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Abdias Nascimento: Artist, Activist, Author

April 28, 2014 - June 21, 2014

Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 405 Klapper Hall

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Exhibition Opening, Wednesday, April 30, 5:00-8:00PM

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

Open Monday – Thursday, 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday 11 am – 5 pm. Closed during College recesses and holidays.

Abdias Nascimento, Padê de Exu

Abdias Nascimento, Padê de Exu, Rio de Janeiro, 1988

This exhibition, organized by John Collins, Director of the Program in Latin American and Latino Studies and the GTM in collaboration with IPEAFRO (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, as well as an author, playwright, senator, and artist.

Abdias do Nascimento, Tema para Léa Garcia – Oxunmaré

Abdias Nascimento, Tema para Léa Garcia – Oxunmaré (Theme for Léa Garcia-Oxunmaré), New York, 1969

Nascimento’s works have been featured throughout the U.S. and Brazil: at the Studio Museum of Harlem (New York City), 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 forty 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, and humans and the gods, and 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 Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic) 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, 5:30-8pm Godwin-Ternbach Museum: Abdias Nascimento and Candomblé, Santería and Afro-Latino Politics in the Americas,” Round Table moderated by Amilcar Priestley Esq. (Director, Proyecto AfroLatin@ and son of founding ALP director Dr. George Priestley) with speakers John Collins (Queens College), Elisa Larkin Nascimento, Director and Curator; IPEAFRO, Afro-Brazilian Studies and Research Institute; Julie Skurski; Distinguished Lecturer (CUNY Graduate Center); Antonio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães (University of São Paulo, Brazil); and Nina Angela Mercer, playwright and professor, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, 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 (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 (Queens College)

May 17, 2pm at Langston Hughes Community Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11368: “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, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354: Invisible Pharmacies, Queens’ Botánicas and the Informal Economy of Healing,” lecture by Anahí Viladrich (Queens College)

June 13, 6:30-8:30pm at Aaron Davis Hall, City College of NY, 160 Convent Ave. New York, NY 10031:Abdias Nascimento: Political Resistance, Art and the Sacred,” with speakers Amilcar Maceo Priestley, Esq., Director, Proyecto Afrolatin@; John Collins, Prof. and Director, Latin American and Latino Studies at Queens College; Marta Moreno Vega, Founder and President, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, East Harlem; Co-director, Hunter College, Global Afro-Latino and Caribbean Initiative; and Cheryl Sterling, Assoc. Prof., English, City College of New York, CUNY.


April 28, 2014
June 21, 2014
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