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Ana Mendieta at the Whitney Museum was a strong survey of her photography, with some performance documentation on video thrown in. This was the first large selection of Mendieta’s work I’ve seen, and I was struck by its oddly retro “goddess/body and the earth” qualities, which I have never associated with her work. She was clearly talented, prolific, and spent much of her short career resolving her early emotional issues attached to growing up in Cuba and being an ex-pat. It felt too bad that she didn’t live longer, as it would have been wonderful to see more mature expressions of her youthful talent.

- Terri Cohn [Saturday, August 14th, 2004]

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