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R Cigarro, R Barril

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R Cigarro, R Barril

2002
21st Century
30 x 21 1/2 in. (76.2 x 54.6 cm)

Published by Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, American, b. 1972
Marta Sanchez, American, b. 1959

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Offset Lithograph
Credit Line: Purchased with the Benjamin D. Bernstein Acquisition Fund
Accession Number: 16-G-3750

Label from Border Crossings: Immigration in Contemporary Prints, La Salle University Art Museum, March 16 - June 9, 2016:

R Cigarro, R Barril is one of the first collaborative works created by Marta Sanchez and Norma E. Cantú. The collaboration started by combining the artist and poet’s personal experience with the train yards. The figure is a Carpas or vaudevillian performer that travels throughout the train yards of Mexico and Texas. The Carpas refer to the tents the performers used to stage their small-scale circus acts, such as trapeze, tightrope, dancing, and animal acts. The comical performances were satirical as well as socially and politically charged.

The print was created at the Brandywine Workshop during the time Transcendental Train Yard suite was initially being created at the Coronado Studio in Austin, Texas. Norma E. Cantú’s contribution to this collaboration was a poem based on a childhood song “RR con RR cigarro” that becomes a reflection of time and personal journey.

— Marta Sanchez


R con R cigarro, R con R barril
Que recio corren los carros, los carros del ferrocarril
Waiting for trains, lives come to lives, trains follow tracks
leading to ends and beginnings
We come and go from here to there and from there to here
We know life as a railroad track leading to ends and beginnings
R con R cigarro, R con R barril
Que recio corren los carros, los carros del ferrocarril
Coming and going
La vida es un tren y los pasajeros viajan siguiendo su destino
Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente
The engine hums a lullaby, the reassuring whistle in the night
R con R cigarro, R con R barril
Que recio corren los carros, los carros del ferrocarril

— Norma E. Cantú


Current Location: In Storage

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Border Crossings: Immigration in Contemporary Prints, Curated by Klare Scarborough, La Salle University Art Museum, March 16 - June 9, 2016.

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