Curated YouTube channel of relevant videos about Ana Mendieta’s life, work, and gallery exhibitions.

Annotated Bibliography

Print Resources:

1. Blocker, Jane. Where is Ana Mendieta?: Identity, Performativity, and Exile. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1999.

Jane Blocker analyses the debates and controversies of Ana Mendieta’s life from an art historical perspective. She focuses on Mendieta’s exile as a driving force in her art, with additional attention paid to anthropology, ephemerality, and politics of gender.

2. Cabanas, Kaira M. “Ana Mendieta: ‘Pain of Cuba, Body I Am,’” Woman’s Art Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 1999), p. 12-17: Woman’s Art Inc.

This is an article that provides a good introduction to Mendieta’s life and beginnings as an artist, including how exile impacted her art. There is in-depth information about Mendieta’s spiritual influences.

3. Redfern, Christine. Who is Ana Mendieta? New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2011.

Ana Mendieta’s life and death are the primary subjects of this book, with commentary on why she is an important figure in women’s art. Lucy Lippard wrote the foreword about why Mendieta must be remembered and how she is still important to the women’s art movement.

4. Roulet, Laura. “Ana Mendieta as Cultural Connector with Cuba,” American Art, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Summer 2012), p. 21-7: University of Chicago Press.

The focus of this article is mostly on Mendieta’s history with Cuba. It introduces her as an artist who was exiled from her birthplace at an early age, then illustrates her return to the country in 1980 with information about her working relationships with Cuban artists, her work in the Cuban Cultural Circle, and relationship with Carl Andre.

5. Weinstein, Joel. “Earth Body, Sculpture, and Performance 1972-1985, Whitney Museum of American Art,” Art Nexus, Vol. 3, Issue 55 (January/March 2005), p. 98-100: The H.W. Wilson Company.

This article is about an exhibit of Ana Mendieta’s art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2005. It provides information about the exhibit and discusses Mendieta’s life and work.


Visual Resources:

The Estate of Ana Mendieta, The Galerie Lelong, New York

The Estate of Ana Mendieta is managed by The Galerie Lelong in New York. Through their website above, you can access select works, bio/exhibition details, and videos.

Tate Gallery, Britain

A smaller sampling of Ana Mendieta’s art is available through the Tate Gallery website. Helpful descriptions of her art and suggested reading can also be found.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Good, clear images of Ana Mendieta’s later art can be found here. There are, however, no long descriptions of the art.

University of Oregon Libraries, Art and Architecture Images

The University of Oregon image database has a good amount of Ana Mendieta’s art, including a substantial number of works from Siluetas not displayed on this blog. There are no descriptions of the artwork itself, beyond the type of medium, dates, and copyright information.

Tania Bruguera

More information is available above through Tania Bruguera’s website about her Ana Mendieta inspired art. There is the artist’s statement for Tribute to Ana Mendieta, photos of the project, and exhibition details.