Where is Ana Mendieta?: Identity, Performativity, and Exile

Where is Ana Mendieta?: Identity, Performativity, and Exile
Library Shelf Location 18.MEND
Publication Date 1999

Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-born artist who lived in exile in the United States, was one of the most provocative and complex personalities of the 1970s' artworld. In "Where is Ana Mendieta?", art historian Jane Blocker provides an in-depth critical analysis of Mendieta's diverse body of work. Although her untimely death in 1985 remains shrouded in controversy, her life and artistic legacy provide a unique vantage point from which to consider the history of performance art, installation, and earth works, as well as feminism, multiculturalism, and postmodernism. Taken from banners carried in a 1992 protest outside the Guggenheim Museum, the title phrase "Where is Ana Mendieta?" evokes not only the suspicious and tragic circumstances surrounding her death but also the conspicuous absence of women artists from high-profile exhibitions. Drawing on the work of such theorists as Judith Butler, Peggy Phelan, Joseph Roach, Edward Said, and Homi Bhabha, Blocker discusses the power of Mendieta's earth-and-body art to alter, unsettle, and broaden the terms of identity itself. "Where is Ana Mendieta?" will interest a broad audience, particularly those involved with the production, criticism, theory, and history of contemporary art.

ISBN 9780822323242
Quantity 1
Pages 184p; 23.7 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
Author Jane Blocker
Format Paperback
Publisher Duke University Press
Related Artist Ana Mendieta
Categories Live Art/Performance, Installation, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Artist's Nationality Cuban
Language English

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