ERIC Number: EJ1216043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Uncrating Josefina Aguilar: "Autohistoria and Autohistoria-Teoría" in Feminist Curating of a "Muñecas" Series
Sotomayor, Leslie C.
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v60 n2 p132-143 2019
Historically, minority women artists and scholars of color have been ignored by the White patriarchal canon of art education and the arts. I uncrate Josefina Aguilar's 14-piece clay "muñecas," which have been stored away in the Palmer Museum of Art for more than two decades, to demonstrate this lack of exposure. I position my own Latina history with Aguilar's in an attempt to examine the cultural sequestering of such artists by making visible how I operate from nepantla, a liminal space described by Gloria Anzaldúa. Using Anzaldúa's concepts of "autohistoria" and "autohistoria-teoria," I lay a theoretical framework of transcultural feminist curating, and I interweave the "testimonio" I have used to decolonize art education, art, and curating. As a witness to the Palmer Museum of Art's neglect in not showcasing Aguilar's works, I expose how women's life histories are often crated and stored in private spaces and seldom opened and appreciated.
Descriptors: Artists, Females, Minority Groups, Feminism, Art Education, Museums, Disproportionate Representation, Activism, Ceramics, Sculpture
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania