Sunday, April 21, 2013


     This is a project focusing on how women are viewed in religion, mainly how the Virgin Mary is viewed through the lens of Chicana art. To begin with, there is a discussion on how women contribute to modern day religion and their role as active participant. Next the topic of how art is an effective tool in portraying religious beliefs is discussed as well as what the traditional Virgin of Guadalupe looks like. The next few posts discuss Chicana artists and art which challenge this traditional view of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the name of feminism. Most of the observations made in these posts deal with the Virgin as a symbol of the feminist ideal and the activeness of women, rather than the passive outlook that Christianity sometimes portrays females to have.


Calvo, Luz. "Art Comes for the Archbishop: The Semiotics of Contemporary Chicana Feminism and the Work of Alma Lopez." Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 5.1 (2004): 201-224.

Jansen, W., and M. Kuhl. "Shared Symbols: Muslims, Marian Pilgrimages and Gender. "European Journal of Women's Studies 15.3 (2008): 295-311. Print.

Ochs, Carol. "Women Revitalizing Religion." Soul to Soul: Women, Religion & the 21st Century, Conference Proceedings, February 26-March 1, 1998. 1998 ed. Vol. 16. Berkeley, CA: Center for Women and Religion, Graduate Theological Union, 1998. 50-56, 184. Print. Journal of Women and Religion.

Pelikan, Jaroslav. Mary through the Centuries: Her Place in the History of Culture. New Haven: Yale UP, 1996. Print.

"Questions and Answers About Yolanda López's PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE." Questions and Answers About Yolanda López's PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE. Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University, 2001. Web. 21 Apr. 2013.

"YOLANDA LÓPEZ – IN HER OWN WORDS." Latinopiacom YOLANDA LOPEZ IN HER OWN WORDS Comments., 2009. Web. 21 Apr. 2013.

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