladas (Mole Enchiladas) using our own version of this traditional Mexican sauce and its historical ingredients that are rooted in Indigenous Aztec culture.

Watch the recording from the program on 11/30 here.


A limited supply of FREE Taste of Art kits will be available for pickup at the LUAG Main Galleries in Zoellner Arts Center, beginning Tuesday, 11/29, 11 am-7 pm, Wednesday-Friday, 11 am-5 pm and Saturday, 1-5 pm through 12/3 (while supplies last). Please email luag@lehigh.edu if you'd like us to put a kit aside for you. Each kit will contain a pack of corn tortillas, 2 dry ancho chiles, 2 dry guajillo chiles, a can of refried black beans, and Mexican chocolate. The rest of the ingredients for the recipe can be easily found at your local market.

Taste of Art weaves culture and history together by pairing cuisine and recipes from the local SouthSide Bethlehem community with works of art from LUAG’s permanent collection. Through interactive lectures, DIY- at-home tastings, storytelling, and discussion, individuals of all ages and backgrounds will experience the intersection of art, cultural heritage, and cuisine. Interactive lectures and cooking demos are offered in partnership with Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites: Cooking Art History

Maite Gomez-Rejón is the founder of ArtBites. She has dedicated her career to exploring the nexus of art and culinary history through lectures, cooking classes, and tastings presented in museums across the country and through videos on her YouTube channel – ArtBites: Cooking Art History. Maite has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute in New York City. She has been a guest on the Today Show, featured in Food & Wine magazine, and interviewed on KCRW's Good Food and NPR's Splendid Table. She is also a contributor to Life & Thyme, Eaten Magazine, Gastro Obscura, and other publications. Her essay, “Mexico's Early Cookbooks,” appears in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. For more information visit artbites.net.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Rescue Plan for Museums and Libraries.

Héctor García Cobo. Frida with Painting "The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth, Myself, Diego and Senor Xolotl", Casa Azul, Coyoacán, 1949 (Printed 1980's). Gelatin silver print. Gift of Carla Stellweg. LUF 2015 1312.