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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Forms of Time Public Lecture: ‘Bygone Temporalities and the Borderlines between Art, Literature and Religion in Early 20th century Brazil’

11th February 2013, 18:15 to 19:15, Room 140, Elvet Riverside Building, Prof André Tavares, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil

The paper deals with Fronteira (‘Borderline’) by the poet and painter Cornélio Penna (1896-1958), one of the leading figures of Brazilian Modernism, and the impact of modernity on the villages of the Brazilian Hinterland in the early 20th century, still embedded in a world of religious magic, blending together Spanish/Portuguese as well as African/Amerindian traditions. Instead of focussing merely on the effects of modernity on the Brazilian Hinterland, the material presented will allow us to explore the humanistic crossroads between modernity and tradition, opening up new vistas for a discussion on the segregation of a series of enduring cultural practices in a bygone compartment – its ultimate aim is to attempt an understanding on the discursive and visual construction of anachronism as such.

André Tavares is Professor of Art History at the UNIFESP – Federal University of São Paulo State, Brazil. He holds a PhD in Arts and Drawing (2009, IA-UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil) and a PhD in Social History – cities, culture and urban heritage (2006, IFCH- UNICAMP, Campinas Brazil). He is a specialist in the cultural exchanges between Rome, Portugal and Portuguese America in late 18th and 19th centuries. He has been Visiting Scholar at The Getty Research Institutes (‘Connecting Art Histories Initiative, 2011), Visiting Scholar at The Universidad Complutense in Madrid (2010) and at Kings College, London (2010). Prof Tavares is part of the FAPESP sponsored Plus Ultra Project developed by a group of scholars from USP – UNICAMP and UNIFESP interested in the study of the relationships between the Italian Peninsula and the Latin American world during the Modern Age. He is also part of the Getty Foundation supported ‘Global Baroque’ project, a partnership between UNIFESP and the University of Zurich.

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