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Family Matters: What Does the Future Hold for the Black Male and His Family?

May 22 - The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture and the UNC Charlotte Center for the Study of the New South invite you to participate in the first of a yearlong series of free discussions – Real Talk: A Community Conversation - Th...

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I SEE YOU: The Politics of Being

January 26, 2014 - June 1, 2014 - This exhibition presents the work of six contemporary artists who expand the constructs of female identity in the 21st century. Surveying the range of ideas and illusions of the feminine mystique, this exhibition explores how women of the African Di...

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Afro-Cuban Artist Exhibits at The Gantt Center

What My Mother Told Me: The Art of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons Opens January 29th

Internationally celebrated Afro-Cuban artist, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, will travel to Charlotte for a rare appearance to coincide with her new exhibition, What My Mother Told Me: The Art of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, which is slated to open to the public on Saturday, January 29 at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Campos-Pons will discuss her work with local educators on January 27 and will greet guests at a private opening on January 28.

"What My Mother Told Me may be one of the most important exhibitions the Gantt Center has mounted to-date," said David Taylor, president & CEO. "And because Maria Magdalena is a native Spanish speaker, we are taking extra steps to welcome the area's growing Hispanic community to view the exhibit. In light of that, our gallery guides and other materials will be presented in both English and Spanish."

Born in Mantanzas, Cuba, Campos-Pons' work echoes the lives of African descendants rooted in Cuba and of legions of fellow travelers from around the world. It has emerged from an early 1980s focus on painting and the discussion of Cuban mixed cultural heritage to incisive questioning, critique and insertion of the body in contemporary narratives of the present. The work in this exhibition builds upon a dialogue of culture, history, art and identity and define the core of who Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons is as a woman, an expatriate and a Cuban.

About The Artist

Campos-Pons creates paintings, installations, and sculptures, along with video and poetry. All of these are means to capture art that often relates to exile, longing, separation, and even nostalgia, which she calls 'memory without pain.'

Campos-Pons has exhibited internationally since 1984 when she won Honorable Mention at the XVIII Cagnes-sur-Mer Painting Competition in France and the Bunting Fellowship in Visual Arts at Harvard in 1993. Solo shows followed at MoMA, the Venice Biennale 2001, Johannesburg Biennial, the First Liverpool Biennial, the Dak'ART Biennial in Senegal and the Guangzhou Triennial in China.

Recognized as an upcoming young leader of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by its Women's Chapter, Campos-Pons was also sited among the 100 Most Influential Latinos and honored in 2008 as Harvard launched a campaign to build its new art museum.

Her work can be found in several outstanding collections including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Campos-Pons has lectured at the Tate Modern in London, the Brooklyn Museum, the School of Art in Dakar, Senegal and at Harvard.

Credits: Replenishing - Marķa Magdalena Campos-Pons (2003)

Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2011

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