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Lecture and Poetry Reading

Lecture and Poetry Reading

When Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017
4:00 AM - 6:00 AM

Where Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center
420 E Packer Ave
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Details Event Type: Lecture
Industry: Arts

Description Lecture and Reading of modernist and surrealist artist Wifredo Lam's poetry by the artists great nephew Juan Castillo Vázquez. Wifredo Lam described himself as a Trojan horse overflowing with powerful figures—winged horses, horned moons, Yoruba gods—poised to disrupt the contented dreams of colonization that haunted the 20th century. Lam was born in Cuba in 1902, a descendant of Chinese immigrants, Spanish conquistadors, and Congolese slaves. As a child, he witnessed the hallucinatory mixture of Catholic ritual and African rites that characterizes Cuban Santería. These visions would continue to stir his imagination throughout his life. In Europe, Lam became part of the inner circles of modernism and surrealism alongside Pablo Picasso, André Breton, and Joan Miró, artists who were also fascinated by the power of African forms and symbols. With the onset of WWII, many intellectuals fled Europe for the Caribbean. Returning to Cuba after nearly a twenty-year absence, Lam immersed himself in the plight of black Cubans. His work evolved rapidly, fusing cubist and surrealist approaches with Afro-Cuban motifs, resulting in hybrid figures that combined humans, animals, and plants. This lecture and poetry reading are a companion piece to the exhibition "The Drawings of Wifredo Lam: 1940-1955" on display in the Lehigh University Art Galleries, Main Gallery. This is the first time these pieces have ever been exhibited in the United States.

Price This event is FREE to attend

Contact Information Alexandria Wismer
alw414@lehigh.edu
Phone: (610) 758-6880

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