Pariah

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

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.

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La figura desafiante en Pariah lleva un amuleto indígena y tiene el cabello negro y ondulado sugerente de la ascendencia africana. Dimas utilizó la gama de estilos pictóricos relacionados con el arte abstracto que floreció en Nueva York desde la década de los cincuenta para representar esta figura monumental. El pintó Pariah poco después de co-fundar el Taller Boricua, el colectivo de artistas que formuló la plataforma cultural del movimiento a favor de los derechos civiles de los puertorriqueños en Nueva York. Estos artistas crearon obras que afirmaron la identidad africana e indígena (o taína) híbrida, de los puertorriqueños.

Title
Pariah
Artist
Date
1971-1972
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
6554 in. (165.1137.2 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
Linked Open Data URI

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