This weekend is the long awaited opening of the Ana Mendieta retrospective at the Whitney in New York.
Organized and curated by Olga Viso, the energetic young Deputy Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the show will be on view in New York from July 1 to September 19, 2004 and then it will travel to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Ana Mendieta was a Pedro Pan child and her interest in exploring the female body and its social and political implications through performances, sculptures, and "actions" as a tremendous impact, which although clearly evident, has not truly been recognized - hopefully this exhibition will plant Mendieta very firmly as one of the last century's most influential (and under recognized artists).
This show is a survey of fifteen years of this exiled Cuban artist's career, and it includes the well-known Silueta Series, made in Iowa and Mexico from 1973 to 1980, as well as Mendieta's sculptures and installations of the early 1980s.
Look for Hollywood to "discover" the spectacular life led by Mendieta and her even more spectacular death. Mendieta fell from a window of her 34th-floor Greenwich Village apartment where she lived with her husband, the sculptor Carl Andre. He was charged with but eventually acquitted of her murder.
Leslie Cahmi wrote a really good article about Mendieta in the Sunday New York Times. Read it here - at BookofJoe.