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Closing Celebration for Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom Exhibit

Closing Celebration
NOV 16 // 6 PM - 9 PM // POWER PLANT GALLERY // AMERICAN TOBACCO CAMPUS

Join us for one last celebration of the Visionary Aponte exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery. The evening will feature a dance performance by Yanique Hume with Maya Berry and her students, and the public reveal of new artwork by artists-in-residence Édouard Duval-Carrié and Tessa Mars.

The art exhibit Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom focuses on an extraordinary - and now lost - historical artifact: a "Book of Paintings" created by José Antonio Aponte, a free black carpenter, artist, and former soldier who was also the leader of an ambitious antislavery movement in Cuba during the Age of Revolution. During his trial, Aponte was forced to describe each of the pictures in his book, which portrayed a wide array of subjects, from Biblical scenes to episodes in the history of Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Using those descriptions, the invited artists, working across multiple mediums, have reimagined Aponte's book for our present and future.

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MORE INFO: aponte.dukefsp.org

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This event is part of Aponte: Art & Black Freedom, a nine-week exhibition and accompanying series of conversations, screenings, performances, residencies, and workshops at Duke University organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics. The exhibit is curated by Édouard Duval-Carrié and Ada Ferrer with Laurent Dubois for the Power Plant Gallery edition.

Contact: Caitlin Kelly