The Pennsylvania Academy of Fines Arts and Museum: PAFA was founded in 1805 and is the oldest art museum and school in the United States. The Academy's museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th and 20th century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. I was invited to consider what is the meaning being an “American” Collection. I pulled works from their collection and used notable pieces to investigate the relationship between culture, history and patronage. 10 new pieces were shown.

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Roxana Pérez-Méndez ESTE ES MI PAIS Fabric, Carved Wooden Santos, Nets, Glitter, and Embellishments
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Cortina
Fabric, Carved Wooden Santos, Nets, Glitter, and Embellishments
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Ana

Pepper's Ghost with Ana Maria Hodgkinson by Benjamin Peale
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View to Back to the scroll and entrance.
Selva is in the foreground
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Selva

Pepper's Ghost Hologram in Middle room.
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Cancion Para Ana and painting from the collection.
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Cancion para Ana

Cancion para Ana still. Refering to the prior Peale painting and hologram. Translation: Song for Ana.
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Boricua is in the middle and Bautizo in the far corner
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Boricua installation view
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view of hologram
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Bautizo
10 min loop

Video performance of myself at La Coca Falls in El Yunque Puerto Rico
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Still of Bautizo
5/2010

3min video loop
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