Hirshhorn Plaza

Ana Mendieta "Untitled (Body Tracks)"

October 14, 2004 to January 2, 2005
This major traveling survey is a comprehensive consideration of the Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta’s career between 1972 and 1985. Mendieta (b. 1948 – d. U.S., 1985) is celebrated for using her own body to explore issues of gender and identity, and her work has significantly influenced subsequent generations of artists. Employing a combination of film and slide projection, as well as photography and other materials, the exhibition will present little known performances from Mendieta’s student days in the innovative cross-disciplinary Intermedia Program at the University of Iowa, as well as her more well-known actions in the landscape, such as the “Silueta Series” made in Iowa and Mexico from 1973 to 1980. Landscape interventions, “earth body works” executed in Cuba, Canada, and the United States and a selection of sculptures and installations dating to the early 1980s will also be presented. The exhibition will be accompanied by a definitive monograph on the artist. Olga Viso, the Hirshhorn’s Curator of Contemporary Art, is the exhibition’s organizing curator.