Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lópezs “Irreverent Apparition”

Paperback | April 1, 2011

EditorAlicia Gaspar de Alba, Alma López

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Months before Alma López's digital collage Our Lady was shown at the Museum of International Folk Art in 2001, the museum began receiving angry phone calls from community activists and Catholic leaders who demanded that the image not be displayed. Protest rallies, prayer vigils, and death threats ensued, but the provocative image of la Virgen de Guadalupe (hands on hips, clad only in roses, and exalted by a bare-breasted butterfly angel) remained on exhibition.

Highlighting many of the pivotal questions that have haunted the art world since the NEA debacle of 1988, the contributors to Our Lady of Controversy present diverse perspectives, ranging from definitions of art to the artist's intention, feminism, queer theory, colonialism, and Chicano nationalism. Contributors include the exhibition curator, Tey Marianna Nunn; award-winning novelist and Chicana historian Emma Pérez; and Deena González (recognized as one of the fifty most important living women historians in America).

Accompanied by a bonus DVD of Alma López's I Love Lupe video that looks at the Chicana artistic tradition of reimagining la Virgen de Guadalupe, featuring a historic conversation between Yolanda López, Ester Hernández, and Alma López, Our Lady of Controversy promises to ignite important new dialogues.

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Months before Alma López's digital collage Our Lady was shown at the Museum of International Folk Art in 2001, the museum began receiving angry phone calls from community activists and Catholic leaders who demanded that the image not be displayed. Protest rallies, prayer vigils, and death threats ensued, but the provocative image of la...

ALICIA GASPAR DE ALBA is a Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, English, and Women's Studies at UCLA. Her nine previous books encompass historical novels, poetry, short stories, and a cultural study of Chicano art.ALMA LÓPEZ is an artist, activist, and visual storyteller originally from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6.02 × 0.8 inPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292726422

ISBN - 13:9780292726420

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AcknowledgmentsOur Lady of Controversy: A Subject That Needs No IntroductionAlicia Gaspar de Alba1. The Artist of Our Lady (April 2, 2001)Alma López2. It's Not about the Art in the Folk, It's about the Folks in the Art: A Curator's TaleTey Marianna Nunn3. The War of the Roses: Guadalupe, Alma López, and Santa FeKathleen FitzCallaghan Jones4. Making Privates Public: It's Not about La Virgen of the Conquest, but about the Conquest of La VirgenDeena J. González5. Art Comes for the Archbishop: The Semiotics of Contemporary Chicana Feminism and the Work of Alma LópezLuz Calvo6. Queering the Sacred: Love as Oppositional Consciousness in Alma López's Visual ArtClara Román-Odio7. The Decolonial Virgin in a Colonial Site: It's Not about the Gender in My Nation, It's about the Nation in My Gender Emma Pérez8. It's Not about the Virgins in My Life, It's about the Life in My VirginsCristina Serna9. Do U Think I'm a Nasty Girl?Catrióna Rueda Esquibel10. Devil in a Rose Bikini: The Second Coming of Our Lady in Santa FeAlicia Gaspar de Alba11. It's Not about the Santa in My Fe, but about the Santa Fe in My SantaAlma LópezAppendix: Selected Viewer CommentsAbout the ContributorsIndex