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Sandra Cisneros

Artist
Al Rendón, born 1957
Sitter
Sandra Cisneros, born 20 Dec 1954
Date
1998 (printed 2014)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Inkjet print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 50.8 × 35.6 cm (20 × 14")
Sheet: 56.1 × 43.4 cm (22 1/16 × 17 1/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquisition made possible through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Rights
© 2015, Al Rendon
Object number
NPG.2015.36
Culture
Sandra Cisneros: American\Hispanic American\Mexican American
Exhibition Label
Born Chicago, Illinois
Sandra Cisneros is the most prominent Latina voice in American literature. She drew upon her experience as the daughter of a working-class Mexican American family in Chicago in her first published work, The House on Mango Street (1984), which earned her the coveted American Book Award and became required reading in public schools and universities across the country. Cisneros was the first Latina to become a MacArthur Fellow (1995), and in 2002 the New York Times and other national newspapers selected her novel Caramelo as a notable book of the year. Cisneros projects herself in different ways in her many existing portraits, as if alluding to her free mind as a writer—wearing pink wigs or animal print coats, or with her Virgin of Guadalupe tattoo exposed. Here we see her with her dog on the porch of her former residence in San Antonio, smiling at the viewer and wearing native Mexican attire.
Sandra Cisneros nacida en 1954
Nacida en Chicago, Illinois
Sandra Cisneros es la voz latina más prominente en la literatura norteamericana. Sus experiencias dentro de una familia mexicano-americana de clase trabajadora en Chicago le sirvieron de inspiración para su primera publicación, The House on Mango Street (1984), que le ganó el codiciado Premio del Libro Americano y pasó a ser lectura obligada en las escuelas públicas y universidades del país. Cisneros fue la primera latina que recibió la beca MacArthur (1995) y en 2002 el New York Times y otros periódicos nacionales seleccionaron su novela Caramelo entre los libros notables del año. Cisneros se proyecta de maneras diferentes en sus numerosos retratos, como aludiendo a su libre pensar de escritora. Se pone pelucas rosadas o abrigos con estampados de animales, o deja al descubierto su tatuaje de la Virgen de Guadalupe. Aquí la vemos con su perro en el portal de su antigua casa en San Antonio, sonriendo al espectador con un vestido tradicional mexicano.
Al Rendon (nacido en 1957)
Impresión por inyección de tinta, 1998 (impresa en 2014)
Adquisición posible gracias al apoyo del Latino Initiatives Pool, administrado por el Centro Latino del Smithsonian
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\Texas\Bexar\San Antonio