Codex Espangliensis / Felicia Rice, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Enrique Chagoya

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Identifier: FA.B70.1005
Object type: Books
Dimensions: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 19 x 24 cm.
Copyright dates: 2000
Published by: City Lights Books
Published in association with: Moving Parts Press
Was created at: San Francisco
Library of Congress Subject Headings: Gómez-Peña, Guillermo [http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n89601367], Chagoya, Enrique [http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n88107234], Rice, Felicia [http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n87890696], Artists' books [sh85008302]
Case bound; illustrated with fold out pages. From back cover: "Codex Espangliensis is a unique collaboration between performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena, visual artist Enrique Chagoya, and book artist Felicia Rice. Provocative and visually stunning, it chronicles the history of conquest, cultural transformation, and economic interdependence that has shaped the Americas 'from Columbus to the border patrol'. Inspired by pre-Hispanic codices, this artists' book opens from right to left, expanding out from accordion folds to a length of over twenty-one feet. Gomez-Pena's texts -- a heady mix of languages, accents, poetry, and prose -- are woven through and around Chagoya's collages layered with pre-Hispanic drawings, colonial-era representations of New World natives, and contemporary comic book superheroes. Rice's masterful typographic compositions orchestrate the many voices and views in a series of beautiful and jarring montages. Codex Espangliensis offers a history of the Americas which must be read forward and backward, in fragments and in recurring episodes -- in short, as history itself tends to unfold."