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Blackness and Popular Art in Twentieth-Century Panama ( Presentation Slides )

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Title:
Blackness and Popular Art in Twentieth-Century Panama ( Presentation Slides )
Series Title:
UF Center for Latin American Studies’ 63rd Annual Conference, “Panama Considered: Remembering the Past, Embracing the Future”
Physical Description:
Presentation Slides
Language:
English
Creator:
Szok, Peter
Publisher:
UF Center for Latin American Studies
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, FL
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Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Panama
Popular Art
Ephemeral Art
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Spatial Coverage:
Panama

Notes

Abstract:
Peter Szok, TCU: "Blackness and Popular Art in Twentieth-Century Panama". Popular art is a masculine and working-class genre, associated with Panama’s black population. Its practitioners are self-taught, commercial painters, whose high-toned designs, vibrant portraits, and landscapes appear in cantinas, barbershops, and restaurants. The diablo rojo buses are popular art’s most visible manifestation. This paper analyzes the origins of the paintings, connecting them to rebellious, Afro-American festival traditions and to the rumba craze of the mid-twentieth century. During World War II, thousands of U.S. soldiers were stationed in Panama, and elaborately decorated cabarets opened to cater to their presence. These venues often featured touring Afro-Cuban musicians. Painters such as Luis “The Wolf” Evans exploited such moments of modernization to challenge the elite and its older conception of Panama as a country with little connection to Africa. While Panama’s intellectual class fled from modernization and asserted a romantic and mestizo (European-indigenous) vision of the republic, popular artists enthusiastically embraced the new influences to project a powerful sense of blackness.
Scope and Content:
Files include two presentation PPTX files: Szok-two includes slides for spoken presentation; Szok-one includes slides as video with music for the presentation introduction. For the slides with music, the music is "La Murga de Panamá" which appeared in Willie Colón’s 1971 album Asalto Navideño where Colón plays the trombone, and Héctor Lavoe sings. For ease of use online, slides also presented as PDF (all).
Scope and Content:
Artists included in the presentation are: Carlos Benjamín Álvarez Espinosa ; Oliver Delroy “Bruzolli” Bruce ; Víctor Oswald Bruce ; Luis Camargo ; Ancelmo “Chemo” Chávez Castro ; María Raquel Cochéz ; César Córdoba ; Errol Dunn ; Jorge/George Dunn ; Rafael “Rafy” Erazo ; Luis “El Lobo” Evans ; Justino “Tino” Fernández, Jr. ; Gil Vicente Flórez ; David C. García B. ; Franklin “Franco the Great” Gaskin ; Rolando Ricardo González Baruco ; Víctor Manuel “Chicho” Hernández ; Eulogio Herrera Fuller ; Ramón Enrique “Monchi” Hormi ; Jesús Javier Jaime ; Héctor “Totín” Judiño ; Rubén “Chinoman” Lince ; Eneautry López ; Óscar Melgar ; Eduardo “Malanga” Meneses Núñez ; Cristóbal Adolfo “Piri” Merszthal Villaverde ; Adrian Montano ; Rafael “Rafa” Pérez ; José Manuel Quintero ; Osvaldo “Mozambique” Quintero ; Víctor “Cholín” Reyes ; David Ernesto Rodríguez ; Víctor Hugo “Pirri” Rodríguez Maldonado ; Carlos Rojas; José Ángel “Chico” Ruiloba Crespo ; Andrés Salazar ; Teodoro de Jesús “Yoyo” Villarué
Biographical:
Peter Szok teaches Latin American history at Texas Christian University. He received a PhD from Tulane University and has specialized in art, intellectual history, and popular culture. He is the author of Wolf Tracks: Popular Art and Re-Africanization in Twentieth-Century Panama (2012) and ‘La última gaviota’: Liberalism and Nostalgia in Early Twentieth-Century Panama (2001). His current projects include on a book on indigenous intelligentsia in contemporary Panama and a manuscript on Murphy Antoine and New Orleans folk art.

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University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
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All rights reserved by the author/creator; permissions granted for online access, preservation, and Fair Use.
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Note Blackness and Popular Art in Twentieth Century Panama by Peter Szok (March 20, 2014) PDF of presentation slides by Peter Szok Files include two presentation PPTX files: Szok two includes slides for spoken presentation; Szok one includes slides as video with music for the presentation introduction. For ease of use online, slides also presented as PDF (all ). Permanent URL: http ://dloc.com/AA00020388/00001

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"scar Melgar 2005

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Rolando Gonzlez Baruco 2001

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Rolando Gonzlez Baruco 2011

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Barbera Nuevo Pacto Rafa

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Andrs Salazar 2001

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Carlos lvarez Espinosa 2005

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Barbera Cash Money, 2008

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Avenida Central 2008

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2008

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2004

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David Ernesto Rodrguez 2001

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David Ernesto Rodrguez 2001

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Bionics, One More Time 2005

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"scar Melgar and Csar Crdoba 2008

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Andrs Salazar 2001

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David C. Garca B. 2004

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2006

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Rolando Gonzlez Baruco 2008

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2011

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Carlos lvarez Espinosa 2008

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2008

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Eulogio Herrera Fuller 2001

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Andrs Salazar 2008

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2001

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2008

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2006

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La Refre Restaurant 2007

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2002

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Kuna Dule Eneautry Lpez (2011)

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2001

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Jorge Dunn 2004

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Jorge Dunn, 2004

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"scar Melgar 2008

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Carlos lvarez Espinosa 2008

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Csar Crdoba 2008

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Kuna Dule Eneautry Lpez (2011)

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2002

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Carlos Rojas and Adrian Montano Gimnasio Alczar (2011 )

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Carlos lvarez Espinosa 2008

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Still the King 2002

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Franklin Gaskin 125 th Street, Harlem (2011)

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Luis Camargo 2005

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Billar Lolo, Avenida Central 2011

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"scar Melgar y Cristbal Merszthal Villaverde (Piri) 2007

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Carlos lvarez Espinosa 2008

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2008

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Jos Manuel Quintero 2008

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Hotel Ideal

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Hotel Ideal

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"scar Melgar and Mara Raquel Cochz Galeria Diablo Rosso (2011)

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2011

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Barbera Papa Chan Rafael Rafa Prez (2011)

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2001

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"scar Melgar 2008

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Rafa 2011

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"scar Melgar 2008

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Barbera Jah Love David C. Garca B ( 2012)

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2001

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"scar Melgar 2006

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Carlos Rojas and Adrian Montano

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2006

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Vctor Bruce 2006

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Mistertilo Andrs Salazar and Csar Crdoba (2011)

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Jess Javier Jaime 2008

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Fish Market, 2008

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Barbera La Yeyesada Rafa

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Jess Javier Jaime 2008

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Rolando Gonzlez Baruco 2011

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Popular and Afro Latin American Art Hybridity and appropriation of iconic elements Rhythm and multi sensorial quality Collective spirit and spectacle Da de los Reyes Havana, 1850

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RE AFRICANIZATION Andrs Salazar 2004

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MESTIZAJE ( CRISOL DE LAS RAZAS), 1903 41 Colony and Interior without blackness Afro Coloniales and Afro Antillanos Monument to Balboa 1924

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Mi Pueblito Interiorano 1994

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MODERNIZATION AND DETERIORATION OF ETHNIC/NATIONAL PARADIGM, 1941 present Corozal Cemetery (2008)

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WORLD WAR II AND AFRO CUBAN MUSIC

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Luis Camargo Cantina Ashton, Calle J (2005)

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LUIS EVANS (EL LOBO) 1942

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POST WAR DEMOGRAPHIC GROWTH, COMMERCIALIZATION, AND NEW VENUES Hctor Judio (Totn), 2008

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POPULIST REFORMS, EARLY 1970s Eduardo Meneses Nez (Malanga) 1978

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URBAN RENOVATION AND THE REMOVAL OF THE DIABLO ROJOS, 1993 Cinta Costera completed i n 2009

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PERSISTENCE OF POPULAR ART Rubn Lince (Chinoman) Bocas del Toro, 2012

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MSICA Reggae en espaol, the soundtrack of Afro Panam Japanese

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SPORTS FTBOL Comparsa Sporting San Miguelito, 2008

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CIVIC RE AFRICANIZATION Da de la Etnia Negra Errol Dunn, 2007


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