Viewfinder Virtual Screening: Ana Mendieta on the Body and Landscape

Event Date: 
Thu Dec 2, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Event Location: 
Online via Zoom
Event Cost: 

Free. Registration required. 

Join curators from across the Smithsonian for a virtual screening and engaging conversation about the work of celebrated artist Ana Mendieta. Considered one of the most original and talented artists of the postwar era, Mendieta produced a stunning body of work that draws together the most important innovations of her moment, including land art, film, performance, intersectional feminism, and presciently foregrounding issues of identity, translocations, and ecology. This program presents, for the first time, all of Mendieta’s films that are in Smithsonian collections, including Sweating Blood (1973),  Mirage (1974), Untitled (Blood + Feathers #2) (1974), and Corazón de Roca con Sangre (Rock Heart With Blood) (1975). 
Following this special screening, Raquel Cecilia, Mendieta’s niece and director of the forthcoming documentary Rebel by Nature: The Life & Art of Ana Mendieta joins Saisha Grayson, curator of time-based media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Charlotte Ickes, curator of time-based media and special projects at the National Portrait Gallery; and Marina Isgro, associate curator of media and performance art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to discuss how Mendieta’s films engage with natural and social environments. 
This program is part of Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian, a monthly virtual film screening and conversation series sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story. Visit  for more information about this series and to watch archived videos of past Viewfinder conversations. 

Image Credit: Still from Ana Mendieta, Mirage, 1974. Super-8mm film (color, silent); transferred to digital © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.