1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
Exhibition Dates: September 5 – October 18, 2018
• Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 5, 5-7 PM
• Curator’s Talk at 5:45 PM
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.
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.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit to the gallery.
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
For more information contact Lori Houtz at 585-245-5841 or Cynthia Hawkins at 585-245-5813.
Public Programs (will take place in the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery unless otherwise noted)
Wed., Sept. 5 – Curator’s Talk at 5:45: “Ordinary Art, Extraordinary Story: Popular Art of Brazil’s Northeast,” by Barbara Cervenka and Mame Jackson, Co-Curators of Bandits and Heroes, Poets and Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil
Wed., Sept. 12 – Lecture at 2:30: “Marriage, Divorce, and Distress in Northeast Brazil: Black Women’s Perspectives on Love, Respect, and Kinship,” Melanie Medeiros. Assist. Prof. of Anthropology at SUNY, Geneseo
Wed., Sept. 19 – Lecture at 2:30: Keisha-Khan Perry, Assoc. Prof. Africana Diaspora Feminisms and Anthropology, and Affiliate of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University
Wed., Sept. 26 – Lecture at 2:30: “Bandidos e herois, poetas e santos: Brazilian Northeastern Literatures and National Imaginaries,” Wesley Costa de Moraes, Assist. Prof., Languages and Literatures at SUNY Geneseo
Wed., Oct. 3 – Performance at 2:30: In Doty Hall Recital a performance by MPB.3 Brazilian Music, led by Armenio Suzano, Prof. Music at Houghton College