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Authors@MIT | Genevieve Hyacinthe: Radical Virtuosity

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Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming scholar Genevieve Hyacinthe to discuss her latest book, Radical Virtuosity: Ana Mendieta and the Black Atlantic.

Cuban artist Ana Mendieta (1948–1985) is remembered as the creator of powerful works expressing a vibrant and unflinching second-wave feminist sensibility. In Radical Virtuosity, art historian Genevieve Hyacinthe offers a new view of Mendieta, connecting her innovative artwork to the art, cultural aesthetics and concerns, feminisms, and sociopolitical messages of the black Atlantic.

Mendieta's life and work are often overshadowed in popular perception by her early and tragic death—at thirty-six, she plunged from the window of the thirty-fourth floor Greenwich Village apartment she shared with her husband, the artist Carl Andre. Hyacinthe's account—profusely illustrated, with many images in color—reclaims Mendieta's work and legacy for its artistic significance.

Genevieve Hyacinthe is an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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