Bananhattan, from the portfolio Manifestaciones: Expressions of Dominicanidad in Nueva York

Yunior Chiqui Mendoza, American (born Dominican Republic), born 1964
Dominican York Proyecto Grafica



Archival inkjet and serigraph on wove paper


Image: 9 3/16 × 7 in. (23.3 × 17.8 cm)

Sheet: 15 1/16 × 11 1/8 in. (38.2 × 28.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund

© Yunior Chiqui Mendoza



Reynaldo García Pantaleón | Pepe Coronado | Yunior Chiqui Mendoza


Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed and dated, in graphite, lower right: Chiqui Mendoza 10; titled, in graphite, lower center: “Bananhattan”; inscribed, in graphite, lower left: 15/25


Transposing the banana onto “the Big Apple, Mendoza renders Manhattan Island as a place of belonging and possibility for Dominican migrants. The mapping of transit lines and the airport signal Caribbean mobility and access. The ripened banana, covered with black splotches, references Dominican cuisine; here, at the peak of its sweetness, it is ripe for eating and opportunity.

This print was produced through the inaugural project of the Dominican York Proyecto GRÁFICA (DYPG), a project focused on expressions of dominicanidad and the lived experience of diaspora in New York.

From the 2022 exhibition This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art; Barbara J. MacAdam, former Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art; Thomas H. Price, former Curatorial Assistant; Morgan E. Freeman, former DAMLI Native American Art Fellow; and Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Course History

ARTH 48.06, LACS 32, Borderlands Art and Theory, Tatiana Reinoza, Spring 2019

COCO 26, What's In Your Toolbox?, Moktar Bouba and Tania Convertini, Fall 2021

Exhibition History

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 12 - July 22, 2022.


Coronado Print Studio, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2019.

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