TONIGHT: Professor Roberto Conduru (Southern Methodist University), “Magic, crime and art in early 20th-century Afro-Brazilian religions,” the final talk in the ARTES and Zurbarán Centre Seminar Series

You are warmly invited to our final seminar (re-scheduled from 17 February) of our Research Seminar Series organised with ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group and the Instituto Cervantes:

TONIGHT, Tuesday 27 April, 6.00 PM

Professor Roberto Conduru (Southern Methodist University), “Magic, crime and art in early 20th-century Afro-Brazilian religions”

At the beginning of the 20th century a set of pioneering texts examined the artistic dimension of artifacts manufactured and used in Brazilian religious communities, which were linked to African belief systems. These works were authored by physicians Raymundo Nina Rodrigues and Arthur Ramos (the founding figures of the field of Brazilian Anthropology), the museum expert and art critic Mário Barata, and Afro-Brazilian artist and intellectual Manuel Querino. They argued from Afro-Brazilian religious communities practices and material culture, but also from the collections of those artifacts they constituted for themselves and from the random sets of objects confiscated violently and unsystematically by the police.

Roberto Conduru is Endowed Distinguished Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He is author of Pérolas Negras-Primeiros Fios (EdUERJ, 2013) and Arte Afro-Brasileira (C/Arte, 2007), co-author ofArchitecture Agouda au Bénin et au Togo (Edições Fotorio, 2016), co-editor of Carl Einstein e a Arte da África (EdUERJ, 2015), curator of Quilombo do Rosário (Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, 2018) andIncorporation – Afro-Brazilian Contemporary Art(Centrale Electrique, Brussels, 2011), co-curator of Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis (Fowler Museum UCLA, 2017) and Perles de Liberté – Bijoux Afro-Brésiliens (Grand Hornu Images, Hornu, 2011).

You can join the seminar by clicking on the zoom link below (or copy the link and paste it into your browser)

Meeting ID: 959 6342 7765

Passcode: 465980

The talk will last ca. 40 minutes and be followed by Q&A.

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