Mon. Oct 26th, 2020

ART Review — Al Hollingsworth, VARCRC, Benny Andrews | 1980-1-7

Shango From Exhibition African Religions in the Caribbean: Santeria and Voodoo at VARCDC
  • Sculpture of Shango from prior African Religions in the Caribbean: Santeria and Voodoo Exhibition which focused on two religions brought to Cuba and Haiti by the Yoruba and Dahomey tribes, and offers them as examples of cultural traditions perpetuated by Caribbean people today. The Visual Arts Resource and Research Center Relating to the Caribbean (VARCRC) has moved from 22 East 54th Street into temporary quarters at the Phelps Stokes Fund at 10 East 87th Street. VARCRC Director Marta Vega has announced that the center will follow up their highly successful program on the African diaspora in the Caribbean with an exhibition of work by Abdias Nascimiento at the Taller Boricua in January. In conjunction with this exhibition there will be a symposium called African Diaspora and Ritual Expressions. Contact VARCRC at (212) 427-8100 for more information.
  • The National Council of Negro Women recently sponsored a two-day conference entitled Black Women in America. One of the discussions dealt with the subject of black women in the arts. Dr. Leslie King Hammon, Dean of Graduate Studies at the Maryland Institute of Art, was the moderator, and participants included Mary S. Campbell, Executive Director of the Studio Museum and Linda G. Bryant, Director of the Just Above Midtown Gallery.
  • I hope that you didn’t miss the exhibition Afro-American Traditions in the Decorative Arts which closed at the Museum of History and Technology in Washington in December. This was the last stop of the national tour which had been organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, with funding provided by the Cleveland Chapter of LINKS, Inc.
  • Artist Al Hollingsworth was the recipient of the Man of the Year Award from the South Bronx Branch of the NAACP.
  • Artist Benny Andrews will moderate a panel on Making It in the Arts at the annual meeting of the College Art Association, to be held in New Orleans Jan. 30-Feb. 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
  • Do you know about the African American Museum Association? Join today and become involved with black art institutions all over the country. Membership is $25 a year. Contact the AAMA at 20 Walnut Avenue, Boston, MA. 02119.

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