June 4, 2001
From: Laurie Betlach [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2001 3:32 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
Subject: Support for Alma Lopez
I wanted to voice my support for the Museum
of International Folk Art for not bowing to pressure from some of the Northern
New Mexico community who have demanded the removal of "Our Lady"
by Alma Lopez from the current exhibition.
Aside from the fact that this art is protected
by free speech laws, it is clear to me after reading the article in the Los
Angeles Times (May 27) that Ms. Lopez meant no disrespect to the Catholic
In fact, her portrayal of the Virgin of Guadalupe-bold,
strong, defiant, proud-is an expression of her experience of the majority
of Mexican women she has known in her life. Women, who against all odds, have
survived and thrived in a society set up to work against them.
Are we really offended because we see "Our
Lady" wearing a bikini? Or is it because we see a woman-normally depicted
as passive, weak and submissive-who actually dares to look us in the eye?
Santa Fe, New Mexico