Curator‘s Comments

Ana Mendieta’s Silueta series is one of her most significant bodies of work. Exiled from her family in Cuba and raised in Florida and Iowa, Mendieta used performance-based works to investigate her sense of identity and displacement. The Silueta series was developed during the 1970s in Mexico and Iowa, and was documented as still photographs and films. The images in this series feature the artist’s insertion of her body, or the outline of her body, into the landscape in mythological or ritualistic contexts.

Untitled from Silueta Series in Mexico

Ana Mendieta. American, born Cuba, 1948–1985

Untitled from Silueta Series in Mexico, 1976 (printed in 1991)


Purchased with the Janice Carlson Oresman, class of 1955, Fund and the Josephine A. Stein, class of 1927, Fund, in honor of the class of 1927

ID Number: SC 2001:22-2