María’s Great Expedition

  • Christina Fernandez, María’s Great Expedition, 1995-1996, five gelatin silver prints, one chromogenic print, one inkjet print, and bilingual narrative, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1996, Christina Fernandez, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.11A-H

Exhibition Label
Fernandez’s installation mimics a museum display that recounts the story of early explorers of the Southwest. Fernandez photographed herself in the guise of her great-grandmother María González, the first member of her family to migrate to the United States from Mexico. The accompanying narrative details how González and other Mexican Americans settled in places such as Arizona, Texas, and California. The artist’s fictive photographs, which reflect the shifting conventions of early to mid-twentieth-century photography, highlight the constructed nature of all historical accounts.


Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013
Title
María’s Great Expedition
Artist
Date
1995-1996
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
dimensions variable
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums Description
five gelatin silver prints, one chromogenic print, one inkjet print, and bilingual narrative
Classifications
Object Number
2012.11A-H
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More Artworks from the Collection