February 11, 2002


Subject: the controversial "Our Lady"!
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 14:59:41 -0800
From: margieh@WellsFargo.COM
To: almalopez@earthlink.net

I am studying this piece for a college paper. What happened to the piece after Oct display in SF New Mexico? Is it currently on display anywhere, and if yes, what is the newest viewer response?


Subject: "our Lady" after Oct.
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 18:25:12 -0500
From: Marge <margieh@wellsfargo.com>

I'm looking to find out if "our Lady" is being displayed anywhere today - after the SF New Mexico exhibit. Also, is there a link of what other pieces Alma had in that exhibit?


Subject: AztlanNet: re: Important-Everyone
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 21:08:05 EST
From: Sedeno7@aol.com
Reply-To: AztlanNet@yahoogroups.com
To: AztlanNet@yahoogroups.com
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gbejerano of aztlanNet.com wrote:

Please be objective, considerate and civil toward others.

Mr. Bejerano, consider this: Your website carries and displays as if almost a banner in the art section  the "our lady" by Alma Lopez, an image that most Mexicans, Catholics, and Hispanic New Mexicans, and Chicanos throughout Aztlan will tell you communicates an attack on their cultural identity and even religion, and AztlanNet.com  seeks "consideration"?.
 You just don't get it, raza, do you?
If someone is going to support the dissection and manipulation of a pueblo's principal religious icon, one the people take to their heart, carry with them into their batallas and  teach  their children to respect, and support that this manipulation function as a vehicle for some ego's own agenda, then I say these supporters do not know the meaning of "respect".  Excuse me, but to tell me that Alma Lopez and AztlanNet "respect" Our Lady of Guadalupe and "respect" Chicano culture, "respect" the raza, I say: Go tell it to your mothers who failed to show you sinverguenzas the meaning of "respeto" and consideration.  

Respect defined. to esteem, to value   Look, folks, many of us value the portrait  of Our Lady of Guadalupe just the way it is and always has been.  We don't need no stinking "re-interpretations" shoved down our throats by Museums and Webones y Webonas.
There, Bill, is this a "civil" enough expression of my right to free speech just like Alma Lopez is in every way entitled to have hers?   Face it, Alma Lopez was never prepared to take on the subject matter that she did with her "Lupe" series.