El Patio de Mi Casa

  • María Brito, El Patio de Mi Casa, 1990, metal, acrylic, plastic, fabric, paper, mixed media, glass, photograph, light bulb, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1991, María Brito, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1997.71A-G

Exhibition Label
While preparing this installation Brito remembered the well-known children’s song called El patio de mi casa (The Backyard of My House). In Brito’s backyard, nature struggles to survive the uprooting of migration, here symbolized by the constricting cradle, barren tree shadows, and the cracked ground. Rain collects at the top of the wall and channels down into the sink, giving a tree sapling a chance to thrive. Brito’s humble Cuban American kitchen is a site of remembrance, transformation, and growth.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
El Patio de Mi Casa
Artists
Date
1990
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
overall: 95 1/2 x 68 1/4 x 65 in. (242.6 x 173.4 x 165.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Interior – domestic – kitchen
  • Object – furniture – cradle
  • Architecture Exterior – detail – patio
Object Number
1997.71A-G
Palette
Linked Open Data
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