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

February 1st, 2020 10:00 AM - March 8th, 2020 - 5:00 PM
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art , 1900 W MacArthur St, Shawnee, OK 74804
Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

February 1 - March 8, 2020

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.

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

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