Curious to learn more about Cuba and its history now that travel to Havana is a possibility?
In Philly, a new exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia explores and celebrates the role of Afro-Cuban and African influences in Cuba, highlighting the Grupo Antillano cultural movement (1978-1983) and its mission to call attention to the centrality of Africa in the development of the Cuban nation.
Now open, Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba exhibits the work of Groupo Antillano artists as well as artists who’ve incorporated themes dealing with the impact of Cuba’s relationship with Africa and the Caribbean, serving as a reminder of Groupo Antillano’s significance and the artistic movement’s impact.
The disciplines of participating artists include sculpture, engraving, painting, drawing, textile design, ceramics, humor and graphic design, among others.
Drapetomanía, which comes from a term coined by a slave physician in mid-19th century Louisiana, came from the Greek word “drapetes” (run away, slave) combined with mania (madness, mental illness); the main symptom of the “disease” was the slave’s need to escape and find freedom. Once debunked, drapetomanía became a symbol of resistance against colonial European oppression.
A free opening reception at the museum scheduled for February 3 at 6:30 p.m. gives attendees an opportunity to speak with the exhibit’s curator, Harvard University’s Alejandro de la Fuente. In conjunction with this evening’s programming, AAMP will screen Dr. Robin Hayes’ Black and Cuba, and the filmmaker will be in attendance. To RSVP and for more information, check here.