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AFRO-CUBAN ARTISTS: A RENAISSANCE is an international, interdisciplinary conference hosted by the MU Afro-Romance Institute and the MU Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. This four-day event will be of interest to scholars, and students, as well as creative artists working in the African Diaspora, Cuban/Caribbean/ Latin American arts, art history, history, culture, religions, ritual, performances, gender or ethnic studies. The conference will explore various topics related to the aesthetics, socio-cultural and political antecedents, context and impact of the Afro-Cuban artists who came of age after 1959. Following the conference, the Afro-Hispanic Review will devote a monographic issue to the event.

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Download a PDF of the full schedule here!


Meet and view the works of three leading contemporary Afro-Cuban artists

Manuel Mendive    |    Eduardo Roca Salazar “Choco”    |    Santiago Rodriguez Olazábal

Listen to Keynote Lectures DELIVERED by Afro-Cuban Scholars

Nancy Morejón
Cuban poet and essayist, President of the Cuban Academy of Language

William Luis
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish,
Editor of Afro-Hispanic Review

Flora González Mandri
Emerson College, Professor Emerita

James Counts Early
Former Director Cultural Heritage Policy at the
Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Presentations of papers and
visual performances regarding

  • Arts and race
  • African Diaspora arts in Latin America
  • Ethnicity and visual interpretation
  • Aesthetics and religion
  • The magic space of image, ritual, and art performance
  • Dialogue between the arts
  • Institutional organization and art production America
  • Performance of Africanity in the visual arts
  • Collaborative art production
  • Art and social and political contexts

Join us April 27-30, to see documentaries
by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook
of our featured artists’ liVES and workS.
See trailers below.

Manuel Mendive

Santiago Rodriguez OlazÁbal

Eduardo Roca Salazar

Contact Sponsors and Contributors
© 2016 MU Conference Office MU Museum of Art and Archaeology MU Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
344 Hearnes Center MU Chancellor's Distinguished Visitors Program Laura Pérez-Mesa
Columbia, Missouri 65211 George Caleb Bingham Gallery MU Department of Art History and Archaeology
Phone 573-882-4349 MU Afro Romance Institute MU Department of Theatre
or 1-800-682-6663 MU Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs MU Department of Art
  MU Lectures Committee MU Department of English
Design credit to Jennifer Sanchez and Hayden Lewis, MU School of Journalism- Strategic Communication MU Chancellor's Diversity Initiative MU Department of Black Studies
Missouri School of Journalism — Strategic Communication Cambio Center
Norfolk State University  
Mizzou Advantage
Mendive Art