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Home - So Different, So Appealing by Chon A. Noriega, Mari Carmen Ramirez, Pilar Tompkins Rivas

Home - signaling a dwelling, residence or place of origin - embodies one of the most basic concepts for understanding an individual or group within a larger physical and social environment. Yet home has been a little noted, although prevalent, feature in art since the 1950s, a period in which artists challenged the traditional object of the visual arts through the use of material and media culture, new forms, and performative actions and processes. This volume explores works by diverse U.S. Latino and Latin American artists whose engagement with the concept of home provides the basis for an alternative narrative of post-war art. Their work brings together an impressive array of formal languages, conceptual strategies, and art historical references with the varied social concerns characterizing both the postwar period in the Americas and an emerging global economy impacting day-to-day life. The artists featured in this volume engage home as both concept and artifact. This can be seen in the use of building fragments or excisions (Gordon Matta-Clark, Gabriel de la Mora, and Leyla Cardenas), household furniture (Raphael Montanez Ortiz, Beatriz Gonzalez, Doris Salcedo, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Guillermo Kuitca), and personal possessions (Carmen Argote, Maria Teresa Hincapie, Camilo Ontiveros), and also in the use of coca leaves as a material base of the American Dream and its economic exchange with Colombia (Miguel Angel Rojas). Within more representational work, home is the re-creation of fraught domiciles (Abraham Cruzvillegas, Pepon Osorio, Daniel J. Martinez), a collage of spaces, styles, and materials (Antonio Berni, Andres Asturias, Jorge Pedro Nunez, Miguel Angel Rios, Juan Sanchez), and a juxtaposition of bodies and place (Laura Aguilar, Myrna Baez, Johanna Calle, Perla de Leon, Ramiro Gomez, Jessica Kaire, Vincent Valdez). In more conceptual work, home is all these things reduced to form-a floor plan (Luis Camnitzer, Leon Ferrari, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Guillermo Kuitca), a catalog of objects (Antonio Martorell, Hincapie), or a housing development plan (Livia Corona Benjamin, Martinez). In the end, home is a journey without arrival (Allora y Calzadilla, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Christina Fernandez, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Julio Cesar Morales, Teresa Serrano). Home-So Different, So Appealing reveals the departures and confluences that continue to shape US Latino and Latin American art and expands our appreciation of these artists and their work.

About the Author

Chon A. Noriega, a professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been the director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center since 2002 and editor for the CSRC Press since 1996. He is the author of Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema.Mari Carmen Ramirez is the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the director of the museum's International Center for the Arts of the Americas. Pilar Tompkins Rivas is the director of Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College.

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Publication date

14th December 2017


Chon A. Noriega, Mari Carmen Ramirez, Pilar Tompkins Rivas

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UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press


240 pages


Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960
Small-scale, secular & domestic scenes in art
Social & cultural history



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