Pure Plantainum

  • Miguel Luciano, Pure Plantainum, 2006, green plantain plated in platinum and velvet, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.50A-B, © 2006, Miguel Luciano

In Caribbean popular culture, plantains can signify maligned African ancestry, masculinity, and national sovereignty. Luciano observed that for Latino youth this icon functioned as a badge of pride that announces their cultural roots. His bejeweled object – which houses a decomposed plantain within – visualizes how symbols change through migration. By fashioning an object that looks like extravagant hip-hop jewelry, Luciano also calls attention to how Latinos continue to play a role in creating this thriving popular culture.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
Pure Plantainum
Artist
Date
2006
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
approx. 1233 in. (30.57.67.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums
Mediums Description
green plantain plated in platinum and velvet
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – fruit – plantain
Object Number
2012.50A-B
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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