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Wexner Center for the Arts – Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil

The Wexner Center of the Arts, at the Ohio State University, has been presenting a multi-disciplinary survey of Brazilian arts – films, visual arts, dance, music – in the initiative Via Brasil dedicated to bringing “innovators from a complex and dynamic nation” to an American audience, supported in part by a $782,000 grant awarded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

With the exhibition on view through April 20th, visual artists include Laura Belém, Gisele Camargo, José Damasceno, Vânia Mignone, Odires Mlászho, Adriana Varejão, a site-specific installation by Lucia Koch and the debut of a multimedia installation by Jonathas de Andrade, documenting a horse-cart race he staged in his hometown of Recife – Koch and de Andrade are recipients of the Wexner Center Artist Residency Awards in visual arts.  Among the documenteries shown in the film program are Gabriel Mascaro’s ‘Housemaids’, Ricardo Dias’ ‘Faith: The Earth Giveth, The Earth Taketh Away’ and Cesar Oiticica Filho’s ‘Helio Oiticica’, a documentary on his uncle and seminal Brazilian visual artist.  Performing arts program includes dance performance of Brazilian dance group Companhia Urbana de Dança, a concert by noted Brazilian singer Criolo and a special performance of the avant-world band Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits.  Check out entire list of events and schedule here

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