The Rafael Queneditt Morales papers are now available at Harvard's Fine Arts Library. Rafael Queneditt Morales (1942–2016) was an important Cuban sculptor whose work centered on the celebration of Afro-Cuban culture in general and of Afro-Cuban spirituality in particular. His art combined the language of geometric abstraction with the use of traditional woodcarving to produce representations of Afro-Cuban religious rituals, deities and symbolism. He formed the art collective Grupo Antillano (1978–1983), creating a platform where distinguished visual artists, intellectuals, writers, and musicians could collaborate and explore Afro-Cuban culture in-depth.
The Rafael Queneditt Morales papers include materials related to Queneditt's life, the Grupo Antillano (1978-80), and the Drapetomanía exhibition. Researchers will have access to photograph albums with black-and-white and color photographs of Queneditt’s artwork, exhibition brochures, loose photographs and slides (many with artist’s annotations). The Grupo Antillano portion includes visitors’ books, exhibition brochures, and materials relating to the 2014 Drapetomanía exhibition: correspondence, curricula vitae of artists, draft texts, financial documents, and publicity postcards.
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