The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, El Museo del Barrio and Institute of Fine Arts at NYU are proud to present a panel conversation on the life and work of Afro-Cuban artist Belkis Ayón. This conversation organized by Professor Edward Sullivan (IFA NYU) is inspired by the recent
exhibit NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón on view at El Museo del Barrio until November 5th.
About the exhibit:
This landmark retrospective is the first in the U.S. dedicated to the work of Belkis Ayón (1967–1999)—the late Cuban visual artist who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society Abakuá to create an independent and powerful visual iconography. Ayón was known for her signature technique of collography, a printing process in which materials of various textures and absorbencies are collaged onto a cardboard matrix and then run through the press with paper. Her narratives, many of which were produced at very large scale by joining multiple printed sheets, are imbued with an air of mystery, in part due to her deliberately austere palette of shades and subtle tones of black, white, and grey. For a black Cuban woman, both her ascendency in the contemporary printmaking world and her investigation of a powerful all-male brotherhood were notable and bold. Nkame, a sweeping overview of her most fertile period of artistic creativity, covers Ayón’s graphic production from 1986 until her untimely passing. This exhibition was organized by the Belkis Ayón Estate, Havana, Cuba, in collaboration with the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
David H. Brown, author, The Light Inside: Abakua Society Arts and Cuban Cultural History (2003)
Yesenia Fernandez-Selier, performer, and Media, Culture and Communication PhD candidate at New York University-Steinhardt
Carole and Alex Rosenberg, Collectors, Art Appraisers
Blanca Serrano, art historian, Ph.D., Institutue of Fine Arts
Edward Sullivan, Deputy Director, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, Institutue of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences
The event is free and open to the public. Photo ID required to enter building.
Co-sponsored by: The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, and El Museo del Barrio.