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No Wave Performance Task Force We Wish Ana Mendieta Was Still Alive, outside Dia Art Foundation, New York, May 19, 2014.
Photo : © Jillian Steinhauer (first published on Hyperallergic)

The Weeping Wall: The Mendieta Case

Anaïs Castro
On September 8, 1985, nearly thirty years ago, Havana-born artist Ana Mendieta fell from her thirty-fourth-floor apartment in Greenwich Village onto the roof of the adjacent deli, where she met her demise. Her death stirred the art world. She had lived a tumultuous married life with minimalist artist Carl Andre, who, many believed, played a significant role in her tragic death. There were no eyewitnesses to testify to what had happened, and Andre was acquitted of the murder of his wife on grounds of reasonable doubt after a three-year no-jury trial that ended in 1988. Many were shocked by the support that Andre got from people in the art world who were far too invested in his career and who protected him, seemingly without caring whether or not he had committed the murder. To this day, people remain divided; in the view of many, including Mendieta’s friends and family, Andre is accountable for the catastrophic turn of events.1 1 - Sean O’ Hagan, “Ana Mendieta: Death of an Artist Foretold in Blood,” The Guardian, accessed March 26, 2015, www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/sep/22/ana-mendieta-artist-work-foretold-death.

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