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Celia con Rolos

Object Details

Artist
Tony Peralta
Subject
Celia Cruz, 1925 - 2003
Date
2015
Medium
mixed media on canvas
Dimensions
42 × 37 1/4 × 1 3/4 in. (106.7 × 94.6 × 4.4 cm)
Cite As
Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Caption
Artist M. Tony Peralta reimagines a black-and-white photograph of Afro-Cuban singer Celia Cruz (1925-2003) in this mixed media portrait. Against a purple backdrop, the “Queen of Salsa” wears purple, pink, and yellow rolos, or rollers, along with a large gold pendant and earrings. Celia con Rolos is part of Peralta’s portrait series, Rolos and Icons, celebrating extraordinary Latinas. Before silkscreening each canvas, Peralta paints these icons in hair rollers, a weekly ritual in many Latinx communities. The painter, a New Yorker whose parents are Dominican, hopes the rolos will help viewers connect with Cruz and other Latinas, such as his favorite artist, Frida Kahlo. The portrait, which also resembles religious iconography, was on display at the Anacostia Community Museum’s exhibition, Gateways/Portales, from December 2016 to January 2018.
Accession Number
2017.3.1
Type
silkscreen
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Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl80fe55ab1-7db3-407f-af72-2a4636f5d202
Record ID
acm_2017.3.1
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