Ellen Gallagher, Watery Ecstatic, 2018, watercolor, oil, pencil, varnish, and cut paper on paper, 90 3/16 × 59 1/16 inches (229 × 150 cm) © Ellen Gallagher

Afro-Atlantic Histories at the Museu de arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

On view June 29 through October 21, 2018.

Museu de Arte de São Paulo and Instituto Tomie Ohtake are co-organizing a major exhibition titled Histórias afro-atlânticas, which will gather a vast array of artworks and documents related to the “flows and reflows” (to use Pierre Verger’s famous expression) between Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, as well as Europe. Reflecting works from the 16th to the 21st century, the exhibition includes a range of themes which organize its various nuclei, some of which were present in Histórias mestiças [Mestizo Histories], the exhibition curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Lilia Schwarcz presented at Instituto Tomie Ohtake in 2014: portraits, travels and traffic, celebration and religion, freedom and abolition, punishment and insurrection, and activism, as well as Afro-modernism. Two seminars were held at MASP on the subject, the first on October 28 and 29, 2016, the second on October 21 and 22, 2017, gathering experts in diverse fields and subjects, such as art history, sociology, history, and anthropology.


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