Afro-Atlantic Art and Architecture from Slavery to the Present

Afro-Atlantic Art and Architecture from Slavery to the Present

Part of the conference Bound Away: Voyages of Enslavement in the Americas, this program is open to the public with free admission. The conference takes place at Rice University December 3–4, concluding with this session at the MFAH.

During the period of the transatlantic slave trade and beyond, enslaved Africans and their descendants were subjected to numerous atrocities, including separation from their families. In 2019, the website SlaveVoyages launched a database to help trace the passages of ships that transported slaves between ports of the Americas. In 2020, the database expanded to include additional ports of the United States, Spanish America, and Brazil.

• “A Dilapidated House Is Better than a Bush: Security, Fortified Houses, and Architectural Innovations on the Gold Coast in the 18th and 19th Centuries” | Hermann von Hesse, Rice University
• “Questioning Archival Images in Rosana Paulino’s 2018 Collages” | Lynne Lee, Rice University
• “Turning Points of Afro-Brazilian Art: Agnaldo Manuol dos Santos, Rubem Valentim, and Mestre Didi” | Roberto Conduru, Southern Methodist University
• A conversation with the speakers and the audience | Moderator: Fabiola López Durán, Rice University

Plan Your Visit
This lecture takes place in Brown Auditorium Theater. Seating is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis only. On Saturdays, the Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Related Exhibitions
The conference coincides with Afro-Atlantic Histories at the MFAH and Kapwani Kiwanga: The Sand Recalls the Moon’s Shadow at Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts.

Safety Guidelines Masks are required during programs in MFAH auditoriums. Capacities are limited. A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public setting. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all precautions set forth by the MFAH—learn more here.

Accessibility Questions or Requests? If you have any questions about accessibility resources in the Museum’s auditoriums, email or call 713.639.7300.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; H-E-B; MD Anderson Cancer Center; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Sharon G. Dies; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.

The exhibition “Afro-Atlantic Histories” is co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museu de Arte de Sāo Paulo in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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