Untitled (chain mouth)
Luis Gispert, American, born 1972
Overall: 40 × 60 in. (101.6 × 152.4 cm)
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Anonymous Gift
© Luis Gispert
Place Made: United States, North America
Gispert successfully exploits the use of exaggerated motifs to subvert expectations and American cultural stereotypes. The traditional cheerleader uniform, a recognizable symbol of mainstream American culture, is juxtaposed with opulent gold jewelry, alluding to the influence of hip-hop on Latinx culture. The subject's makeup, hair, and costume are styled to reference chongas, a term which gained prominence in the twentyfirst century that coded Latinx women as hyper-visible, provocative, and aggressive. Yet, the compositional elements of the photograph, which position the woman against the green chroma-key background, serve to exalt her power and Latinx youths' attempts to defy mainstream epresentations.
The gold chain coming from the woman's mouth references artist Bruce Nauman's Self Portrait as a Fountain (1967-70), in which Nauman uses his own body to imitate the nude male statues of Greek and Roman ornamental fountains. Unlike Nauman, however, Gispert mimics this gesture using a long gold chain that is pictured coming from the young woman's mouth.
[llustrated with: Bruce Nauman, Self Portrait as a Fountain, 1966-1967, printed 1970]
From the 2023 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 112, Social Surrealism and the Exploration of Identity, curated by Paulina Marinkovic Camacho ’23, Levinson Intern
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.
Influence, Anxiety and Gratitude, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, May 8 - July 5, 2003
Luis Gispert, Miami, April 11 - June 27, 2009
Audiello Fine Art, New York, New York, date unknown; Anonymous gift; given to present collection, 2018.
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