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"Las Tres Marías" by Judith Baca, 1976

Baca’s large installations and community murals explore racial and gender stereotypes

With the arrival of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, the widely held assumption that women couldn’t be professional artists changed radically, altering the world of contemporary art. In Los Angeles's burgeoning art scene, artist Judith Baca merged innovative individual practice and feminist concerns with efforts to build community among Latinx artists and audiences. Baca’s "Las Tres Marías" (1976), which features life-sized drawings flanking a mirror, invites viewers to see themselves in relation to two defiant Chicana urban personas, a zoot-suited 1950s pachuca and a 1970s chola.

Las Tres Marías

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
Date
1976
Object number
1998.162A-C
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by William T. Evans
Copyright
© 1976, Judith F. Baca
Artist
Judith F. Baca, born Los Angeles, CA 1946
Sitter
unidentified
unidentified
Topic
Portrait female\Maria
Portrait female\full length
Medium
colored pencil on paper mounted on panel with upholstery backing and mirror
Dimensions
overall: 68 1/4 x 50 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (173.4 x 127.6 x 5.7 cm.)
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Sculpture
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk78d7f4d72-0db0-4967-b820-320a674a53c8
Record ID
saam_1998.162A-C
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