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<P class=caption itemprop="description">Ragnar Kjartansson: <EM>The Visitors </EM></P>

Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors

Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES  •  The Institute of Contemporary Art 1  •  23 July - 2 November 2014
 
Curated by Andrea Lissoni and Heike Munder, The Visitors The Visitors consists of nine videos on a scale of 1:1, in which the audience sees different musicians, all friends of Kjartansson's (including Kristín Anna and Gyða Valtýsdóttir, founding sisters of the historic Icelandic band Múm, and Kjartan Sveinsson, keyboard player until 2012 with the famous Sigur Rós). For over an hour, the musicians, each with a different instrument, sing and play the same melody of a song called Feminine Ways. The nine scenes are set in the many rooms of the large, dilapidated nineteenth-century Rokeby Farm in Upstate New York. Ragnar Kjartansson was born in 1976 in Reykjavík (Iceland), where he lives and works. In 2013 he was invited to take part in the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, during which he puts on S.S. Hangover, combining performance, sculpture and sound.

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Contact: The Institute of Contemporary Art 100 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02210
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<EM>Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art</EM>
Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art
Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES  •  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  •  18 January - 19 October 2014
 
 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), presents a selection of works by 20th-century Brazilian artists of mostly African descent in Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art. Opening the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the exhibition includes 15 paintings and one work on paper by key artists including Heitor dos Prazeres, Maria Auxiliadoro da Silva and Waldemiro de Deus, as well as two sculptures by Agnaldo Manoel Dos Santos. Rarely studied in the United States, these artists drew on a range of traditions and found inspiration in all aspects of Brazilian culture—religious rituals, urban and rural life, music and dance.

In the 19th century, Brazil had the largest population of African slaves in the Americas and was the last to abolish the institution in 1888.  The pervasive impact of slavery on subsequent generations led one sociologist to write, “Every Brazilian, even the light-skinned fair-haired one, carries with him on his soul, when not on soul and body alike…the influence of the African, either direct or vague or remote.”  The resulting blend of African, European and indigenous cultures can be seen throughout Brazil, from the world-famous choreography of the samba and the frevo to the practices associated with the Candomblé and Umbanda faiths.  This influence extends to the visual arts as well, where the depiction of subjects and symbols related to the experiences of Afro Brazilians is prevalent.



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Boston, MA 02115

 


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