4 comments on ““Art” In The Eye Of…

  1. I don’t see that either. Artsy doublespeak, Sofia? In fact, I noticed a rather unfortunate irony in her name. I do not speak Spanish, but speak enough Italian to want to confirm my suspicions on her name meaning. Here’s what I found-

    Maldonado Name Meaning and History

    1. nickname for an ugly or stupid person, from Spanish mal donado ‘ill-favored’. The phrase is a compound of mal ‘badly’ + donado ‘given’, ‘endowed’, past participle of donare ‘to give’, ‘to bestow’.

    So now we’ve been badly endowed., too, for a double irony whammy.

  2. Regardless of what I think of the art, which indeed does not seem to compliment its subjects, I wish to comment on the name Maldonado. As far as those Maldonados who are from Mexico are concerned, it’s known that there were many Irish settlers in Mexico about 150 years ago. Several Irish names were Hispanicized, among them O’Leary (Alire) and O’Brien (Obregon, as in Ciudad Obregon, a suburb of Mexico City). With that in mind, it’s possible that Maldonado is originally a corruption of M(a)cDonald.

  3. Both interesting things to note Q and Bob. The surname may very well be a Latin twist of an Irish one. It doesn’t change the subtle undertone of its current interpretation. However, this post is not about the artist and especially not the origins of her family name. It is about this specific piece of art and whether one feels it is a) complimentary representation of Black and Latino women in general and/or b) of women of the underground cultures being depicted specifically.

  4. I was going to say I’m sorry I haven’t seen this mural yet … but I’m not sorry at all. I’m disturbed by both the mural and Maldonado’s explanation/defense of it. She states, “I represent the characters and happenings that tourists usually do not see in Times Square, even though it could be a frequent scene in the other boroughs of New York City.” Ok, maybe … or maybe this is exactly the representation that visitors to Times Square have come to expect to see of black and latina women. Isn’t this who they see in raunchy music videos, on the covers of urban fiction, in the movies? This seems to be exploiting the popularity of degrading images. In a word, feh.

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