Resurrecting Ana Mendieta…
… 0n the 25th anniversary of her tragic death.
September 8, 2010 marked the 25th year anniversary of the fall of Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) from the 34th story of her apartment with Carl Andre, her husband of eight months. She landed on the Delion delicatessen across the street from the NYU Tisch School of Performing Arts on Broadway.
Where is Ana Mendieta? Curated by Richard Move, the exhibition at the NYU Fales Library opened the A.I.R. (Artist in Residence) Gallery Archive to the public and screened Move’s new film (in which I was a participant), Bloodwork: The Story of Ana Mendieta.
On October 7, 2010, Move hosted a panel which resurrected her groundbreaking art to bold new interpretations in the 21st century.
It was standing room only. Several people had to be turned away.
Richard Move, the most avant-garde of New York performance artists, has catalyzed a (r)evolution in the academy.
If man can no longer control the female through the body, then it effectively means the death of the patriarchy. With a grounding in this consciousness, Where is Ana Mendieta? answered its own question by delivering performance art into a new era.
The Kundalini climbing out of exile (the tomb) into an awakening was captured in a spirit collaboration described by Carolee Schneemann in both the film and symposium:
Think of how art history, and the culture, might have evolved if Mendietta had lived!
But perhaps it was inevitable with an artist who ventured that far out into the unexplored realm of inner space would be creating her own tomb …
She left the family that she created in NYC, the grounding of the A.I.R. collective of female artists and lept into an unconscious marriage with the High Priest of minimalism, Carl Andre. But her star was ascending as his was on the decline.
In a more perfect world they might have met in the middle as collaborators of a new vision of equal partnership, ushering in the icon of a new era: the hieros gamos (sacred marriage).
It was not to be. And from where we stood to honor her memory on October 7, you can look right down at the spot she fell.
The transformative love of Richard Move for the feminine divine has propelled the Kundalini consciousness out of the Underground where she fell and directly into the Ivory Tower!
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