Chicana Art The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities

ISBN-10: 0822338688
ISBN-13: 9780822338680
Edition: 2007
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Description: In Alma Lopez's digital print "Lupe & Sirena in Love" (1999), two icons--the Virgin of Guadalupe and the mermaid Sirena, who often appears on Mexican lottery cards--embrace one another, symbolically claiming a place for same-sex desire within  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 8/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

In Alma Lopez's digital print "Lupe & Sirena in Love" (1999), two icons--the Virgin of Guadalupe and the mermaid Sirena, who often appears on Mexican lottery cards--embrace one another, symbolically claiming a place for same-sex desire within Mexican and Chicano/a religious and popular cultures. Ester Hernandez's 1976 etching "Libertad/Liberty" depicts a female artist chiseling away at the Statue of Liberty, freeing from within it a regal Mayan woman and, in the process, creating a culturally composite Lady Liberty descended from indigenous and mixed bloodlines. In her painting "Coyolxauhqui Last Seen in East Oakland" (1993), Irene Perez reimagines as whole the body of the Aztec warrior goddess dismembered in myth. These pieces are part of the dynamic body of work presented in this pioneering, lavishly illustrated study, the first book primarily focused on Chicana visual arts. Creating an invaluable archive, Laura E. Perez examines the work of more than forty Chicana artists across a variety of media including painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance, photography, film and video, comics, sound recording, interactive CD-ROM, altars and other installation forms, and fiction, poetry, and plays. While key works from the 1960s and 1970s are discussed, most of the pieces considered were produced between 1985 and 2001. Providing a rich interpretive framework, Perez describes how Chicana artists invoke a culturally hybrid spirituality to challenge racism, bigotry, patriarchy, and homophobia. They make use of, and often radically rework, pre-Columbian Mesoamerican and other non-Western notions of art and art-making, and they struggle to create liberating versions of familiar iconographysuch as the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Sacred Heart. Filled with representations of spirituality and allusions to non-Western visual and cultural traditions, the work of these Chicana artists is a vital contribution to a more inclusive canon of American arts.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note to the Reader
Introduction: Invocation, Ofrenda
Spirit, Glyphs
Body, Dress
Altar, Alter
Tierra, Land
Book, Art
Face, Heart
Conclusion: Self, Other
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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