Cape Verdean Voices: An Exhibition in Honor of Judge George N. Leighton

Exhibition Dates: June 28, 2019 – August 30, 2019
San Francisco Room

The Cape Verdean experience is simultaneously a longing for “home,” recognition of the difficulties Cape Verdeans have faced throughout history, and the creative and unique ways that Cape Verdeans have adapted and persevered in Cabo Verde, New Bedford and beyond. From whaling, agriculture, and entrepreneurship to cuisine, music, and language, Cape Verdeans are part of the fabric of New Bedford. During Cape Verdean Recognition Week 2019 and throughout July and August, the New Bedford Whaling Museum proudly paid tribute to Cape Verdean culture and creativity in this exhibition.

painting by Maurice CostaShowcasing many forms of media from our local community, including painting, photography, sculpture, poetry, music and others, this exhibition reflected local Cape Verdean voices and covered themes such as immigration, island culture(s), family, Cape Verdean and Cape Verdean American identity, Cape Verdean folklore, and Cape Verdean history.

This exhibition was in honor of Judge George N. Leighton, the son of Cape Verdean immigrants to the area. Judge Leighton was a prominent Civil Rights activist and the first Cape Verdean American Federal Judge. He passed away in 2018 at the age of 105. He is a magnificent example of the achievements of children of immigrants, a brilliant example of the story of Cape Verdeans in the United States, and a model of hard work and American success.

The opening reception was held July 3, 2019.

Caption: Maurice Costa, Woman Digging at place of discovery of Cape Verde, oil on canvas, ca. 2012



Exhibiting Artists:

Sandra Santos – Textile
Carl Lopes – Wood, acrylics
Miggie Wong – mixed media
Adalgisa Andrade – acrylics
Maurice Costa – pastels
June Cruz – textiles
Wanda Medina – mixed media
Ann Marie Lopes – documentary film
Susan Costa – acrylics
Rayana Grace – poetry
Christian Gonçalves – sculpture
Iva Brito – poetry, mixed media
Elisa Cabral – mixed media
Frank Pina – photographs
Glanzer Ramos – music lyrics
Anita Riley Robinson – sculpture, watercolor
Ronald Barboza – photographs
a’Ali DeSousa – mixed media digital art



Call for Artists (Now Closed): Artists were invited to submit proposals that interpret and speak to the Cape Verdean experience in Cabo Verde or the United States for this Whaling Museum exhibition. We encouraged artists working in any medium to participate.