Untitled, from the Silueta series

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

Exhibition Label
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
Title
Untitled, from the Silueta series
Artist
Date
1980
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sight 38 3/4 x 52 1/2 in. (98.4 x 133.4 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
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