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Pedagogy of the Streets: Porto 1977
Image: Elvira Letie, Untitled, 1977. Original Vintage C-type print. Courtesy of the artist.
NEW YORK, NY – March 5, 2019 — Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery presents the exhibition Pedagogy of the Streets: Porto 1977, showcases photographs by artist Elvira Leite that reflect various phases of her 1977 collaboration with the children of Porto’s Pena Ventosa community. During a time of energized social upheaval following Portugal’s Carnation Revolution, public space was ripe for reimaging—access to spaces that were previously restricted were now available. Elvira Leite and the Pena Ventosa community took charge of this moment by initiating spontaneous art programs throughout city streets.
The images reveal children’s attitudes towards public space and the development of experimental teaching methodologies that resonated throughout Leite’s life. Before “social practice” became a popular term in art circles, Leite was developing a form of artistic engagement that emmeshed social discourse, civic engagement and aesthetic play all together.
The free exhibition will run from Thursday, March 14 to Thursday, May 9, 2019. The opening reception takes place on Wednesday, March 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Pedagogy of the Streets: Porto 1977 is based on the exhibition Quem te ensinou?—ninguém curated by Lúcia Almeida Matos and Susana Lourenço Marques and presented at Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto in 2016. The exhibition is supported by the University of Porto, by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and by Baruch College and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.