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press release

Although she died tragically in 1985 at the age of 36, Ana Mendieta’s exploration of the female body and its social and political implications through performances, sculptures, and “actions” has had a lasting impact on contemporary art. Beginning with performance-based works of the early 1970s, the exhibition will follow the artist’s development, examining her well known Silueta series made in Iowa and Mexico (1973-1980), as well as sculptures and installations of the early 1980s fashioned from twigs, bark, leaves, sand, and mud. Also on view will be the artist’s Rupestrian (inscribed on rock or composed of rock) series, landscape interventions made in Cuba in 1981, and documentation of earthworks executed in a variety of locations in the early 1980s. The nearly 100 works will be drawn from numerous public and private collections in the United States, Europe and Latin America, including photographs, drawings, sculptures, video, film, and sequenced slide projections that document performance works and time-based actions in nature.

Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance 1972-1985 was organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. The exhibition is made possible by The Henry Luce Foundation, the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation, and The Judith Rothschild Foundation. Initial research was supported by Craig Robins and a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Getty Grant Program. Additional support for the exhibition catalog was made possible through the generosity of Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz and Isabel and Ricardo Ernst.

In Miami, the exhibition is supported by Miami Art Museum's Annual Exhibition Fund and is coordinated by Associate Curator Cheryl Hartup.


Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance, 1972-85
Organisation: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington
Koordination in Miami: Cheryl Hartup