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INSIDE ART - Histórias/Histories

Caio Reisewitz, Goiânia Golf Club II, 2004. c-print mounted on Diasec. 70-7/8 x 57-7/8 in. Edition: 1/5. Courtesy of the artist and Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil

The Spring 2016 edition of InsideART focuses on the USFCAM exhibition Histórias/Histories: Contemporary Art from Brazil.

Histórias will showcase works by Jonathas de Andrade, Sonia Gomes, Virginia de Medeiros, Caio Reisewitz, and Luiz Zerbini, whose approaches address the varied histories of Brazil, some collective, some individual, but all rooted in reflections on the country’s complicated past and present, and vast geographical, racial, and cultural wealth and diversity. Curated by USFCAM Curator Noel Smith, with Dr. Agnaldo Farias, University of São Paulo; organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum. Exhibition sponsored in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Board of Hillsborough County Commissioners, the USF Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, USF World, and The Gobioff Foundation.

Common Core State Standards – In addition to Visual Arts and Social Studies curriculum standards, lessons in the InsideArt curriculum cover Common Core standards related to:

  • Reading: Informational Text
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Language
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies


The links on this page allow you to download the index and lesson files of the Histórias Inside Art.

  • Click ONCE on links to open, or right click (control click) to download
  • Files can be downloaded individually or as a complete archive (.zip) at the bottom of the page.
  • Curriculum and readings are available as both Microsoft Word documents (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat documents (.pdf)
  • Presentations are Microsoft PowerPoint presentations (.ppt)


Jonathas de AndradeO Levante (The Uprising), 2012-2013video and flyersdimensions variableCourtesy of the artist and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil


Click ONCE on links to open, or right-click (control-click) to download

Histórias/Histories: Contemporary Art from Brazil Files

Lesson_Files_Index_Histórias.docx (.pdf)

Histórias_Curriculum_Overview.docx (.pdf)

1) Histórias/Histories: An Introduction to Brazil
1A.Historias_Introduction.docx (.pdf)

2) “Manipulation of Law” in Recife, Brazil: The Work of Jonathas de Andrade
2A.Historias_Jonathas_de_Andrade.docx (.pdf)

3) Progress and Preservation: The Work of Caio Reisewitz
3A.Progress_and_Preservation_(Reisewitz)_lesson.docx (.pdf)

4) Crossing Boundaries: Virginia de Medeiros
4A.Crossing_Boundaries_(Virginia_de_Medeiros)_lesson.docx (.pdf)
4C.Teacher_Background_Reading_Fábula_do_Olhar.docx (.pdf)
4D.Virginia_de_Medeiros_Artist_Biographical_Statement.docx (.pdf)

Download Complete Inside Art Spring 2016 Materials
Lessons plus index (.zip - 41 MB)

Virginia de Medeiros 
Meiriele from the series Fábula do Olhar (Fable of Looking), 2013
digital photopainting printed on cotton paper, framed text, audio installation; produced in collaboration with Mestre Júlio Santos
variable dimensions; 
paper: 47-1/4 x 35-1/2 in.; 
framed text: 15-3/4 x 19-7/8 x 2 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil


Further Resources:

Download the Histórias/Histories: Contemporary Art from Brazil exhibition booklet in pdf format

If you have questions about the lesson plans or about the Histórias/Histories: Contemporary Art from Brazil exhibition email an expert