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
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
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
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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