Class of 1970 Art Fund at the Johnson Museum

Untitled (Silueta series)

In 2005, at the time of our 35th reunion, monies from The Class of 1970 Fund were used to purchase a very large black and white photograph, Untitled (Silueta series), 1980, by Ana Mendieta, an artist of Cuban heritage, who was a seminal figure in the feminist art movement of the 1970’s.  The photographs in this series document Mendieta’s private rituals of reconnecting with the earth by carving, sculpting, immersing, and burning her silhouette into natural settings, in this instance at Montana de San Felipe, Mexico.  Mendieta is associated not only with feminist art, but also with earth art, which The Class of 1970 was introduced to, firsthand, when the Andrew Dickson White House presented the first Earth Art exhibit anywhere, in the spring of our junior year (1969).

Untitled (Silueta series) Ana Mendieta
American, born Cuba, 1948-1985
Untitled (Silueta series), 1980
Lifetime black and white photograph of earth carving executed at Montana de San Felipe, Mexico
53" x 39"
Acquired through the Class of 1970 Fund

updated on 25 FEB 2013