CLACS and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center present a talk with the Visionary Aponte Exhibit artists Renée Stout, Nina Mercer and Leonardo Benzant. The event will also feautre a performance by Jadele McPherson, Yunior Terry and Yesenia Fernández, and will be followed by a reception.
About the exhibit:
After a successful showing in Miami, the Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom exhibit comes to KJCC (Feb. 23-June 4).
The exhibit focuses on an extraordinary-- and now lost-- historical artifcat: 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 portrayd a wide array of subjects, from Biblical scenes to landscapes to episdoes in the history of Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Using those descriptions, fifteen 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.
This event is free and open to the public.