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Untitled (Facial Hair Transplants)

Ana Mendieta1972

Hammer Museum

Hammer Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Born in Havana in 1948, Ana Mendieta came to the United States after being exiled from Cuba in 1961. Although she worked at times in Cuba, Mexico, and Italy, her primary residence was in New York from 1978 until her death in 1985. Mendieta is best known for what she called “earth-body works,” and her practice centered on themes of the female body, death, cultural displacement, and transformation.

Untitled (Facial Hair Transplants) documents a performance in which Mendieta glued her friend Morty Sklar’s beard onto her own face. Mendieta was one of the first female artists to investigate the transformative abilities of hair and its implications at the level of gender.

Details

  • Title: Untitled (Facial Hair Transplants)
  • Creator: Ana Mendieta
  • Date Created: 1972
  • Physical Dimensions: 13 1/4 × 20 in. (33.7 × 50.8 cm)
  • Rights: Courtesy of The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC, and Galerie Lelong, New York
  • External Link: Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1965 at the Hammer Museum
  • Medium: Suite of seven estate color photographs. Edition 8/10. Estate print 1997
  • Original Source: The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC, and Galerie Lelong, New York
  • Nationality of Artist: Cuban
  • Life Dates of Artist: 1948–1985

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