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Beyond the Social Pale

1996 Daniel Joseph Martinez Born: Los Angeles, California 1957 El Nopal Press (Printer) El Nopal Press (Publisher) color lithograph 21 1/2 in. × 68 in. (54.6 × 172.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program © 1996, Daniel J. Martinez 1998.98A-D Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing

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What if we could see the world anew? Daniel Joseph Martinez's four-part print conceives the US-Mexico border as a place of discovery. Martinez superimposes large arrows and postcards of beautiful destinations on a map of the region to suggest the passage of an explorer. The final panel offers another way to break with the world as we know it. It adapts text from a 1990s Gap store ad campaign that pictured famous people like Miles Davis, Andy Warhol, and Amelia Earhart wearing khakis. Rather than focus on esteemed cultured icons, Martinez names dictators and military strongmen who also wore khakis.


Architecture Exterior - castle

Object - written matter - map

Occupation - political - dictator

Waterscape - coast

graphic arts - print

paper - laid paper

About Daniel Joseph Martinez

Born: Los Angeles, California 1957

About El Nopal Press

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