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The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
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Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Recent Paintings
Cuban Flowers
Jar of Flowers
Brazil Never More Brazil
Tiradentes, the Animoso Lieutenent
Caraíva Bahia Reflected
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Exhibitions
Curriculum
Life, Literature and the Like
Literature (Portuguese)
The Painter
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Recent Paintings
Cuban Flowers
Jar of Flowers
Brazil Never More Brazil
Tiradentes, the Animoso Lieutenent
Caraíva Bahia Reflected
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Art School in Brazil and abroad
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Recent Paintings
Cuban Flowers
Jar of Flowers
Brazil Never More Brazil
Tiradentes, the Animoso Lieutenent
Caraíva Bahia Reflected
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Exhibitions
Curriculum
Life, Literature and the Like
Literature (Portuguese)
The Painter
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Recent Paintings
Cuban Flowers
Jar of Flowers
Brazil Never More Brazil
Tiradentes, the Animoso Lieutenent
Caraíva Bahia Reflected
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers

Oscar Araripe / Gratidão à Harvard

Gratidão

Devo muito à Universidade de Harvard.

Em 1964, recém ingresso na Faculdade Nacional de Direito, fui eleito para a diretoria do Centro Acadêmico Cândido de Oliveira, o famoso CACO, o mais aguerrido diretório estudantil contra a Ditadura Militar. Meses depois, fui cassado e suspenso das aulas. Sem poder entrar na faculdade, pois corria o risco de ser seqüestrado e desaparecer, recebi um convite da Interamerican University Foundation para participar de uma seleção que iria contemplar líderes estudantis com uma bolsa de estudos em Harvard.

Lá, participei de um concurso de “papers” sobre a cultura americana e ganhei uma viagem a Paris.

Em 1968, em Brasília, fui novamente punido pela Ditadura, desta vez como homem do teatro. A peça, Um Bonde Chamado Desejo, do dramaturgo americano Tennessee Williams, que estava sendo representada no Teatro Nacional de Brasília, foi censurada e proibida, e eu e a atriz Maria Fernanda suspensos de nossos trabalhos por trinta dias. Tal foi a violência da repressão que a classe teatral, diante de nossa punição, fez uma grave. Creio que esta foi a primeira e única greve do teatro em toda a sua história universal. Pois bem, novamente fui convidado pelos americanos a participar de uma entrevista e ganhei nova bolsa para Harvard.

Em ambas as oportunidades, sair do país, naqueles tempos de chumbo e kriptonita (sim, éramos todos jovens super-heróis lutando pela Democracia) talvez tenha me salvado a vida. Mas, não só a física. Vocês podem imaginar o que era Harvard nos anos 60. Harvard e Paris, diga-se. Mas, Harvard tinha um “algo” mui especial. Paris fora tomada pelas barricadas, mas Harvard estava dando aulas no campus. Era o tempo da luta contra a guerra do Vietnam, pelos direitos humanos, pelo feminismo, pela liberação do corpo, tempo de contestação do sistema econômico e político, dos costumes, da experimentação das drogas, de novas artes, e por aí vai. Tudo acontecendo muito mais nos gramados e em Harvard Square do que nas salas de aula.

Harvard é uma universidade linda. Mas ouso dizer que o Fogg Museum era sua maior beleza. Ia lá quase que diariamente. E ali vi, ao vivo e pela primeira vez, aos vinte e poucos anos, os grandes mestres da pintura universal e isto me fez pintor para sempre. Harvard também me mandou pra Paris, fui ao Louvre e dali jamais sai.

Recentemente, me visitou em meu estúdio em Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, o Peter Rodenbeck, uma pessoa muito sensível, “lenda viva” do empresariado brasileiro. Ficamos amigos, de pronto. Conversa vai, conversa vem, ele me revelou que tinha estudado em Harvard. E logo pensamos em expor minha pintura e fazermos uma palestra sobre a rica Harvard que conhecemos. E começamos a trabalhar. Além de Harvard ele também era um apaixonado, como eu, pelo Fogg Museum, onde no começo dos 60 projetava slides para ganhar algum “pocket money”. Como se vê, tanto ele como eu aprendemos muito bem nossas lições, no Fogg.

Em 1968 hospedei-me na Leverett House. Guardo poucas lembranças: ...um chuveiro muito bom e uma máquina automática de Coca-Cola no basement, uma grande novidade à época. E a linda, inesquecível mansa beleza do Charles.

Estranha vida esta que nos carrega em loops inimagináveis... e aqui estou eu, 50 anos depois, voltando a Harvard e expondo minhas flores que não são flores na Leverett House. E semeando lembranças como flores no Old Yard.

Meus agradecimentos à Isabela Guimarães, nossa curadora, sempre jovial, inteligente e generosa, e aos deans da Leverett House, Brian D. Farrell e Irina Ferreras, por seus inestimáveis apoios. Ao amigo Peter Rodenbeck, alma mater do projeto Flores para Harvard; ao jovem Pedro Faria, presidente da vibrante Brazil Conference, que reúne alunos brasileiros de Harvard e do MIT; ao casal de filantropos Atsuko e Larry Fish e ao Consulado do Brasil em Boston, na pessoa de seu Vice-Cônsul Maria Helena Macedo.

E como sempre, meu pensamento mais íntimo à Cidinha Araripe, minha adorada musa e amiga.

A todos minha eterna gratidão. Flores para Harvard.

Oscar Araripe

Janeiro de 2019

 

Gratitude

I owe a great deal to the University of Harvard. Maybe even my life itself.

In 1964, having just been approved to enter the National Law Faculty in Rio, I was elected to the directorate of the Cândido de Oliveira Academic Center (the equivalent of a student union, which has stood up for civil rights throughout the last hundred years).  Some months later, I was deprived of my rights by the Military Dictatorship and forbidden to attend classes. Unable to go to the university, because I would run the risk of being illegally arrested and would disappear, I received an invitation to take part in a selection process of the Interamerican University Foundation, which was considering student leaders for a scholarship to Harvard.

There, I took part in a competition involving papers written about American culture, focused on the dramaturgy of Tennessee Williams, and I won a trip to Paris.

In 1968, in Brasília, I was again punished by the Dictatorship, this time for my work in the theater. The play was Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which was being put on at the National Theater of Brasília; it was censored and taken out of circulation, and the actress Maria Fernanda and I were both prohibited from working for thirty days.The repression was so strong that, seeing our punishment, those who worked in theater went on strike. I think it was the first and only strike in the entire history of theater. Well, I was again invited by the Americans to take part in an interview and I received a new scholarship to Harvard.

On both occasions, leaving the country, in those times of lead and kryptonite (yes, we were all young super-heroes fighting for Democracy), may have saved my life. But not just in the physical sense. You can imagine what Harvard was like in the 1960s. Harvard and Paris, you might say. But Harvard had a certain very special something. Paris was taken over by the barricades, but Harvard was giving class right there on campus. It was the time of hippies, Woodstock, the fight against the Vietnam War, for human rights, feminism, the pill, the struggle against racism, for the liberation of drugs and of the body, challenging the economic and political system, the established customs, and so on. Everything was happening much more on the lawns and in Harvard Square than in the classrooms. In Brazil, there was the March of the Hundred Thousand against the Dictatorship and the brutal law AI-5, which among other things led to the institutionalization of tortures.

Well, Harvard is a beautiful university. But I would say that the Fogg Museum is its greatest beauty. I used to go there almost every day. And there I saw, in the flesh and for the first time, aged twenty-something, the great masters of world painting, and this helped me to make myself into a painter forever. Harvard also sent me to Paris, where I went to the Louvre and never came out again.

Not long ago I had a visit at my studio from Peter Rodenbeck, a “living legend” among the Brazilian business community. We became friends and he started to collect my work. We talked about this and about that, and he told me that he had studied at Harvard. Of course we immediately started to think about an exhibition and talk at Harvard. And so we set to work.

Our strange life takes us in unimaginable loops….. and here I am, 50 years later, returning to Harvard and exhibiting my flowers (which are not flowers) in Art Studio of Leverett House, and showing my video “The Poet’s Government or The 22 faces of Happiness”.

I would like to thank Isabela Guimarães, our curator, always cheerful, intelligent and committed, and to the deans of Leverett House, Brian D. Farrel and Irina Ferreras, for the inestimable support. I thank my friends Peter Rodenbeck, alma mater of our Harvard exhibition project; the young Pedro Faria, president of the vibrant Brazil Conference, which gathers together Brazilian students from Harvard and from MIT; to the philanthropists Atsuko and Larry Fish and the Brazilian Consulate in Boston, represented by its Vice-Consul Maria Helena Macedo.

And as always, my closest thought to Cidinha Araripe, my beloved muse and friend.

To all my eternal gratitude. Flowers for Harvard.

 

Oscar Araripe

January 2019

 

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The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Recent Paintings
Cuban Flowers
Jar of Flowers
Brazil Never More Brazil
Tiradentes, the Animoso Lieutenent
Caraíva Bahia Reflected
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Exhibitions
Curriculum
Life, Literature and the Like
Literature (Portuguese)
The Painter
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Recent Paintings
Cuban Flowers
Jar of Flowers
Brazil Never More Brazil
Tiradentes, the Animoso Lieutenent
Caraíva Bahia Reflected
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Art School in Brazil and abroad
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Recent Paintings
Cuban Flowers
Jar of Flowers
Brazil Never More Brazil
Tiradentes, the Animoso Lieutenent
Caraíva Bahia Reflected
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Exhibitions
Curriculum
Life, Literature and the Like
Literature (Portuguese)
The Painter
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers
Recent Paintings
Cuban Flowers
Jar of Flowers
Brazil Never More Brazil
Tiradentes, the Animoso Lieutenent
Caraíva Bahia Reflected
The Dance of the Flag Ant Eater
California / San Simeon
Porto Seguro Seascapes
Tiradentes' Horse
Trancoso, Seahouses and Landscapes
Oscar Araripe's Tarot.
Ceará / Seascapes, Araripe, Bárbara e Iracema.
Casitas Cubanas
Porto Seguro / Pen and ink
Caribbean Repetrogliphos
Tiradentes / Pen and ink
An American Springtime
Tiradentes Reviewed
Recent Flowers