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    Imagining New Worlds traces the lengthy career of Wifredo Lam (1902-1982), perhaps best remembered as a member of the Surrealist group in the 1940s. Born in Cuba to a Chinese father and mother of African and Spanish descent, Lam gave expression to his multiracial and cultural ancestry through a signature hybrid style of painting that blended Surrealism, magical realism, modernism, and postmodernism. The exhibition begins with the academic work made while studying painting in Madrid, and includes the fantastical mid-century canvases that incorporate figures from the syncretic religion Santéria. His work is informed by a cross-cultural fusion of influences such as Afro-Cuban symbolism and Negritude, a movement that rejected the French colonial framing of African identity.

    Organization and Support
    Organized by the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, and curated by Elizabeth T. Goizueta.

    Support for this exhibition is provided by

    Delta            Northern Trust

    Additional support provided by Sandra and Dan Baldwin, Jiong Yan and Baxter Jones, Elizabeth and Chris Willett, and Morgens West Foundation.

    Purchase the Exhibition catalogue for Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds

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