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Hey everyone – OYE LA NOTICIA! Join us for the Opening Reception of the new exhibition at @aampmuseum, "Drapetomania: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba". This reception is free and open to the public with a RSVP and will include music, wine and light fare for guests. Yours truly (DJ Rahsaan) will be spinning a very Cuba-inspired DJ set, and we'll have some special musical guests in the house too.  It's all going down on Wednesday 6:30PM, February 3rd, 2016.
ATTENTION: YOU NEED TO RSVP TO ATTEND – go to Stay tuned for more information on the full suite of exhibition programs in partnership with the African American Museum of Philadelphia. (701 Arch St., Center City Philadelphia)

More on the exhibition

Drapetomanía is a tribute to Grupo Antillano (1978-­1983), a forgotten visual arts and cultural movement that privileged the importance of African and Afro-Caribbean influences in the formation of the Cuban nation. Grupo Antillano valiantly proclaimed the centrality of African practices in national culture. The title of the exhibit, Drapetomania, makes reference to an alleged disease described in the mid-nineteenth century by a slave physician in the plantations of Louisiana.
From the Greek drapetes (escape, run away) and mania (disorder, mental illness), the main symptom of this disease was the slaves' irrepressible and pathological urge to flee and to be free. Curated by historian Alejandro de la Fuente from Harvard University, the exhibit showcases works by the artists of Grupo and of a group of contemporary artists who share some of the concerns that Grupo Antillano articulated thirty years ago. #Philly #PHL