Performances Colombia Education Student Exchange

“El Rio Magdalena – the river of our life”

17 Colombia Mud Island

The photographer Nereo López and the writer Gabriel García Márquez were tireless travelers and knew closely the splendor of the great Magdalena River, whose waters cross Colombia from south to north. This exhibition, from the photographic archive bequeathed by López and "El río de nuestra vida" (The river of our life), a text published by García Márquez, and curated by the Ministry of Culture and the National Library of Colombia presents an intriguing juxtaposition of image and word.

Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park
May 1 – May 31, 2017
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Afro-Colombians: Routes to Freedom

17 Colombia National Civil Rights

“Afro-Colombians: Routes to Freedom” travelling photography exhibition from the National Museum of Colombia depicts everyday life and most important passages and places that Africans traveled and settled on their way to freedom from Colombia’s Pacific Coast to the country’s interior.

National Civil Rights Museum
May 4 – May 31, 2017
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"Rise and Shine"

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Exhibition of pieces inspired by the artisan traditions and tropical nature of the Pacific and Caribbean regions of Colombia shine in this showcase of works by renowned Colombian silversmith Alexandra Agudelo. Agudelo creates an ideal harmony in her work through the interplay of the perfection of her handcrafted silversmith work and the imperfection inspired by Colombian nature represented by irregular borders, shadows, and textures of each piece. Her pieces are characterized by the dichotomy between the rigidity and the malleability of the silver with which she works.  The award-winning sculptor has exhibited in galleries around the globe.

National Ornamental Metal Museum
May 1 – May 31, 2017
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Macondo, The World of Gabriel García Márquez – a photography exhibit

17 Colombia Public Library

Using a medium format camera with black and white film, photojournalist Fausto Giaccone travels, traces and interprets places mentioned in the works of Nobel Laurate Gabriel García Márquez’s works. Using Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude to map Colombia with captivating photographs led to the photographer’s discovery of “not only the best contemporary Colombian literature, but also its topography, its history, its traditions and its pain, its light and its shadows.”

Goodwyn Gallery at Memphis Central Library
May 1-May 31, 2017
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Orchids Tell a Story

Miltoniopsis

Exhibition of dramatic images of Colombian’s national flower exemplify the rich biodiversity of the country and the conservation work of scientist José Celeste Mutis; Photography curated by Jardin Botánicio de Bogotá.  Memphis Orchid Society Show and Sale will be held May 5-7.

Memphis Botanic Gardens

May 1 – May 31, 2017
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Free Admission

Art of Saul Balagura

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Born in Cali, Colombia, the Jewish artist had his first solo exhibition at age seventeen. Throughout his life, he has moved in parallel universes of arts and sciences. The self-taught artist holds a M.D. from Universidad del Valle , a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, and a Neurosurgery degree from Albert Einstein Medical Center . In 1994 he retired from the world of science and opened a studio. His expressionistic work is a direct result of the interaction of his background with artistic influences from artists as varied as Willem de Kooning, Eduardo Guayasamin, el Greco, Pablo Neruda and Gabriel García Márquez. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States.

Memphis Jewish Community Center
May 1 – May 31, 2017
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Free Admission

“Cartagena: Memories and Connections”

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Artwork by Jorge Yances.   An oil-on-canvas trek through the city of the artist’s youth reveals an imaginative eye.  Yances brings elements of magical realism to his artful recollection of his native land.  Yances' art propels the visitor into the remembered world of his own imaginings and the power of the past to invade the mind with detailed images of centuries-old structures, the ghostly inhabitants of both grandiose and simple buildings; peering clandestinely into the lives and faces of those who lived before in juxtaposed with those who inhabit the same space today.

Art Village Gallery
May 1-May 31, 2017
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