The University of Iowa will celebrate the legacy of artist Ana Mendieta on Thursday

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IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa is celebrating the legacy of artist Ana Mendieta by showing her films and a short documentary by her niece, Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, titled “Ana Mendieta: The Nature Inside,” followed by a conversation with filmmaker and UI faculty. The program will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the UI School of Art and Art History, Art Building West, Auditorium 240, 141 N. Riverside Dr.

Mendieta (November 18, 1948 – September 8, 1985) was a performer, videographer, sculptor and painter. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and at age 12 fled Fidel Castro’s Cuba with her sister, Raquelin, who was 15.

Through Operation Peter Pan, a collaborative program run by the US government and Catholic Charities, the sisters were sent to the United States by their parents to live in Dubuque. The girls moved between orphanages and foster homes throughout Iowa until they were finally reunited with their mother in 1966.

Ana Mendieta (file photo)

In 1969 Mendieta received his BA from the University of Iowa, in 1971 a master’s degree in painting and in 1972 a master’s degree in intermedia. Mendieta pioneered the intermedial world of performance and video art. His most notable work, “Silueta Series”, depicts sculptural works of body earth created in the landscape that surrounds him. Creating a dialogue between nature and her body, Mendieta reconnected with the earth – a commentary on her youth uprooted from home.

UI has named Gallery Space E260 in the visual arts building, the “Ana Mendieta Gallery”.

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