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Lecture: "Styling at the Afro Spot: Black Gods, Black Aesthetics." Professor Christopher Wink

Date: 5/13/2014
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

"Styling at the Afro Spot: Black Gods, Black Aesthetics."
Professor Christopher Winks, Queens College’s Comparative Literature Department will lecture on the politics of Afro-Atlantic artistic representation. (QC)

Exhibition information:
April 28 - June 21, 2014

This special exhibition displays artworks by Abdias do Nascimento (1914-2011), a critical political and artistic figure in Brazil and the African Diaspora. An activist and founding force in Brazil's Black Movement ("MNU"), as well as author, playwright, senator, and artist, Nascimento's works have been featured throughout the U.S. and Brazil, at the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Gallery of African Art (Washington, DC), and the Ministry of Culture in Rio de Janeiro, as well as in Paris and Lagos.

These striking and often iconic images are focused on the theme of "orixás" – deities in the Afro-Brazilian possession and trance-based religion known as Candomblé. Orixás are mediators between heaven and earth, humans and the gods, and Nascimento's paintings bring together and permit dialogues between Candomblé, a "sister" religion to Santería as practiced in the Hispanophone Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, et al.) and to Haitian Vodún. Both Santería and Vodún are practiced widely in NYC and Nascimento's artworks initate a broader diasporic conversation about the Americas, Africa, and even Queens as a global crossroads, both today and historically.

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Additional Notes:
Paul Klapper Hall,
Godwin-Ternbach Museum



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