Exhibition celebrates the Cape Verdean experience

Cape Verdean Voices – Opening Reception July 3, 2019

NEW BEDFORD, Mass – An exhibition opening at the New Bedford Whaling Museum during Cape Verdean Recognition Week will feature more than two dozen works of art that speak to the Cape Verdean experience in the United States and Cabo Verde. Eighteen artists are represented in Cape Verdean Voices: Cape Verdean and Cape Verdean American Art, which opens on June 28, 2019 and runs through July 29, 2019. The exhibition honors Judge George N. Leighton (1912 - 2018), who was the son of Cape Verdean immigrants to Massachusetts, a prominent Civil Rights activist, and the first Cape Verdean American Federal Judge. The Whaling Museum will host a reception for the exhibition on July 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Additional information can be found at www.whalingmuseum.org or by calling 508-997-0046.

This exhibition is a result of a call for artists and will include artworks in a wide variety of mediums by artists living in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California. The artists range in age across several generations. Some are well-established. Others are lesser known talents whose interpretations of the Cape Verdean experience bring new perspectives to themes such as the Cape Verdean diaspora, longing/sodade, industry, and creativity. Several of the artworks feature portrayals of Judge Leighton, who died at the age of 105 and is still an inspiration to Cape Verdeans in the United States and beyond.

Whaling Museum Curator of Social History Dr. Akeia Benard said, “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.”

“The Whaling Museum is proud to pay tribute to Cape Verdean culture and creativity through Cape Verdean Voices. From whaling, agriculture, and entrepreneurship, to cuisine, music, and language, Cape Verdeans are part of the fabric of our community,” she added.


Cape Verdean Voices 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


Media and Images Contact:
Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


For high-resolution images contact Tina Malott. (Image thumbnails below)


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.


Caption Below: Susan Costa, Fetching Water, São Vicente, acrylic on canvas.

Susan Costa Fetching Water


Caption Below: Wanda Medina, Fogo’s Fire, latex and acrylic paints, pastels and paper on burlap.

Wanda Medina Fogos Fire


Caption Below: a’Ali DeSousa, Ever Forward, Digital mixed media.

aAli DeSousa Ever Forward