Tropicália: The Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture

Panel Discussion Thu 19 Oct 2006 7.00PM-9.00PM The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
Admission: $8, free for all students, as well as members of the Bronx Museum and New School faculty, staff and alumni with valid ID
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This is the first of four panels at various New York institutions focusing on the political climate in Brazil during military rule in the late 1960s, and the visual art, literature, music, cinema, architecture, and design created in response, reaction, and resistance to the authoritarian regime. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Tropicália: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture at the Bronx Museum.

This first panel will address pivotal issues that inform the Tropicália exhibition including the clash between the progressive agenda set forth in the 1950s by Brazilian president Kubitscheck, the repressive period initiated by the 1964 military coup, the search for an inclusive Pan-American aesthetics, and the embrace of "antropofagia" (cultural cannibalism) in the 1960s proposed by poet Oswald de Andrade's 1920s manifesto.

Sergio Bessa, Director of Education, The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Carlos Basualdo, Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art
Claudia Calirman, faculty member, Parsons The New School for Design
Christopher Dunn, Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University