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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 and 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 Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents the work of ten artists who immigrated to Washington, DC from Latin America under duress during the past fifty years, found homes in Washington, and made or are making positive contributions to our artistic culture and quality of life. The exhibition features work by artists Joan Belmar, Jose Ygnacio Bermudez, F. Lennox Campello, Irene Clouthier, Juan Downey, Ric Garcia, Muriel Hasbun, Frida Larios, Carolina Mayorga, and Naul Ojeda, who left their homes in Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, and Uruguay.


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

Curated by Pamela Lawton and Adjoa Burrowes, ART CART: HONORING THE LEGACY ties together two cities—Washington, DC and New York City—in an inter-generational, inter-disciplinary project. Professional visual artists aged 62 and older are matched with students of art, healthcare, and aging to document and preserve their artistic legacy. The exhibition includes painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and installations by ART CART artists that highlight turning points in the artists’ lives including the Civil Rights and Women’s Movements. ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY is a DC and New York based project that helps older professional artists and provides mentorships to students. 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.

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

Naul Oleja, Fleeing From the Storm, 1981


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

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.