Pariah

  • Marcos Dimas, Pariah, 1971-1972, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1971-1972, Marcos Dimas, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2013.15

Exhibition Label
The defiant figure in Pariah wears an indigenous amulet and has wavy black hair that suggests African ancestry. Dimas depicted his monumental figure using a range of paintings styles associated with abstract art that flourished in New York during and after the 1950s. He painted Pariah shortly after he cofounded Taller Boricua, an artists’ collective that shaped the cultural dimensions of the Puerto Rican civil rights movement in New York. These artists created works that affirmed the hybrid African and indigenous (or Taino) identity of Puerto Ricans.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
Pariah
Artist
Date
1971-1972
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
65 x 54 in. (165.1 x 137.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure – bust
Object Number
2013.15
Palette
Linked Open Data
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