Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

February 01 2020 - March 15 2020
Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

February 1 - March 15, 2020


Reception and Musical Performance by Alegria Real
Friday, March 13, 7-8:30pm

Alegira Real will be performing Brazilian music as well as explaining the instruments and musical styles used.  This will be a fantastic evening of great music!  This event is FREE and all are welcome.



Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil. Engaging photographs and works of popular art, including sculptures, paintings, prints, religious objects, toys, and booklets of poetry will draw visitors into the complex and vibrant culture of the Northeast of Brazil and introduce the festivals, heroes, and spiritual traditions that give shape and meaning to the daily lives of the Nordestinos, common people of Brazil’s Northeast.

The exhibition explores how diverse traditions come together in the region and uses work by historical and contemporary artists to illuminate a fascinating history that reaches into modern Brazil. Throughout, the exhibition explores the resilience and vitality of modern-day descendants of Africa.

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil was curated by Marion E. Jackson, Ph.D. and Barbara Cervenka, O.P., Curators, Con/Vida–Popular Arts of the Americas, and organized by Con/Vida–Popular Arts of the Americas and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI, in partnership with NEH on the Road/Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO.

This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance.  Bandits and Heroes, Poets and Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil was organized by Con/Vida–Popular Arts of the Americas and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibitition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition brought to you in part by:
Oklahoma Arts Council, Allied Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Avedis Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Wissinger Memorial Fund, National Endowment for the Humanities, and NEH on the Road

Photo credits:

J. Borges, Nossa Senhora de Aparecida (Our Lady of Aparecida, Patroness of Brazil), N.D., colored woodblock print, 26 x 19 inches, courtesy Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas. © J. Borges. Image: Paul Primeau.

J. Borges, O Monstro do Sertão  (Monster of the Backlands), N.D., woodcut print, 27 x 19 inches, courtesy Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas. © J. Borges. Image: Paul Primeau.

Antônio Neto, Scene from Independence Day Celebration, Bahia, 2007, photograph, variable dimensions, courtesy Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas. © Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas.

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