Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom is a two part exhibition that features historical material and works by fifteen contemporary artists who respond to José Antonio Aponte’s lost Book of Paintings. Aponte, a Cuban freedom fighter, executed in Havana in 1812, was forced to describe each of its pictures during his trial. To spark new awareness of Aponte’s complex life and art, each artist evokes Aponte’s trial testimony in new work – paintings, drawings, sculpture, video, mixed media and textiles – that engages how Aponte’s portrayals of an array of subjects – Biblical scenes, landscapes and episodes in the history of Africa, Europe and the Americas.
This exhibition is made possible by the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance (Alyans Atizay Ayisyen, Inc.). A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Afro-Caribbean culture, with a focus on Haiti, for the benefit and enrichment of the local community.
José Bedia, Leonardo Benzant, Sanford Biggers, Juan Roberto Diago, Edouard Duval Carrié, Alexis Esquivel, Teresita Fernández, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Nina Angela Mercer, Clara Morera, Glexis Novoa, Marielle Plaisir, Asser Saint-Val, Jean-Marcel St. Jacques, and Renée Stout.
Édouard Duval Carrié, Artistic Director, HCAA and the Global/Borderless Caribbean Series
Tosha Grantham, Coordinating Curator, Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom
Marie Vickles, Curator-in-Residence Little Haiti Cultural Complex
Ada Ferrer, Ph.D., New York University
Linda Rodriguez, Ph.D., New York University
Laurent Dubois, Ph.D., Duke University
Opening Reception: Friday, December 8:
10 a.m.– 12 p.m.: VIP Vernissage & Press Event
12– 2 p.m.: Artist/Curator Roundtable
Saturday, January 13, 2018:
2– 6 p.m. José Antonio Aponte Symposium: After Symposium to a Panel Discussion
Little Haiti Cultural Complex
260 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137