AFRO-CUBAN ARTISTS: A RENAISSANCE is an international interdisciplinary conference being held APRIL 27-30, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri and hosted by the University of Missouri’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. This four day event will be of interest to scholars, and students, as well as creative artists who explore topics related to the aesthetics, socio-cultural and political antecedents, context and impact of Afro-Cuban artists who came of age after 1959.
Three leading contemporary Afro-Cuban artists, Manuel Mendive (1944), Eduardo “Choco” Roca Salazar (1949), and Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal (1955) will be present and hold exhibitions in Columbia during the conference. In addition, Mendive will present a performance with painted bodies. Documentaries by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, examining the life and work of these artists, will also be screened.