Past Event

Bringing it Home from Paris: Three Latin American Women Embrace Modernism

Bringing it Home from Paris: Three Latin American Women Embrace Modernism will share the music, art, and words of three Latin American women who travelled to Paris and embraced the Modernist artistic movement of the 1920s.

The Modernist movement began in Europe, arguing that “traditional” forms of art, literature, religion, and daily life were becoming outdated in the new economic, social, and political conditions of the industrialized world.

Register and take part in free presentations from speakers on these three remarkable women, to whom Modernism represented a break with the past, a reassessment of tradition, a rejection of the colonial period and the Europeanized culture of the 19th century.

Lie Camellia Espinosa (1906-1998) was an Argentine pianist and composer, whose work was influenced by French modernism. Suzanne Flandreau, Former Head Librarian and Archivist, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago (retired), will discuss these influences and play examples of her work.

Tarsal do Amoral (1886-1973) was a Brazilian visual artist trained in Paris in the 1920’s and whose work weaved traditional Brazilian themes and subjects with surrealism and cubism. Nancy Van Kanegan, an interdisciplinary artist who teaches in the Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences at Columbia College, will show examples of do Amoral’s paintings that reflect these movements.

Teresa de la Parra (1889-1936) was a Venezuelan writer whose work reflected modernist literary trends. Rose Anna Mueller, Ph.D. Humanities, History and Social Sciences professor at Columbia College, whose book, Teresa de la Parra: A Literary Life, is the first comprehensive study of the author for English-speaking readers, will read excerpts of de la Parra’s works.

This event is free and open to the public. However, registration is required and can be made online.

This program is part of Intersections, a lively series of lectures and discussions investigating and celebrating the complexity of contemporary culture and the arts, and is co-sponsored by the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Columbia College Chicago.

This event is presented as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and co-sponsored by Intersections program series at Columbia College Chicago.


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