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In Fall 2018, Duke University’s Power Plant Gallery and Forum for Scholars and Publics, in collaboration with a number of campus and community partners, are presenting a series of events exploring the histories and stories behind the Visionary Aponte exhibition and its timely meditations on slavery, Black incarceration, revolution, and artistic expression.

Photo of Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrie in front of a painting
Édouard Duval-Carrié.

During his Rubenstein Art Center residency, Duval-Carrié and local collaborators will work side-by-side and in dialogue to create new works for the larger Visionary Aponte project. Students from various classes at Duke—including Laurent Dubois’s graduate-level Public Scholarship course, undergraduate classes dealing with Caribbean history, literature, and art, as well as students in dance and studio art classes—will be able to visit the Ruby’s painting studio and see the works-in-progress.

The residency will culminate in an unveiling of the new works and an event during which the artists will discuss what they have produced and how it relates to Aponte’s book and to the work already in the exhibit.

Satirical painting
Exhibit

Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom

Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom, on view at the Power Plant Gallery (Sep 19–Nov 17, 2018) takes as its point of departure an extraordinary—and now lost—historical artifact: a “Book of Paintings” created by José Antonio Aponte.

Power Plant Gallery Exhibit

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Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom is a nine-week art exhibit and accompanying series of conversations, screenings, performances, residencies, and workshops at Duke University organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics. The exhibit is curated by Édouard Duval-Carrié and Ada Ferrer and is based on a digital humanities project called Digital Aponte.