Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom.

Opening Reception: September 20, 2018
Opening night programming will also include Afro-Cuban ritual dance and film screenings. Refreshments will be served.

On view: September 20–November 17, 2018

Related Programming:

  • FSP@PPG: Incarceration & the Future of Black Freedom
    Panel discussion
  • Plus screenings, workshops, and artist’s talks
  • details forthcoming

    This exhibit is present in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University.
    Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom focuses on an extraordinary – and now lost – historical artifact: a “Book of Paintings” created by José Antonio Aponte, a free black carpenter, artist, and former soldier who was also the leader of an ambitious antislavery movement in Cuba during the Age of Revolution. During his trial, Aponte was forced to provide testimony describing each of the pictures in his book, which portrayed a wide array of subjects, from Biblical scenes to landscapes to episodes in the history of Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Using those descriptions, 15 contemporary artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, video, mixed media, and textile have reimagined Aponte’s book for our present, inviting us to think about the role of art and history in shaping social and political change.

    The exhibit is based on a digital humanities project called Digital Aponte.

    José Bedia (Miami), Leonardo Benzant (New York), Juan Roberto Diago (Havana), Édouard Duval-Carrié (Miami), Alexis Esquivel (Havana), Teresita Fernández (New York), Emilio Martínez (Miami), Emilio Adán Martínez (Miami), Nina Angela Mercer (New York), Clara Morera (North Carolina), Glexis Novoa (Miami), Vicki Pierre (Miami), Marielle Plaisir (Miami), Asser Saint-Val (Miami), JeanMarcel Saint-Jacques (New Orleans), Renée Stout (Washington, D.C.), and Stacy Lynn Waddell (Durham, N.C.).

    Curated by:
    Édouard Duval Carrié, Tosha Grantham, Marie Vickles, Ada Ferrer, Linda Rodríguez, and Laurent Dubois

    Additional exhibition and programming support is provided by:
    The Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts—Duke Arts, Screen/Society

    Recent Press for Visionary Aponte:

  • Reanimating History: Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom by Monica Uszerowicz, BOMB, January 15, 2018
  • The Deathless Aponte and Black Freedom by Seph Rodney, Hyperallergic, April 9, 2018

  • [Thumbnail photo: José Bedia, Júbilo de Aponte, 2017 (detail)]

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