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A mirror sits in a green tinted forest


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Ana Mendieta is widely regarded as among the most original and talented artists of the postwar era. She produced a stunning body of work that drew together the most important innovations of her moment, including land art, film, performance, intersectional feminism, and presciently foregrounding issues of identity, translocations, and ecology. In this special program, for the first time, all Smithsonian holdings of her films will be shown together. Time-based media art curators at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Portrait Gallery, and Smithsonian American Art Museum will then discuss her engagement with natural and social environments with Raquel Cecilia, Mendieta’s niece, Estate director and director of a documentary on the artist’s life, Rebel by Nature: The Life & Art of Ana Mendieta.

Presented by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Portrait Gallery, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

This program is part of  “Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian,” a monthly virtual film screening and conversation series sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story. Visit WomensHistory.si.edu for more information about upcoming events in this screening series.

CART (real-time captioning) will be provided for this program. If you have any questions about accessibility for this program, please email isgrom@si.edu

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Image caption: Still from Ana Mendieta, Mirage, 1974. Super-8mm film (color, silent); transferred to digital © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. Licensed by the Artist Rights Society (ARS), NY



December 2, 2021
5:30 pm–6:30 pm
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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