Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints, Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil
April 6–May 25, 2017
This exhibition, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH on the Road) 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 rich traditions of the Northeast of Brazil, and introduce the festivals, heroes and spiritual traditions that give meaning to the daily lives of the Nordestinos, common people of Brazil’s Northeast. This exhibition illuminates the resilience and vitality of modern-day descendants of Africa in three ways: the land and its people, expressions of faith, and poetry, celebration and song. There are colorful immersive environments as well as hands-on interactive music and video components.
This exhibition was curated by Marion Jackson, Ph.D. and Barbara Cervenka, O.P., and organized by Con/Vida-Popular Arts of the Americas and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, in partnership with NEH on the Road/Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, Mo.. The UNE Gallery is the first institution in Maine to be awarded an NEH on the Road traveling exhibition.