An Ofrenda for Dolores del Rio

  • Amalia Mesa-Bains, An Ofrenda for Dolores del Rio, 1984, revised 1991, mixed media installation including plywood, mirrors, fabric, framed photographs, found objects, dried flowers and glitter, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1991, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1998.161

Exhibition Label

An Ofrenda for Dolores del Rio draws viewers in with its sumptuous pink fabric, rows of black-and-white pictures, and an arrangement of fanciful objects set in a niche. Mesa-Bains created this work to honor Dolores del Rio, the Mexican actress who dazzled audiences in the United States and Mexico from the 1920s until her death in 1983. The artist retooled the vernacular and domestic practice of the ofrenda (an offering to the deceased) to memorialize a cultural icon whom she and other Chicanas admired. Mesa-Bains implied this relationship through her ample use of mirrors, which reflect and incorporate the viewer into her installation.

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Title
An Ofrenda for Dolores del Rio
Artist
Date
1984, revised 1991
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
96 x 72 x 48 in. (243.8 x 182.9 x 121.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program

Mediums Description
mixed media installation including plywood, mirrors, fabric, framed photographs, found objects, dried flowers and glitter
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Rio, Dolores del
  • Monument – memorial – del Rio
  • Architecture – religious – altar
Object Number
1998.161
Palette
Research Notes
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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