São Paulo Museum of Art and Tomie Ohtake Institute: Histórias Afro Atlânticas
On View: June 28 - October 21, 2018
Blair Strapp, Huey Newton , 1967. Lithograph on paper. Collection Merrill C. Berman
Throughout the year 2018, MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo) dedicates its program of exhibitions and activities to Afro-Atlantic stories and narratives. These stories do not refer only to the period of slavery, where African populations were forcibly removed from their continent to be enslaved in the European colonies in the Americas and the Caribbean, but rather speaks of "fluxes and ebbs," using the famous term of Pierre Verger, among these Atlantic peoples, from the 16th century to the present day. The cycle began in March, and has already presented images of Aleijadinho, Maria Auxiliadora da Silva: everyday life, painting and resistance and Emanoel Araujo, the ancestry of symbols: Africa-Brazil . In the second semester, it displays individualLucia Laguna, Melvin Edwards, Pedro Figari, Rubem Valentim and Sonia Gomes .
The collective exhibition Afro-Atlantic Stories brings together, in an unprecedented initiative, two of the main cultural institutions of São Paulo: MASP and the Tomie Ohtake Institute. This is an unfolding of the exhibition " Histórias mestiças" , held in 2014 at the Tomie Ohtake Institute by Adriano Pedrosa and Lilia Schwarcz, who also sign the curatorship of this new exhibition, together with Ayrson Heráclito and Hélio Menezes, invited curators, and Tomás Toledo , assistant curator.
Afro-Atlantic Storiespresents some 400 works by more than 200 artists, both from the MASP collection and from Brazilian and international collections, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, films, videos, installations and photographs, as well as documents and publications of African, European , Latin and North American, Caribbean, among others. The loans were provided by some of the world's leading private collections, museums and cultural institutions.
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