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AFRO-LATIN@S: Race Counts!

October 25, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Join us on for a day of FREE panels, performance, and family-friendly workshops, presented as part of the AfroLatin@ Forum’s 2014 conference, Afro-Latin@s Now: Race Counts!

PANEL 1:00 – 2:30pm
Recounting the Afrolatin@ Artist Experience – Past, Present, & Future
Artists and curators will discuss Afrolatinidad in the arts, engaging questions of institutional presence, community, and representation. It explores the conference theme of quantifying the Afrolatin@ experience by examining notions of creating and inhabiting public space. How do public institutions dedicated to exploring the arts of the African Diaspora and Latinidad address intersections of racial dialogue of Afrolatin@ artists and communities? How do artists transmit ideas of AfroLatin@ consciousness? This arts panel applies an interdisciplinary approach to Afroatinidad in the arts by sharing the richness of multiple narratives and strategies for creating critical public spaces of engagement.

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado is Curator at El Museo del Barrio. where she recently organized MUSEUM STARTER KIT: Open With Care, celebrating the 45th anniversary of El Museo, and LA BIENAL 2013, El Museo’s biennial of emerging artists, as well as the permanent collection exhibition for 2013-14. Her curatorial work and research focuses on modern and contemporary art of the Americas. She is also on the adjunct faculty of the Art Department at the City College of New York. She received degrees in Art History from the University of Maryland, Tulane University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Maria Magdalena Campos Pons was born in Cuba where she studied at the Escuela Nacional de Arte and the Instituto Superior de Arte. She earned her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her many works have focused on history, race, gender, memory, and the formation of identity. A resident of Boston since 1986, her work has been shown extensively in the US and internationally, including solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Dakar Biennale, and the Guangzhou Trennial in China. She currently teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

E. Carmen Ramos is curator for Latino art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2013, she organized Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, a major exhibition which is touring nationwide through 2017. She co-curated the fifth biennial at El Museo del Barrio in New York City and has organized exhibitions about Mexican popular arts, Latino artists and migration, and solo exhibitions and public art projects. Her writings include articles, exhibition catalogues and entries on Latino and Latin American artists for academic and cultural institutions. She is currently working on a monograph devoted to the work of Freddy Rodríguez.

William Villalongo received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art and his Masters of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art atTemple University. His work was first introduced to the public through the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2004 and PS1 MoMA’s Greater NY 2005 exhibition. The recipient of numerous awards, his work is included in several notable public collections including the Studio Museum In Harlem, El Museo Del Barrio, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is a Lecturer at the Yale University School of Art.

DANCE WORKSHOP 2:30 – 3:30pm
Embodying Solidarity: De Haiti a Puerto Rico
This dance workshop focuses on the elements of traditional movement from the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, specifically Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Dominican Republic. Participants will learn dance/movement phrases from these Afro-Caribbean traditions that demonstrate cultural and historical linkages for the purpose of fostering solidarity among the Caribbean community. This exciting workshop is open to people of all ages; no dance experience necessary. The workshop will be led by Maria “Mara” Rivera-Perez, a dance/movement therapist, dancer, choreographer, and songwriter. She works with Afro-Inspira and Ase Dance Theatre Collective, neo-folkloric dance-musical ensembles based in New York City and consisting of young adults of African descent.

Las Máscaras de los Diablos Tun Tun
Participants will create a miniature version of the traditional “diablo” masks from the region of Colón, Panamá. These masks are an important part of the folkloric attire of the “Diablo Tun Tun”(Tun Tun Devil), worn by males who often belong to secret societies and play a significant part in Panama’s Congo society. Every mask of the Diablo Tun Tun, made with a paper machébase, shows the craftsmanship of its creator with unique details that include bright colors, a deformed nose, and exaggerated features that often scare children as the Diablos dance through the streets of Panama with their bells and whips during carnival season. Learning to create Diablo Tun Tun masks becomes symbolic of sustained African visual culture and traditions that have continued in Latin America. This workshop will be led by Glenn Mesu Ra Gittens, a visual artist and a jewelry designer, who is a native of Colón, Panama.

PERFORMANCE 3:30 – 4:30pm
Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet Company
The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York honors the legacy of Chief Joseph Chatoyer, a brave Garifuna man who fought fiercely in defense of his people’s territories.

The Garifuna are descendants of West African and Arawak and Carib natives who were exiled from their motherland of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on March 11, 1797, to the Island of Roatan, Honduras, where they arrived on April 12 of the same year.
Despite the experience of intense physical hardship and strong acculturation pressures, the Garifuna maintain a distinct identity embodied in their unique language, religion, and tradition. They have been able to maintain their language, their identity as Garinagu (plural for Garifuna), and, most of all, their infectious and mesmerizing music.

Los Hacheros
Since joining forces in 2011, Los Hacheros have been setting dance floors aflame with their astounding live shows. Now with the release of their debut album, Pilon, they are ready to introduce to the world their revelatory new sound. Recorded live onto a classic 388 Tascam tape machine, Pilon captures a gritty soulfulness that has been absent far too long from modern latin music. Combining the raw emotion of Papote Jimenez’s vocals, Eddie Venegas and Itai Kriss’ powerful mambos, and Jacob Plasse’s psychedelic tres guitar, Los Hacheros have a created a sound that is both unique and timeless. On Pilon, one hears echoes of legends such as Ray Barretto, Fania, and Arsenio Rodriguez, but with an immediacy and power that is unmistakably New York now.

RECEPTION 4:30 – 5:00pm

The conference is generously supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities and Co-Sponsored by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, El Museo del Barrio and various institutions at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York including the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), Institute for the study of the African Diaspora and the Caribbean (IRADAC), the Center for the Humanities and the Dominican Studies Group, as well as support from Carr Business Systems, a Xerox Company.

The AfroLatin@ Forum is pleased to present Afro-Latin@s Now: Race Counts!, a three-day international conference to be held October 23–25, 2014, in New York City. This gathering will provide a unique opportunity to examine the structural and ideological barriers to full Afro-Latin@ representation and discuss opportunities for positive social change.

For a full event schedule visit www.afrolatinoforum.org/afro-latinos-now—race-counts


October 25, 2014
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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