Luis Gispert, American, born 1972



Cibachrome print


Overall: 50 × 70 in. (127 × 177.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Ninah and Michael Lynne

© Luis Gispert



Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

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Research Area


Not on view


In Bedroom, Luis Gispert captures his mother in a traditional gold-lace wedding dress and veil, perched on the edge of a bed. With an upward gaze and her hands clasped, she appears to be in a state of devout prayer. The figure's pose is reminiscent of the venerated image of the Virgin Mary, a strong religious presence in Latinx culture. The bedroom is saturated with hyper-ornate lamps, framed pictures, a religious statue, and an oversized boom box­ symbols of artificiality and opulence.

Gispert's work juxtaposes Baroque aesthetics and religious imagery with elements of hip-hop culture, weaving together his personal family history and motifs from the Latinx experience to create surrealist narratives. Drawing on both contemporary and historical images, Gispert produces elaborately staged scenes that invite viewers to critically engage with the representation of Latinx communities

From the 2023 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 112, Social Surrealism and the Exploration of Identity, curated by Paulina Marinkovic Camacho ’23, Levinson Intern

Course History

SPAN 20.02, Writing and Reading: A Crtitical and Cultural Approach, Israel Reyes, Winter 2022

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 112, Social Surrealism and the Explortion of Identity, Paulina Marinkovic Camacho, ’23, Levinson Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 22 - June 24, 2023.

Luis Gispert, Artspace San Antonio, San Antonio, July 29 - October 17, 2004

Luis Gispert, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, April 11 - June 27, 2009

Publication History

Bonnie Clearwater, Luis Gispert: Knight Exhibition Series, Miami, 2009, illus. pp 21 and 64

Published References

Bonnie Clearwater, Luis Gispert: Knight Exhibition Series, Miami, 2009, illus. pp 21 and 64


Audiello Fine Art, Inc., New York, New York, date unknown; Anonymous gift; given to present collection, 2018.

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