Where is Ana Mendieta? 25 Years Later: An Exhibition and Symposium


25 Years Later: An Exhibition and Symposium

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September 8, 2010 marks 25 years since artist Ana Mendieta’s fatal fall, naked, from the window of the 34th floor apartment she shared with her husband of just eight months, the renowned sculptor, Carl Andre. NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts directly overlooks the rooftop of the Delion delicatessen, the site of her violent end. And, the Fales Collection at NYU contains the A.I.R. Gallery archive, with a significant number of Mendieta’s original works. Mendieta’s haunting proximity and continually felt presence at NYU make it the most appropriate locale for this Exhibition and Symposium. And, after 25 years, it is time to ask this question once again, ‘Where is Ana Mendieta?’*
The Exhibition and Symposium will reveal vital aspects of Mendieta’s iconoclastic earth, body, performance, site-specific and visual art works, while addressing her influences, legacy, and the era of Feminist Art from which she emerged. This will be the first Exhibit and Symposium to explicitly address the debate surrounding her tragic death and what many believe to be Carle Andre’s unjust acquittal of her murder. ‘Where is Ana Mendieta?’ examines both this important, influential artist and the lingering memory and controversy surrounding her tragic death.
October 7, Thursday
7 to 9 pm
Panelists include:
Kat Griefen, Director of the A.I.R. Gallery
Genevieve Hyacinthe, Professor of Contemporary, African/Afro-Atlantic Art History at Purchase College (SUNY)
José Esteban Muñoz, Chair, Associate Professor, Performance Studies at NYU
Carolee Schneemann, Multidisciplinary Artist, Author, Mendieta’s friend and ‘aesthetic sister’
Diana Taylor, University Professor, Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU and Founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor

August 1 to October 8
Fales Library, 70 Washington Square South
The Fales Collection exhibit includes the original works of Mendieta, most of which were not exhibited in her lifetime, related personal effects and the film BloodWork: The Ana Mendieta Story by Richard Move.
Sponsored by the Department of Performance Studies and the Fales Library and Special Collections, with the collaborative co-sponsorship of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the English Department, Grey Art Gallery, and CSGS at NYU; and by Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory.
Image: Ana Mendieta, Tree of Life, 1976, courtesy of A.I.R. Gallery Archives