Alba Flamenca - Saturday, March 22

Posted on Mar 12, 2014

Micaela Amateau Amato: Cante Jondo for Tikkun Olam
at the American Jewish Museum in the Kaufmann Building, Squirrel Hill, Through April 25

Opening Reception and Alba Flamenca performance
Saturday, March 22  – 7-9 pm  FREE
American Jewish Museum

Alba Flamenca performance
Saturday, March 22 – 8:15-9 pm  FREE
American Jewish Museum, Katz Theater, Robinson Building

Micaela Amateau Amato: Cante Jondo for Tikkun Olam is an exhibition that includes paintings, cast glass and ceramic sculptures and Neon text, and conveys Amato’s Sephardic Jewish heritage. Amato is influenced by the origins of Islamic, Romani and Jewish sources evident in flamenco poetry, music and dance. Cante Jondo for Tikkun Olam translates to “Deep Song to Heal the Earth and Repair the World”. Cante Jondo, deep song, references flamenco’s most emotionally intense form. Amato is especially compelled by flamenco’s roots deriving from the convergence of disparate cultures, which at various times in history, coexisted in relative harmony. As a Sephardic Jew with Spanish and Moroccan heritage, she relates to these shared roots. She connects her artwork with the soul and intensity of flamenco to the anguish she internalizes about the Spanish Jewish diaspora. She considers her work as aiding the healing of ailments deep within the subconscious that diaspora creates. Amato’s artist statement expresses the ideas that undergird her work: “These works are grounded in an acute awareness of the web of the ancient past interconnected within the present and rooted in the natural world.”

Drawing upon the shared roots between Judaism and flamenco, Carolina Loyola- Garcia and the Alba Flamenca ensemble will present a flamenco performance during the opening reception. The Alba Flamenca ensemble will bring the deep song (cante jondo) and mournful emotion of Micaela Amato’s artwork to life through song and dance. Alba Flamenca is a Pittsburgh-based ensemble that performs in venues throughout the city.