Untitled, from the Silueta series

  • Ana Mendieta, Untitled, from the Silueta series, 1980, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool and the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1995.54.2, © 1980, Estate of Ana Mendieta

Mendieta’s Silueta series, produced between 1973 and 1980, explores the connections between nature and the female body. This photograph documents an ephemeral sculpture – in the shape of the artist’s silhouette and loosely evocative of ancient goddess archetypes – carved directly into the earth with minimal disruption of the environment. Mendieta’s Siluetas signify a return to a metaphorical womb and her native Cuban homeland as she molded a feminist subject and land art processes to explore the theme of exile.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

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La serie Silueta, de Mendieta, creada entre 19731980, estudia las conexiones entre la naturaleza y el cuerpo de la mujer. Esta fotografía documenta una escultura efímera —con la forma de la silueta de la artista y vagamente evocadora de los arquetipos de la Diosa Madre— tallada directamente en la tierra con una alteración mínima del entorno. Las Siluetas de Mendieta significan un retorno a una matriz metafórica y a su Cuba natal al mediar un tema feminista con procesos del arte de la tierra para analizar el tema del exilio.

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense, 2013

Title
Untitled, from the Silueta series
Artist
Date
1980
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sight 38 3452 12 in. (98.4133.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool and the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Modern art movement – installation exterior – Mexico
  • Landscape – Mexico – Oaxaca
  • Landscape – mountain – Mountain of San Felipe
Object Number
1995.54.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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