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April 28 – June 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 6–7 PM

Sponsored by the Queens College Year of Brazil, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York Council for the Humanities, Transart Foundation and the Friends of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.

This exhibition, organized by John Collins, Director of the Program of Latin American and Latino Studies and the GTM in collaboration with IPEAFRO (Instituto de Pesquisas e Estudos Afro-Brasileiros, Afro-Brazilian Studies and Research Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), displays forty artworks by Abdias Nascimento (1914-2011), who was a critical political and artistic figure in Brazil and the African Diaspora, an activist and founding force in Brazil’s Black Movement (Movimiento Negro Unificado, MNU), as well as an author, playwright, senator, and artist.

Nascimento’s works have been featured throughout the U.S. and Brazil: at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Gallery of African Art, Washington DC and the Ministry of Culture in Rio de Janeiro, as well as in Paris and Lagos. This exhibition will feature more than two dozen of his artworks 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. Nascimento’s paintings will bring together and encourage dialogue between diverse communities in New York and Brazil: Candomblé is a “sister” religion to Santería as practiced in the Hispanophone Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, et al.) and to Haitian Vodou. Both Santería and Vodou are practiced widely in NYC and Nascimento’s artworks will initiate a broader diasporic conversation about the Americas, Africa, and Queens’ historic and contemporary position as a global crossroads.

Events related to this exhibition:

April 30, 5 pm at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum:
Abdias Nascimento and Candomblé, Santería and Afro-Latino Politics in Brazil and Cuba, round table moderated by Amilcar Priestley Esq. (Director, Proyeto AfroLatin@ and son of founding ALP director Dr. George Priestley) with speakers John Collins (Queens College), Elisa Larkin Nascimento, PhD (IPEAFRO: Instituto de Pesquisas e Estudos Afro-Brasileiros, ‘Afro-Brazilian Studies and Research Institute’), Julie Skurski (CUNY Graduate Center), followed by opening reception.

May 7, 6 pm at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum:
Flushing’s Role in the Atlantic Trade in People and Agricultural Commodities, lecture by James Moore (Anthropology, Queens College)

May 13, 12:15 pm at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum:
Styling at the Afro Spot: Black Gods, Black Aesthetics, lecture by Christopher Winks (Comparative Literature, Queens College)

May 17, 2pm at Langston Hughes Community Library:
Out of Africa and Back in: Abdias Nascimento, the African Diaspora, and Quilombismo, lecture by Vania Penha Lopes (Bloomfield College)

May 18, 4 pm at Flushing Town Hall:
Invisible Pharmacies, Queens’ Botánicas and the Informal Economy of Healing, Professor Anahí Viladrich (Sociology, Queens College) will deliver a paper on her work with botánica stores in Elmhurst, Corona, and Jackson Heights, which provide religious articles to practitioners of Santería, a sister religion to Candomblé.

Images: Abdias Nascimento, Padê de Exu Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1988; Abdias Nascimento, Oxum em Êxtase/ Osun in Ecstacy, Buffalo, NY, USA 1975

YEAR OF BRAZIL 2013-2014:
Art of South America

September 2013 - August 2014

On display in the GTM Lobby Gallery are highlights of South American artwork from the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition showcases work ranging from the Chavin culture of Peru from 1500 BC, to 14th century AD Incan textiles, to modern artists like Venezuelan painter and sculptor Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2005).

The main feature of the display is work by Brazilian artist, Antonio Bandeira, (1922-1967), an abstract expressionist involved in the international art scene throughout the middle of the last century. Beginning his career as a figurative artist, Bandeira moved to Paris in the mid-1940s and made strides within the lyrical abstraction movement in Europe. Bandeira split his time between Brazil and Europe showing his work internationally in Paris, London, New York, Brazil, and at the Venice Biennale. The pieces on display are from the mid-1950s when Bandeira may have been living in London. The imagery brings to mind glittering city lights, gridded rhythmic streets, and the bustle and energy of any urban center.

The exhibition will be on view throughout the 2013–2014 academic year in conjunction with college’s Year of Brazil celebration.

Top: Luis Molinari-Flores (Ecuadorian, 1929–1994), Armonico A, 1970, silkscreen print, 23 x 23 inches. Bottom: Antonio Frasconi (Uruguayan, 1919–2013), A Sunday in Monterey: Woodcuts, First edition, Harcourt, Brace & World, 1964, single folded sheet 5 x 127 inches.

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