free and open to the public

Museum of Art and Archeology
George Caleb Bingham Gallery
Ragtag Cinema
MU Department of Theatre
Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia
University of Missouri
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Museum of Art and Archeology; Mizzou North, 115 W. Business Loop

February 2 – May 15
Tuesday – Friday: 9 am –  4 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12 – 4 pm
Black American Artists: Envisioning Social Change

Showcasing works on paper by Black American artists in the museum's permanent collection that both honors Black History Month and complements the concurrent spring exhibition Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance.

February 23 – May 1, 2016
Tuesday – Friday: 9 am –  4 pm
Saturday  – Sunday: 12 – 4 pm

Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance

This special exhibition of the Museum of Art and Archaeology focuses on two of the most celebrated Cuban artists working today, Manuel Mendive and Eduardo "Choco" Roca Salazar. Both have drawn inspiration from their Afro-Cuban heritage. However, their choices of different subject matters and divergent styles underscore the manifold ways race and revolution continue to be interpreted and understood in Cuba. This exhibition is the result of years of resarch in Cuba by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, who brought it to the University of Missouri with the artists' assistance and generosity. Kristin Schwain is the curator of the exhibit.

Friday through Sunday,
March 18–20
Art in Bloom

Mid-Missouri florists design and create fresh-cut floral arrangements inspired by art works in the Museum’s collections AND THE SPECIAL EXHIBITION OF AFRO CUBAN ARTISTS.

Saturday, March 19
sessions between 1 – 3:30 pm
Art in Bloom for Kids Children’s Workshop

Participants will create their own arrangements with real flowers.
(Preregistration BEFORE MARCH 15, 882-3591) Drop-ins on a space available basis. Limit two children per accompanying adult

Saturday, April 9
1 – 3 pm
Family Event: Artists’ Visions

We’ll look at examples of works by AFRO CUBAN artists in a special exhibition in the Museum and then make our own art, inspired by these. Limit two children per accompanying adult. Preregistration required 882-3591

Thursday, April 14
7 – 9 pm
Art After Dark

Enjoy a juried art contest by local college and university students, music with a DJ, view the SPECIAL EXHIBITION OF AFRO CUBAN ARTISTS, and more. Sponsored by the Museum Advisory Council of Students.

Thursday, April 21
7 pm
Film Series:  Buena Vista Social Club (1999) Directed by Wim Wenders; Room 707.
Wednesday, April 27
5:30 pm
Opening Reception for Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance

George Caleb Bingham Gallery; A126 Fine Arts Center (corner of Hitt & University)

April 25 – May 3
8 am – 5 pm

George Caleb Bingham Gallery
A126 Fine Arts Center

The Bingham Gallery will host renowned visual artist Rodriguez Olazábal, with his work on display April 25 – May 5.  On Thursday, April 28, the artist will be present for a reception and Q&A at 5 pm, followed by the screening of a beautiful documentary about him by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook  at the Corner Playhouse.

Ragtag Cinema; 10 Hitt Street, Columbia, MO

Wednesday, April 13
5:30 pm

Rogelio Martínez Furé, un Griot Cubano / a Cuban Griot 

(2014), ca. 30 minutes with English subtitles. Direction and production by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook. Portrait of an Africanist, writer,  scholar of folklore, and religion, and founder of the National Folkloric Ballet of Cuba. Through conversations with Furé and other prominent Afro-Cuban intellectuals, as well as images of religious rituals and dances of the National Folkloric Ballet and the Olorum Group, film discloses layers of Cuba’s rich cultural heritage and African legacy. Film portrays Furé as a contemporary griot, a repository of oral tradition who recovers and guards Afro-Cuban and Caribbean silenced memories and true identity.


DIAGO: Artista apalencado/A Maroon Artist

Documentary produced and directed by Juanamaria Cordones-Cook. Diago: Artista apalencado / A Maroon Artist (2013), ca. 27 minutes long with English subtitles. Comment: presentation of a prominent multimedia artist, Juan Roberto Diago (1972), who employs discarded materials. Diago understands the creative possibilities of recycling and bricolage and enriches his images by juxtaposing graffiti with racially contesting intent. He has labeled himself a "maroon artist" and his art work results in "cultural resistance". In this documentary, Diago openly discusses issues of race and poverty in contemporary Cuba, as well as their representation in his paintings and installations.

This is a free event and there will be some discussion of the documentaries and an introduction to the Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance conference.

* Note: the films were also sponsored by a Mizzou Advantage Grant from 2012

MU Department of Theatre; Corner Playhouse, 1101 University Ave., Columbia, MO

Friday, April 29
6:00 pm
GRAMMY-nominated storyteller Milbre Burch will perform a brief spoken word concert titled "The Separation of Heaven and Earth and other Patakis from the Santeria Tradition." Her performance is just prior to the screening of the documentary, “El mundo Magico de Mendive/The Magical World of Mendive,” by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook.
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 26 & 27
7:30 pm


Letters from Cuba, by Maria Irene Fornés

Based on decades of correspondence between Fornés and her brother in Havana, Letters from Cuba moves back and forth in time, space and spirit, revealing the ties between Francisquita, a young dancer in New York, and her relatives in Cuba.

Daniel Boone Regional Library; 100 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO

Tuesday, April 19
7 – 8:15 pm

Afro-Cuban Nancy Morejón

Afro-Cuban Nancy Morejón is recognized as one of the most distinguished poets of Cuba after the revolution. Her work draws from her African heritage and her life in modern Cuba. She will read from some of her most well-known poems and talk about the cultural milieu of her homeland. There will also be a short documentary about the making of one of her poems into an original handcrafted art book by artisanal publisher Ediciones Vigia. Some examples of these unique books will be on display in the lobby, April 18–29.

Wednesday, April 20
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Pop! Create an Art Book

Do you love picture and pop-up books? Drop in to make your own art book using collage, stamps and patterns for making pop-up features. Get inspired by our display of Afro-Cuban art books in the lobby April 18–29. Ages 6 to adult. Parents should be present to help younger artists.

University of Missouri

Thursday, February 4
6 – 8 pm

Middlebush Hall 12

This film-lovers event gives you the opportunity to look at the arts and identity, and the organization for rights and well-being. The screening includes:

Nancy Morejon: Paisajes Celebres (Famous Landscapes) is a documentary about the most widely translated Latin American poet. Her writings address contemporary issues of ethnicity, gender, history, and Afro-Cuban identity. Written and directed by Juanamaria Cordones-Cook.

Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital is an upbeat film about how an Afro-Indigenous community got fed up and built their own hospital. Directed by Beth Geglia and Jesse Freeston.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; register at (573) 882-8189

April 29
Part of the Potpourri of the Arts Class
[8 sessions]
Friday, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Afro-Cuban Art
Examine and appreciate Afro-Cuban art with an internationally-recognized expert in Afro-Hispanic art, film and culture. Instructor: Juanamaría Cordones-Cook has published extensively on contemporary Spanish-American literature and culture, with special interest in Afro-Hispanic writers in major national and international journals in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America. Her articles have appeared in numerous major publications. She will highlight an upcoming conference entitled: “Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance” in late April. She has recently completed a book-length study of a generation of Afro-Cuban writers and artists who came of age with the Cuban Revolution, Havana’s Black Renaissance, as well as on "La silla dorada," an anthology of poetry by Nancy Morejón accompanied by an audiovisual of her poetry reading, and a collection of essays on Ediciones Vigía and the art of book-making.

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  
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