Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta Wins First Prize in AAM’s Museum Publications Design Competition

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Published in association with the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, UC Press is proud to announce that Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta was recently awarded First Prize in the 2016 Museum Publications Design Competition from the American Alliance of Museums.

We are especially gratified to be recognized amid such excellent company, and congratulate all of the museums with publications the competition, including Second Prize winners The Jewish Museum, NY, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Honorable Mentions for The Freer|Sackler, The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art, the National Gallery of Art, and many others.

As the only national juried competition of its kind, the competition recognizes superior execution and ingenuity in the graphic design of museum publications. Winners are chosen for their overall design excellence, creativity and ability to express an institution’s personality, mission, or special features.

The first book-length treatment of Mendieta’s moving-image practice, this richly illustrated catalogue presents a series of sequential color stills from each of twenty-one original Super 8 films that have been newly preserved and digitized in high definition for the exhibition, combined with related photographs, and reference still images from all of the artist’s 104 filmworks; together these illustrations sample the full range of the artist’s film practice from 1971 to 1981. The book includes Mendieta’s first published comprehensive filmography resulting from three years of collaborative research conducted by the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection and the University of Minnesota as well as original essays by John Perreault, Michael Rush, Rachel Weiss, Lynn Lukkas, Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, and Laura Wertheim Joseph.

To learn more about Ana Mendieta’s film work, watch a video interview with the artist’s niece, Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, who also contributed an essay for the catalogue.

First prize winners in the competition will be featured in a special section of the November/December issue of Museum.

This exceptional catalogue was also selected for The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation’s long list for the Best Moving Image Book Award from the British Journal of Photography.