By Roger Costa
Poetry and Jazz come together during NJPAC’s Free Virtual Event “City Verses Jazz Poetry Virtual Performance”. The live celebration will reunite emerging artists as they blend poems and music, in a journey through the history of Jazz Poetry with poems read aloud from the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat era, and modern times, layered with jazz music. The result is contagiously moving, as the music adds an unexpected new dimension to the words. This creative collaboration is curated by City Verses Artistic Director Mark Gross and poets Evan Cutts and Attorious Augustin from the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. Wednesdays October 28 and November 11 at 7 pm. Online via Facebook.
The Museum of Modern Art announced Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964, the first major museum exhibition of Brazilian modernist photography outside of Brazil. On view March 21–June 12, 2021, the exhibition will focus on the unforgettable creative achievements of São Paulo’s Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante, a group of amateur photographers widely heralded in Brazil, but essentially unknown to European and North American audiences. Fotoclubismo is comprised of over 140 photographs drawn generously from MoMA’s collection; together, they bring forward the extraordinary range of achievements of this group, provide valuable insight into the way photographic aesthetics were framed in the 1950s, and afford opportunities to reflect on the significance of amateur status today. The exhibition is organized by Sarah Meister, Curator, with Dana Ostrander, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography.
The vast majority of Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante members were amateurs, meaning they pursued photographic activity without any professional motive or affiliation. The club’s longtime president, Eduardo Salvatore, earned his living as a lawyer, and the list of professions on the membership cards includes industrialists, accountants, journalists, engineers, biologists, and bankers. While photography was an activity pursued outside their day jobs, FCCB members were nonetheless quite serious about their artistic ambition and their photographs were often quite dynamic and innovative.
Works such as Geraldo de Barros’s Fotoforma, São Paulo (1952–53), Thomaz Farkas’s Ministry of Education and Health, Rio (c. 1945), or Gertrudes Altschul’s Filigree (Filigrana) (c. 1952), for example, represent a few of the radical experimentations with process and form and underscore the discovery of inventive compositions within everyday life.
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