Introduction
WHERE IS
ANA MENDIETA?
I can not forget this death. I can not forget the dehumanization of men that causes the brutalization
of women. I can not forget the inhumanity of a society that will not recognize that the oppression
of one member of that society by another hurts us all. I can not forget that this is what we fear
every day. - Betsy Damon, "In Homage to Ana Mendieta"
In June 1992, on the day the new Guggenheim Museum in SoHo opened
its inaugural exhibition, five hundred protesters gathered in front of the
museum, a small group among them holding a banner that said, "Carl
Andre is in the Guggenheim. Where is Ana Mendieta? ZDonde esta Ana
Mendieta?" (pI.
1).1
In addition to this gathering outside the museum,
some protesters managed to get into its invitation-only gala and drop
copies of a photograph of Mendieta's face onto Andre's floor sculptures.
Some of the demonstrators wore T-shirts with this photograph printed
on the back.2 The demonstration was organized primarily by the Women's
Action Coalition because the museum's exhibition featured only one
female artist with four white male artists and because Carl Andre, Ana
Mendieta's accused killer, was among them.3
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