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Summer Exhibitions

Opening June 18

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

June 18–August 14, 2016

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. This eclectic collection of popular art—photography, sculptures, paintings, religious objects and books of poetry—depicts the vibrant culture of the Northeast of Brazil and the Nordestinos. The exhibition explores the coming together of diverse traditions of the region through work by historical and contemporary artists.

This exhibition has been made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by the Mid-American Arts Alliance. Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil was organized by Con/Vida - Popular Arts of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI.

The Looking Glass:
Artist Immigrants of Washington

June 18–August 14, 2016

The exhibition celebrates ten artists who left Latin America for many different reasons over the last sixty years – primarily for safety, freedom, and opportunity – and made their homes, and their artistic careers and contributions, in the Washington region. They include Joan Belmar and Juan Downey from Chile, Carolina Mayorga from Colombia, Ric Garcia, Lenny Campello, and Jose Ygnacio Bermudez from Cuba, Muriel Hasbun from El Salvador, Frida Larios from El Salvador/Honduras, Irene Clouthier from Mexico, and Naul Ojeda from Uruguay. They brought with them artistic traditions that took root and bore fruit here in the United States.


Contemporary North Korean Art:
The Evolution of Socialist Realism

June 18–August 14, 2016

The forms and structure of contemporary North Korean art, a central and highly developed dimension of the national culture, are largely unknown to the outside world. This exhibition, the first of its kind in the U.S., seeks to broaden understanding of North Korean art beyond stereotypes of propaganda and kitsch to show sophisticated and nuanced expressive achievements. It investigates previously unrevealed evidence of North Korean artistic experimentation and the evolution of Socialist Realism within this culturally homogeneous context. The works in the exhibition focus on the development of Chosonhwa, North Korea’s predominant painting medium that is revered as the nation’s most refined. The exhibition is curated by BG Muhn, artist and Professor at Georgetown University.


South Korean Art:
Examining Life through Social Realities

June 18–August 14, 2016

Coinciding with the exhibition of North Korean art, Examining Life Through Social Realities documents and examines life and the social realities of people living on the Korean peninsula through the Realist paintings of ten South Korean contemporary artists. As explained by exhibition curator GimChoe Eun-yeong, definitions of Realism have changed over time, but the Realism of South Korea closely approximates 19th century French Realist painter Gustave Courbet’s use of the term: to manifest artists’ perspectives of the world through expressive techniques and methods.

Art Cart: Honoring the Legacy
June 18-August 14, 2016

ART CART: HONORING THE LEGACY ties together two cities—Washington, D.C. and New York City—in an intergenerational, interdisciplinary project. Eight DC area professional visual artists aged 62 and older were matched with students in art, healthcare, and aging disciplines to document and preserve their artistic legacy. The exhibition includes painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, mixed media and installation works by artists who participated over the last nine months in ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY. The project included database documentation, oral histories and life review with each artist, and interdisciplinary experiential learning with professors from American University, Howard University, George Washington University, the Corcoran School of the Arts + Design/GWU, and Virginia Commonwealth University in oral history, social work, public health, and art education. The records, images, and oral histories are housed at Columbia University’s open source digital archive.

The exhibition highlights turning points in the artists’ lives and careers, including the Civil Rights and Women’s Movements. “It’s an ambitious and expansive vision and the impact of it for us as aging artists is far reaching,” said a current DC artist.

Curated by Pamela Harris Lawton and Adjoa Burrowes, it has a counterpart exhibition in September at New York University’s Stovall Gallery with 10 NYC-based artists. Both exhibitions are sponsored by the Research Center for Arts and Culture at The Actors Fund.

Art Cart: Honoring the Legacy features Alonzo Davis, Cheryl Edwards, Annette Fortt, Cianne Fragione, Pauline Jakobsberg, E.J. Montgomery, Annette Polan, and Terry Svat.


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J. Borges, Nossa Senhora de Aparecida (Our Lady of Aparecida, Patroness of Brazil),
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.


Naul Ojeda, Fleeing From the Storm
Naul Ojeda, Fleeing From the Storm, 1981


Park Ryong, Farewell
Park Ryong, Farewell, 1997. Chosonhwa, 48.5 x 64 in. (North Korean)


Jae-hyung Hwang, Awakened Early in the Morning
Jae-hyung Hwang, Detail of Awakened Early in the Morning, 2014. (South Korean)


Cheryl Edwards, Ndebele Cradle
Cheryl Edwards, Ndebele Cradle, 2011.
Installation, 24 x 9 in.