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Smith College Museum of Art

by on November 1, 2011

On our trip to the Smith College Museum of Art we were able to get a glimpse of the photography of Eduardo Hernández Santos. His work reflected a certain life of Cuba, to which many have not seen. It portrayed the lifestyle of gay and transgendered of Cuba as well as adding lines from the poem “La Isla en Peso” (The Island of Burden). In the photo above, the line he uses is “nada podria detener este cuerpo destinado a los cascos de los carallos”, which, roughly translated means, “nothing could stop this body destined by the hooves”. In Cuba, the use of the letter “x” stands for disapproval and on many of his other photos he places the letter “x” in a spot that people may be wearing inappropriate clothing or jewelry or touching someone else. His photography added a great insight to a world beyond ours and a world with not only a different lifestyle, but a different way of expression. We had a great tour guide, her name was Aprile Gallant, she was very knowledgeable about what we were looking at. She was able to describe all of the aspects of the photographs and she showed us the inside mechanics to each photograph.

http://scma.smith.edu/artmuseum/On-View/El-Muro

After we moved on from El Muro, we visited a room with a video of 56 battery powered, remote controlled toy helicopters. These helicopters flew around, bumping into each other, until none flew anymore. It was interesting to have such a change of theme, in one room there were paintings and sculptures while in the room next door there was a different kind of media that struck a different beat. This piece didn’t really strike a part in me and made me think, it was simple and repetitive, which was nice.

http://scma.smith.edu/artmuseum/Collections/New-Acquisitions

Other posts about Smith College:
https://visualstudies2012.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/el-muro-smith-college-trip/

https://visualstudies2012.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/silas-kopf-benches-at-smith-museum-of-art/

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One Comment
  1. surfcisco permalink

    good summery but nothing about the paintings or African art we saw

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