On Friday, a Brazilian musical group will perform at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art

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Latin music group, Latin Mojo, will perform at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art on Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. This performance is part of the reception of the exhibition Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil. This event is free and all are welcome. The reception is organized by the Friends of the MGMoA.

Latin Mojo will perform Brazilian music and explain the instruments and musical styles used. Latin Mojo is an Oklahoma City-based Latin music group with a repertoire of Spanish pop hits, salsa, music from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and more. Latin Mojo entertains and educates audiences in the different styles and rhythms of Latin America. Latin Mojo’s performance will have no one sitting down, as their infectious music will have everyone on their feet and dancing!

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil explores how the ancient cultures of Africa intermingled with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil. Engaging photographs and works of folk art, including sculptures, paintings, prints, religious objects, toys and poetry booklets will draw visitors into the complex and dynamic culture of northeast Brazil and present the festivals, heroes and spiritual traditions that shape and give meaning to the daily life of the Nordestinos, a popular people in northeast Brazil.

The exhibition explores how various traditions come together in the region and uses the work of historical and contemporary artists to illuminate a fascinating history reaching into modern Brazil. Throughout, the exhibition explores the resilience and vitality of modern-day descendants of Africa. Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil will continue until March 15.

This exhibit was made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Bandits and Heroes, Poets and Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil was organized by Con/Vida–Popular Arts of the Americas and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibit do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located on the OBU Green campus at 1900 W. MacArthur St. in Shawnee. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.mgmoa.org for more information.

This exhibition is supported in part by the Avedis Foundation, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Allied Arts and the Mr. and Mrs. RJ Wissinger Memorial Fund. For accommodations on the basis of a disability or for more information about this exhibit, call the museum at (405) 878-5300.


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