Rex Nielson & Christiane Ramsey
Brazilian Modernism Outside the Box: The Modern Art Week, 11-18 February 1922
September 22 – December 22, 2017
Gallery on Five, level 5
The exhibit Brazilian Modernism Outside the Box: The Modern Art Week, 11-18 February 1992 celebrates one of Brazil’s most significant cultural events: a week of exaggerated and peculiar performances, poetry readings, displays, and demonstrations exploring what modern art in Brazil could be. The week was organized by the polymath Mário de Andrade (a poet, novelist, essayist, musicologist, ethnographer, folklorist, linguist, art and literary critic, and director of the São Paulo Department of Culture) and Oswald de Andrade (a poet, writer, and intellectual provocateur). The week featured visual artists, architects, poets, essayists, and musicians whose collective work inaugurated the arrival of modernist ideas in Brazil and forever changed the course of Brazilian history. This exhibit commemorates the events of that week and is inspired by the Caixa Modernista [Modernist Box] curated and produced by Jorge Schwartz.
This project was organized by Christiane E. Ramsey, Visual Arts Librarian and Rex P. Nielson, Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, with contributions by Abigail Guest, undergraduate student majoring in Portuguese with a minor in Art History.