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With this hand I strum the harp of your soul

Ruth Behar and Richard Blanco remember Rolando Estévez and his handmade books
Friday, December 1, 2023
12:00-3:00 PM
100H, Gallery Hatcher Graduate Library Map
Friday, December 1
12 - 3PM
Hatcher Graduate Library
100H, Gallery
Conversation: 12 - 1PM
Reception and exhibit: 1 - 3PM

The late Cuban book artist Rolando Estévez would have turned 70 years old on December 1, 2023. Estévez traveled to Ann Arbor several times during his life to meet with and teach students, deliver lectures, and collaborate on artistic and intellectual projects with his close friend, Distinguished Anthropology Professor and author, Ruth Behar.

Thanks to Behar’s dedicated efforts to build a bridge between Estévez and the University of Michigan, our Special Collections serves as the home for many of Estévez’s artists’ books, including several one-of-a-kind works of art. To celebrate the work of Estévez and the memory of his presence at Michigan, Behar dreamed up the idea of a poetic and artistic tribute to which all are welcome.

Behar has invited author Richard Blanco, who recited his poem, “One Today,” at President Barack Obama’s 2012 inauguration, to the university to join her in conversation about Estévez’s poetry and handmade books. Jamie Lausch Vander Broek, Librarian for Art & Design, will moderate.

A reception featuring Cuban pastelitos de guayaba and live music will follow with examples from Estévez’s prolific and boundary-breaking career on display.

This event is part of the ARTS & RESISTANCE Fall 2023 LSA Theme Semester. Learn more:
Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and U-M Library.
Co-sponsors include: Center for World Performance Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of American Culture, and Latina/o Studies
Building: Hatcher Graduate Library
Event Type: Exhibition
Tags: american culture, Anthropology, Art, Latin America, Theme Semester, UMMA, Visual Arts
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Anthropology, University Library, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for World Performance Studies, Department of American Culture