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Latinx Feminist Art Takes over the Whitney Museum
Hollywood residence for a feminist video art piece by Clarissa Tossin...
News 23 Jul 2018
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When Frank Lloyd Wright first build his Hollyhock House back in 1919, it was the Hollywood residence for an oil heiress named Aline Barnsdall. Now, almost a hundred years later, it is the site for a feminist video art piece by Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin, who features dancers scaling the house while wearing in leopard print bodysuits and blue sneakers.
This video, entitled “Ch’u Mayaa,” is one of 80 artworks part of a new exhibition opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York last week called “
Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay.” The title roughly translates to “Universe, community, home” in the Quechua language and the artwork here is devoted to Latinx art.

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“As the first thing people see in this exhibition is a brown Latina woman dancing in front of a Frank Lloyd Wright building, it’s a very feminist point to make,” said the exhibition’s curator, Marcela Guerrero. “It’s to give the purpose back to the building, which was first influenced by Mayan architecture.”

Text by Nadja Sayej
Photos via nytimes

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