Opera singer

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Copied Dora De Larios, Opera singer, ca. 1960, stoneware with glaze, 18 7815 788 58 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Forrest L. Merrill, 2021.98.1

Artwork Details

Opera singer
ca. 1960
18 7815 788 58 in.
Credit Line
Gift of Forrest L. Merrill
Mediums Description
stoneware with glaze
  • Performing arts — opera
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Artwork Description

Through this opera singer, Dora de Larios exclaims that she, too, is a great artist. This combination of subject and style challenges boundaries between “high” art like opera and “low” art like folk art ceramics. 

De Larios’s lifelong inspiration from Mesoamerican ceramics began when she was a young girl and encountered an Aztec calendar at an archaeological museum in Mexico City. She committed her artistic practice to emulating ancient Mexican motifs and stories, even as her peers in Los Angeles shattered craft’s connection to the past to define themselves in their field.

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022