Carlos Rojas Study for Monument to Evita Peron 1972

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 413 The David Geffen Wing

Although Rojas was a proponent of abstraction, he was also interested in questions of cultural identity, especially in Latin America. This sculpture references the late Argentine First Lady Eva Perón (1919–52), a cult figure who attracted Rojas for her enduring prominence in the leftist political imagination. Despite its title, this work was conceived not for an official monument but as a philosophical exercise. “I think that I will always keep asking myself about Evita Perón, her meaning and reality,” said Rojas. “What is Marilyn Monroe? What is Jacqueline? What is Brigitte Bardot? What is ‘Monument for Evita Perón?’”

Publication excerpt from 2020
Painted steel tubing
6' 6 7/8" x 62 5/8" x 60 1/4" (200.4 x 159.1 x 153.1 cm)
David Rockefeller Latin American Fund
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

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