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Ana Mendieta
Untitled: Silueta Series Iowa
1977/1991

From Silueta Works in Iowa, 1976–1978
Chromogenic Color Print
Edition 15 of 20 + IV APs

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
20,000 USD

In 1973, while an MFA candidate at the university of Iowa, Ana Mendieta traveled to Mexico to research Pre-Columbian religion. During this period Medieta began work on the Silueta series which drew influence from religious ritual and earth art. Using elemental materials—earth, fire, water—Mendieta inscribed her body on the landscape and photographed the resulting trace.

Portrait of Ana Mendieta. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Portrait of Ana Mendieta. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Exhibition History for
Untitled: Silueta Series Iowa

  • Ana Mendieta (1948–1985), Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland, April 2–May 19, 1996; Uppsala Kunst Museum, Uppsala, Sweden, June 4–September 8, 1996; selected films traveled to the Living Art Reykjavik, Iceland, August 3–18, 1996, and to the Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark, January 17–April 7, 1997.
  • Ana Mendieta (1948–1985), Body Tracks, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland, October 19, 2002–February 23, 2003; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, March 29–July 27, 2003.
  • Traces: Body and Idea in Contemporary Art The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, November 9–December 19, 2004; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan, January 12, 2004–February 25, 2005.
  • Beyond the Performance: Ana Mendieta in the 1970’s, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, August 27–October 23, 2005.
  • Como viver junto, 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 7–December 17, 2006.
  • A.I.R. Gallery Retrospective, Werkstätte, New York, NY, May 1–June 14, 2008.
  • ¿Como decir nosotros?, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico, September 23–October 30, 2017.
  • Wilderness, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, November 1, 2018–February 3, 2019.
  • We The People: 50 Years of Women’s Studies and Activism Through Art, San Diego State University School of Art and Design, San Diego, California, April 16–June 26, 2020.