Exhibit Opening: Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

 Popular Art of the Northeast of BrazilThe Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) proudly premiers Bandits and Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil, November 12 – January 7, 2016. On Thursday, November 12, the Museum invites the public to its FREE grand opening event, beginning at 6 pm with a presentation by Dr. Andrew Kirkendall, a distinguished professor at Texas A&M University, and an expert on Brazilian history and music. His fascinating talk will be followed by a reception and gallery viewing.

This spectacular exhibit explores the blending of African cultures with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil. Engaging photographs and works of popular art, including sculptures, paintings, prints, religious objects, toys, and booklets of poetry will draw visitors into this complex culture and introduce festivals, heroes, and spiritual traditions.