Totem Negro XVI

  • María Martínez-Cañas, Totem Negro XVI, 1992, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1992, María Martínez-Cañas, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1997.68

Exhibition Label
Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, and now living in Miami, Martínez-Cañas assembled the pieces of her multifaceted identity into a totem by using a complex photographic process. She drew cubist patterns and abstracted natural forms on large-scale negatives, incorporated images drawn from Cuban colonial maps and pre-Columbian art, and printed them in black-and-white. These hybrid forms announce her multiple cultural connections and recall the paintings of Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
Totem Negro XVI
Artist
Date
1992
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet and image: 53 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (135.9 x 23.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1997.68
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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