Detroit Exhibit Explores Northeast Brazilian Art

SHU Professor Barb Cervenka, OP, is Curator of Detroit Exhibition

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DETROIT, Mich. – An exhibition of Brazilian popular art, “Bandits & Heroes, Poets and Saints – Expressions in Faith in the Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil,” will run from May 1-June 2 at the Bagley Housing Association Art Gallery in Detroit, Mich.


Siena Heights University Associate Professor of Art Sister Barbara Cervenka, OP, and Wayne State University Professor Marion Jackson are the curators of the exhibition under the auspices of “Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas,” with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. An opening reception is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. May 5.


The exhibition will showcase art by Brazilian artisans made in celebration of the two major religious traditions of Brazil’s northeast – Christianity and Candomble. It will give access to these diverse religious traditions through prints, photographs, wood sculptures and actual bandits and heroes1.jpgliturgical objects used in religious practice. “Bandits and Heroes, Poets and Saints” is the first installment in a three-part exhibition series that will explore various themes in the popular culture of Brazil’s culturally diverse northeast.


Gallery hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 1-5 p.m. Saturday. The Bagley Housing Association Art Gallery is located at 2715 Bagley Street in downtown Detroit. For more information, call 313-964-5942.

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