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As part of the citywide In Focus/Enfoque: Contemporary Photography in Mexico exhibition, we wanted to make sure our members were aware that The New Gallery of Modern Art will be presenting Phyllis Galembo: Mexico this fall. Programming for this exhibition includes a reception with the artist on Friday, November 17. That will be followed by an artist talk in partnership with The Light Factory on Saturday, November 18, from 2 to 3 pm entitled Mexico, Ritual & Masquerade. Galembo will discuss her years of seeking out and photographing the customs of ritual and masquerade in Africa and the Americas.

Using a direct, unaffected portrait style, Phyllis Galembo captures her subjects informally posed and strikingly attired in ritualistic dress. Her work illuminates the transformative power of costume and ritual—a complex, mysterious, and profound tradition in which the participants transcend the physical world and enter the spiritual realm. Galembo has enjoyed a thirty-year career in photography (making over twenty trips to sites of ritual masquerade in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas), exhibiting, and teaching internationally. She was born in New York and lives in New York City. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1977 and has been a professor in the Fine Arts Department of SUNY Albany since 1978.

Reception with the Artist

New Gallery of Modern Art
435 S Tryon Street #110
Friday, November 17, 2017, 5 to 7pm (parking validated in the Green Parking Garage)

In Partnership with The Light Factory, Artist’s Lecture:
Mexico, Ritual & Masquerade

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2 to 3pm
1817 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205
RSVP by November 15 to [email protected]