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untitled (Cuba - Missiles)

untitled (Cuba - Missiles)

Author: José Marcos García (1902 Cuesta de David, New Mexico - 1998 Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: ca. 1962
Medium: carved and treated pine
Dimensions:
7 5/8 x 8 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. (19.4 x 21.6 x 8.6 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Peachy and Mark Levy
Object number: PC2014.28.4
DescriptionThree-dimensional characterization of Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban Revolutionary leader Fidel Castro at the time of the Missile Crisis between the USSR and the USA in 1962.
On view
Label Text:Marcos Garcia, who signed his carved sculptures simply “Marco”, responded to the Cuban Missile Crisis with a sculpture showing Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev removing weapons from Cuba. The depiction shows Fidel Castro protesting being left alone to stand up to the United States. Garcia likens world leaders to children getting into an argument after school. The sculpture pokes at the one-dimensional view of politics and the Cold War. For years the self-taught Garcia sold his wooden sculptures at the Albuquerque Flea Market. He depicted many popular topics that were separate from traditional Hispanic religious works.