Two short running exhibits simultaneously on view in New York City examine the controversial life and legacy of Pietro Savorgnan de Brazza (1852-1905) -- adventurer and explorer, or imperialist and exploiter? As Edward Rothstein points out in a New York Times article (Casting a Sliver of Light on the Heart of Darkness), the show is "more a homage than an appraisal" -- and why not? Brazza's niece was grandmother to one of the exhibitions' organizers.
Photo credit: James Estrin/The New York Times
“Brazza in Congo: A Life and Legacy” runs through April 17 at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York University, 24 West 12th Street, Greenwich Village; (212) 998-8739.
“Brazza: A Symbol for Humanity” opens on Tuesday and runs through April 19 at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan; (212) 475-3424.
A book "Brazza in Congo", edited by Idanna Pucci, co-curator of the exhibitions, has also recently been published. (Brooklyn: Umbrage Editions, 2009, ISBN 978-1-884167-94-2, no price indicated)