June 3, 2007 - Americas Society - (Still) Thriving on Adversity: Contextualizing the Work of Paula Trope
June 3, 2007

(Still) Thriving on Adversity: Contextualizing the Work of Paula Trope

Paula Trope in collaboration with Jeferson and Nem, Jeferson and Nem, from the series Os Meninos [The Kids] 1993-94, pinhole camera photography. Collection of Paulo Roberto Santi, Rio de Janeiro 

(Still) Thriving on Adversity: Contextualizing the Work of Paula Trope
Wednesday, June 6,  6 PM

680 Park Avenue at 68th Street, New York

Free admission
Reservations are required.
Please email culture@americas-society.org 
or call (212) 277 8359. Members receive priority seating. 


Lidia Santos -Visiting Professor of Brazilian and Latin American Literatures at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York- will explore Paula Tropes aesthetic approach to the ongoing social inequalities in Brazil.
About the speaker:

Lidia Santos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she received a B.A. in Literatures of Portuguese Language from the University of Rio de Janeiro UFRJ. Her PhD in Spanish American Literature was received from the University of São Paulo USP. Before arriving at the Graduate Center, Professor Santos taught at Yale University and at the Federal Fluminense University UFF, in Brazil.

She specializes in Brazilian and Latin American Literatures. Her research is mainly attached to contemporary issues, stressing the relationship between literature and other arts and contexts. Her enduring research on the intersection of literature and mass media in Brazil and Latin America was condensed in her book Tropical Kitsch. Mass Media in Latin American Art and Literature. Recently translated into English after two Spanish editions, Tropical Kitsch was named the best book in Brazilian Studies in a Comparative Perspective by the Latin American Studies Association. Professor Santos is also a RFI / Guimarães Rosa Prize recipient and author of two books of short stories and numerous scholarly works.

Currently, Professor Santos is finishing a book, which deals with the presence of soap operas’ techniques in contemporary literatures of Latin America. She is also working on the new trends of cosmopolitanism in Brazil.

This event takes place at Americas Society and is free and open to the public. For wheelchair access, please call in advance.

On view from
May 24 to
August 31
Emancipatory Action:
Paula Trope and the Meninos
Curated by Gabriela Rangel and José Luis Falconi

Gallery Hours: Wedneday to Saturday 12 to 6 PM

The exhibition includes enlarged color prints presented as diptychs, triptychs or multiple panels in conjunction with works on video conceived and made by Trope and her partners, the so-called meninos, children who live in the favelas (shantytowns) of Rio de Janeiro. Trope has established a long-term collaboration with the meninos that results in series of photographs, videos, and, more recently, an urban planning project in Rio de Janeiro.
Emancipatory Action: Paula Trope and the Meninos is organized in conjunction with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. This exhibition is made possible with Public Funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Additional funding was provided by the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust and Humberto and Claudia Carvalho. Funds for the catalogue have been provided by the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation. This exhibition is the Visual Arts component of the Americas Societys Embrace Brazil festival. Funding for this series was provided by David Rockefeller.

Americas Society is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas . Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.

For information on our cultural events, please visit www.americas-society.org or call (212) 277 8359.

Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
T: (212) 249 8950
F: (212) 249 5868


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