Samba Sessão: Afro-Brazilian Art and Film at The Arthur Ross Gallery

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 10:00am - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 5:00pm
Arthur Ross Gallery in the Fisher Fine Arts Library at The University of Pennsylvania 220 South 34th St. (Between Walnut and Spruce Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

The exhibition Samba Sessão will introduce viewers to the visual culture of African-descended people living in Brazil, the world’s fifth-largest country and a seldom exhibited and little studied area of Latin American art.

Formerly home to the largest concentration of African slaves in the Americas and the longest lasting slave system in the Western Hemisphere, it has a rich artistic tradition. Collected in the late-1990s by John P. Axelrod and later acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the fifteen paintings and four sculptures that form the core of the exhibition were all made during the twentieth century and draw on different aspects of Afro-Brazilian life, from working in the fields to religious rituals and syncretic belief systems born from the experience of New World enslavement. An examination of Brazilian film and television from the 1950s to the present will also be incorporated in this exhibition.

For information about special events related to the exhibition, please visit the Arthur Ross Gallery Events Calendar. Information about visiting hours and directions can be found here.

This exhibition is being organized in cooperation with students in the Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminar supported by the Department of the History of Art and the Arthur Ross Gallery. The seminar is being taught by professors Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and Tamara J. Walker.

Image Attribution: Heitor dos Prazeres, 1898-1966
"Roda de Samba" (Samba Circle), 1957
oil on canvas

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