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- Conversations across “Our America”
- <i>Al Norte</i> toward Home
- Reshaping the Rural Heartland
- Mexican Workers and Life in South Chicago
- Latina/o Immigration before 1965
- Not Just Laborers
- Spanish Language and Education in the Midwest
- Contesting the Myth of Uncaring
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- The Black Angel
- History in Drag
- El Museo del Norte
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- Work, Coalition, and Advocacy
- Reconfiguring Documentation
- Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest
- Production Credits
The Black Angel
The Black Angel
Ana Mendieta in Iowa City
- (p.169) The Black Angel
- The Latina/o Midwest Reader
- University of Illinois Press
The literature on Cuban born artist Ana Mendieta commonly ignores her Midwest experience, imbricating her Latinidad with her homeland in Cuba and with her multiple trips to and production of site-specific artworks in Mexico. This chapter looks at Mendieta's experiences in Iowa City, where she arrived at the age of 12 as a refugee of Operation Peter Pan and where she lived longer than any other location. By studying an enigmatic film that the artist made in 1975 called The Black Angel, it argues that Mendieta was aware of and could identify with other immigrant experiences in her adopted state, especially those portrayed through images of motherhood and loss.
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