Albright College announces acquisition of Jesse Amado for Freedman Gallery permanent collection

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Albright College announces acquisition of Jesse Amado for Freedman Gallery permanent collection
Jesse Amado, I am not your Mexican (harlot), 2017.

READING, PA.- Albright College has acquired mix-media artwork “I am not your Mexican (Harlot)” by Jesse Amado, for the Freedman Gallery’s permanent collection.

One of the pioneers of working with Latino identity politics in a conceptual manner, Amado’s artwork is found in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; El Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, among others. “I am not your Mexican (Harlot)” is mix-media artwork made from le Corbusier acrylic on canvas with elements of wood, chicharrón (pork rind), and felt.

The acquisition is made under the new curatorial leadership for the Freedman Gallery, Alana J. Coates. “Working closely with the Freedman’s Visual Arts Committee, I selected Amado’s work feeling strongly that it is time to increase our holdings, display and scholarship on artworks from Latino, Latina and Latinx artists,” states Coates, curator of exhibitions and collections. “Especially with the changing demographics of the city of Reading, which is nearly 65% Latino, we want both the collections and the exhibitions to better reflect the community and student body that it serves.”

Maite Barragán, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at Albright College, and member of the Freedman Gallery’s advisory committee states, “Jesse Amado’s artwork remarks on issues of identity and representation in the history of art. The title immediately calls attention to the artist’s Mexican heritage and parallels that of the film “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016). The movie, based on James Baldwin’s writing, offers a history of the systematic marginalization of Black American historical figures and events through their misrepresentation (or under-representation) in mainstream historical narratives. Thus, the title’s reference serves as an entry point to understand art that may at first appear to be highly conceptual or purely abstract. Instead, “I am not your Mexican (Harlot)” compels us to reconsider the art historical canon for the twenty-first century.”

Albright College is thrilled to add this important artwork to its prestigious collection of nearly 2,000 objects. “I am not your Mexican (Harlot)” is particularly important for its innovative use of chicharrón, which is a highly-charged food product with both cultural and social-economic commentary. Its mixed-media construction and use of untraditional materials makes it an excellent educational artwork for studio and arts administration classes learning about collection management in the 21st century. “I am not your Mexican (Harlot)” builds off of important historical-artistic frameworks and references some of the most important artists of the 20thcentury including Yves Klein, Joseph Beuys, Le Corbusier, making it a wonderful teaching object for art history classes.

Today's News

May 29, 2019

The Museo del Prado opens 'Fra Angelico and the rise of the Florentine Renaissance'

Marble sculpture by Michelangelo to remain at The Met for another 10 years

Smithsonian Regents name Lonnie Bunch 14th Smithsonian Secretary

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum opens a major retrospective devoted to the painter Ignacio Zuloaga

Galerie Templon marks Philip Pearlstein's 95th birthday with exhibition

Ketterer Kunst's Rare Books department realizes its best result ever

Exhibition features significant portraits from private collections by the artists Alice Neel and Pablo Picasso

$2.4 million Lalanne Sheep Series leads Sotheby's $20.3 million Design Sales in New York

Blickachsen 12: International Sculpture Biennale in Bad Homburg and Frankfurt Rhine-Main opens

Digital technology at the Cleveland Museum of Art enhances visitor engagement

Vienna Biennale For Change 2019 opens

Wrightwood 659 opens groundbreaking exhibition on Stonewall Rebellion

Period costume ball brings France's Sun King back to life in Versailles

'Confederates in the Attic' author Tony Horwitz dead at 60

Paintings by noted, listed artists will headline Bruneau & Co.'s Antiques & Fine Art sale

Albright College announces acquisition of Jesse Amado for Freedman Gallery permanent collection

Attack of the killer lobsters: 16th century Dutch map makes its mark at Swann Auction Galleries

Carlos Barrios returns to Brisbane with a series of works on view at Mitchell Fine Art

Historic building in small town Texas now home to immersive art installations

Bauhaus women in the spotlight

In Syria's Maalula, fear for survival of language of Christ

Storytelling, games make Iraq comeback on Ramadan nights

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful