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Dando Gracias [Giving Thanks]

1983
86.8 x 56.4 cm (34 3/16 x 22 3/16 in.)

Léo Limón (Los Angeles, California, 1952 - ) Primary

Medium and Support: Screenprint
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.443

Léo Limőn often explores Mesoamerican and Indigenous imagery in his work. In "Dando gracias", he quotes a well-known Maya carved relief from Yaxchilan, in Chiapas, Mexico. In the relief, Lady Xook is in the hallucinatory stage of a bloodletting ritual, in which she conjures a vision serpent that is in turn bringing forth an ancestor. Limőn transformed the image by grounding it in the landscape of the Southwest. Lady Xook raises baskets of fruits and a flowery prickly pear or nopal cactus to the moon in a gesture of thanksgiving.

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