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October 14, 2004 – January 2, 2005
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
7th and Independence Ave., SW
Location: Level 2
This major exhibition provides a survey of the Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta's career from 1972 until her untimely death in New York in 1985. Mendieta (1948 - 1985) is celebrated for using her body to explore issues of gender and identity and engaging in an artistic practice that combined elements of conceptual, performance, and land art. The exhibition also includes documentation of rarely-seen performances from Mendieta's student days in the innovative cross-disciplinary Intermedia Program at the University of Iowa, her more well-known actions in the landscape, such as the Silueta Series made in Iowa and Mexico from 1973 to 1980, and a selection of sculptures and installations dating to the early 1980s.