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A concert and discussion on
Queens College & the Civil Rights Movement
April 3, 2014
Organized by Ryan Hartley Smith of the Queens College Graphic Design Department, Mass Meeting will mix the songs of the Civil Rights Movement with the voices and perspectives of activists, historians and students. The discussion will focus on locating connections between the legacy of 1960’s Civil Rights efforts and present-day Civil Rights concerns of the student body.
Honoring Civil Rights Activism at Queens College from Ryan Hartley Smith on Vimeo.
ABDIAS DO NASCIMENTO:
ARTIST, ACTIVIST, AUTHOR
April 28 – June 21, 2014
Sponsored by the Queens College “Year of Brazil,” the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NY Council for the Humanities, 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, Brasil), displays forty 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. This exhibition will feature over 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, and Nascimento's paintings will bring together and permit dialogues 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 Vodún. Both Santería and Vodún are practiced widely in NYC and Nascimento's artworks will initiate a broader diasporic conversation about the Americas, Africa, and Queens' position as a global crossroads, both today and historically.
Abdias Nascimento, Padê de Exu
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1988
Abdias Nascimento, Oxum em Êxtase/ Osun in Ecstacy,
Buffalo, NY, USA 1975