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Selena Forever / Siempre Selena

Exhibition
North Exhibition Gallery
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, photographed by John Dyer
John Dyer (American, born 1947), Selena, 1992, Digital print on panel, 58 x 59 x 1 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, Grammy award-winning artist Selena Quintanilla-Pérez became an international pop sensation, creating a legacy that has lasted far beyond her brief life. With her embellished bustier tops, high-waisted pants, and red lips―a look often imitated today―Selena’s image and fashion sense were as famous as her music, particularly in a genre dominated by men. This image was immortalized by renowned photographer John Dyer. Working collaboratively, Selena and Dyer crafted photographs that contributed to her enduring legacy over the course of two photoshoots in 1992 and 1994.

In Selena Forever / Siempre Selena, hear her music, and enjoy a selection of nine photographs in which the singer shines. Whether visitors barely know her name or have listened to all her music, this exhibition provides a new appreciation for the pop star and the power of photography to shape an image.

Selena Forever/Siempre Selena was organized for the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, by Kate Carey, Head of Education.

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Con una imagen tan icónica como su voz, el legado de Selena Quintanilla-Pérez sobrevive. La ganadora del premio Grammy y estrella internacional de pop revolucionó un género―con sus bustiers elaboradamente diseñados, pantalones de tiro alto y labios rojos―un look que aún se reconoce como el suyo.

En Siempre Selena/Selena Forever una nueva exposición en Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, disfruta de una serie de fotografías en las cuales brilla la cantante. Sacado durante dos sesiones de fotos entre 1992 y 1994, el fotógrafo John Dyer y Selena trabajaron juntos para crear fotografías que contribuyeron al legado que ella estaba construyendo para sí misma entre los ochenta y noventa.

No importa si apenas conozca su nombre ni si pudieras cantar su catálogo entero, Siempre Selena/Selena Forever proporciona un aprecio nuevo para la Reina de Tejano, su música, su cultura, y el poder de la fotografía para dar forma a una imagen.

Siempre Selena/Selena Forever fue organizado por el McNay Art Museum, San Antonio por Kate Carey, Head of Education.

Supported by:

Tony Waller

Credits

John Dyer (American, born 1947), Selena, 1992, Digital print on panel, 58 x 59 x 1 in. Courtesy of the artist.