Club Americano: What Is a Club? @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston [21 April]

Club Americano: What Is a Club?

18:30 - 20:00

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Artist and educator Pablo Helguera cordially invites you to «Club Americano,» an intimate one-room exhibition and shared space at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Artworks in the space, selected by Helguera in collaboration with MFA curators, serve as the subject of three performances that examine their histories through a present-day lens.

The first of the performances, «What Is a Club?» reflects on the history of social clubs, which were popularized in much of the world during the 19th century as private establishments for upper-class members. Four presentations exemplify how some objects in the gallery—including a 20th-century reproduction of Paul Revere’s Sons of Liberty Bowl—come to embody a sense of belonging, while others were designed to distinguish and divide. The program addresses racial hierarchies as depicted in Spanish colonial casta paintings by Ignacio de Castro, and examines how this legacy survives in a contemporary society through personal perspectives. Additionally, academic and poetic lectures provide context on mestizaje in Spanish colonial music and contemporary culture, and Helguera performs a negrilla—a type of 15th-to-18th-century carol incorporating elements of African slaves’ music and speech.

Speakers and performers include:

• Pablo Helguera
• Benjamín Juárez, professor at Boston University
• Zaira Meneses, Mexico’s premier classical guitarist
• Yvette Modestin, founder of Encuentro Diaspora Afro, author, poet and community activist
• Liz Munsell, the MFA's Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and Special Initiatives
• Darianna Young, member of the MFA’s Teen Arts Council

Free performance ticket required. Limited availability: first come, first served. Performance tickets available at the Huntington Avenue Entrance beginning at 5:30 pm.
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