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Upcoming AmSoc events Oct 8th - Softball Pick-up Games Oct 27th - Halloween Happy Hour Oct 29th - Halloween Party Nov 5th - Angel Party

Monthly Newsletter October 2011 www.AmSoc.com.br

The New Yearbook


The last week of October means the arrival of the 2011 American Society of So Paulo Yearbook, 175-pages thick with member contacts and expat advice, allowing members to connect with each other and pulling in much of the annual revenue for AmSoc. Filled with useful information such as emergency and public agency telephone numbers, recommended schools, social and volunteer groups, places of worship, and more, the yearbook accounts for nearly 25 percent of the organizations annual income through the sale of business advertisements. Each business listed in the yearbook has paid for their (continued on page 12)

The Art Issue


Keep it small
Page 4: We all know about the large museums in So Paulo. But where can you see emerging artists?

Yearbook cover by Lara Matana

Street art
Page 7: Some call it grafitti, some call it street art. Make up your own mind and see some of the best So Paulo has to offer.

Its not the Great Pumpkin, but its sure to be a Great Party!!
A very Haunted Marine House, Pumpkin Putt Putt, Feed the Monster Beanbag Toss, a laboratory of yucky monster body parts to touch in the dark.not to mention Nerds, Tootsie Rolls, and Candy Corn.. Its Halloween!! Rain or shine, bring your children (up to 12 years old) to our Annual Halloween Party which will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 4-7pm at the U.S Marine House. Ticket prices are as follows: If paid by October 21st to the Amsoc office: 45 R$ per member child / 90 R$ per non-member. If paid at the door on the day of the party: 60 R$ per member child / 100R$ per non-member. Adults free Includes marine Haunted House (formerly paid separately). New members can sign up at the party to benefit from the reduced rates for AmSoc members. We will have Halloween-themed games with prizes, Haunted houses for all ages, and Trick or Treating with real American candy . Snacks will be served for the kids and there will be a cash bar for moms & dads. This event is a one-of-a-kind event in So Paulo, where Trick or Treating is not part of the Brazilian culture. Working on the party committee is a great way to meet new people if you are new to So Paulo. If youd like to help with the pre-party planning or decorate on the morning of the party, please email ruthhollard@hotmail.com. To get your name on the guest list (for security reasons) please contact AmSoc today: 5182-2074 or AmSoc1@ AmSoc.com.br Dont wait until the last minute!!

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Our Mission
The American Society of So Paulo promotes friendship by organizing social, cultural and athletic events for its diverse membership; encourages integration with the Brazilian society; and supports the American traditions of education, philanthropy and volunteerism.

The Presidents Corner


Over the past few months we have reviewed our events and activities that we provide for our membership. To give you By Joe Sherman, AmSoc president an idea of what AmSoc does every year I have grouped the activities in categories. Adult sports; tennis, golf, softball, abacaxi bowl, and basketball. Children activities; Easter hunt, Halloween party, and little league. Traditional American events; 4th of July and Thanksgiving. Communication/publications; Forum, yearbook directory, and the website. Social; the annual general meeting (AGM), happy hours, St. Patricks night, patron cocktail, Christmas eggnog party, and usually a mega event such as Vida Jovem. Charitable; community action committee activities, volunteer days, and the Angel Party. As you can see it is a long list and requires plenty of planning and execution time. At the suggestion of Board member Jennifer Iverson we decided to rate these events/activities to get a sense of where we should focus our efforts. The criteria used was the 1) financial impact/benefit, 2) time commitment, 3) alignment with mission, 4) attracts committee and Board members, 5) attracts sponsors, 6) attracts new members, and 7) strengthens ties with partners. We used a point system and the following events had the highest scores: little league, 4th of July, the yearbook, Forum, website, a mega event, and our community action committee activities. So based on these results we should continue to improve our communication tools, focus on little league, organize a mega event which helps us financially, and continue the excellent work of the community action committee. We will be continuing to provide all the activities and this exercise simply helps us focus our efforts. One of the changes will be our Thanksgiving celebration format as we have noticed a decline in interest in the last few years. We will have information on a new format shortly. Another change will be to present the Eric Poliak award at the next AGM in May, which we think is a more appropriate venue. If you have feedback on our events or other ideas please let me know, jsherman@amcham.com.br Our newest Board member is Phillip Mangels, welcome Phillip! Abrao, Joe

Board bio
Jennifer Showers, Vice President Im from upstate New York where I grew up with the most beautiful autumn in the US, freshly picked golden delicious apples, the Culinary Institute of America, cattle and horses, and my rambunctious German/Irish family. I spent most of my 20s in England and France. I went to law school in London and returned to the States and worked in two fantastic cities - New York and San Francisco. I became involved with AmSoc within one month of moving to So Paulo in May 2010. I had so much energy and no outlet! I didnt know that the hardest part of leaving San Francisco for So Paulo would be the transition from working full-time to not working. The AmSoc organization is like a super-club of activities for its members - there is an activity or event for everyone and getting involved helps you adjust to life in So Paulo. I admit that I would be delighted if my story makes you think about becoming more involved. We presently have open board positions and open committee positions related to the following crucial areas: Corporate Sponsorship, Community Action; Membership and Marketing; Social, Cultural, & Athletic Events to name a few! The AmSoc board meets monthly and we have multiple committees that meet as needed to coordinate our many efforts; we support each other and have built friendships alongside our professional relationships. I suggest attending a committee meeting and/or one of its events to determine if you might be interested in becoming more involved. Contact the AmSoc office with any requests for information and well get you set-up to work! Im looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. All the best! Abrao, Jennifer Showers, Vice President

About Forum

Forum is published monthly, with the exception of January and July, by

Lynn Cordeiro, editor and layout Ernest White II, staff writer Forum is printed by EGB. (http://www.egb.com.br) Views expressed in Forum do not necessarily reflect those of the American Society board of governors, members, or staff. Forum reserves the right to edit content for brevity and/or clarity.

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Welcome to our New Members


Welcome the following New Members who joined us in September 2011. We are very grateful for your support! NAME MEMBERSHIP TYPE Family Family Family Family Family Family Single Family Family Family Family Family Family Patron Family Patron Family Patron Family Patron Family Family Family Family Family Helping Hands Family Family Family Family Single Patron Family Family Family Family Single Patron Family CITIZENSHIP American American American American American American American American American American American American Brazilian Brazilian American American Brazilian American American American American American American American American American Australian American American American American American COMPANY OR PROFESSION Delphi Ernst & Young Banco GMAC La Fee Confeces Imveis no Panamby MWM INTERNAT. Motores Visteon Davis Polk Rubbermaid NCR Brasil Ltda. Credit Agricole Astva Motors New Oldany Ind. Met. Ltda General Electric Intel U.S. Consulate Projeto Zula LLC General Motors General Motors Escola Cidade Jardim General Motors Luis Dreyfus Commodities Delphi Automotive Ford Motor Co John & Ann ARENDS Jeffrey & Gale BANTA David & Sandy BRINKMAN San & Monica Hwunah CHO Mark & Nicole ENGSTROM Melissa & Gonzalo ESCAJADILLO Jessica ESPADAS Michael & Daiva FERGESTAD John & Darlene GERMAINE Andrew & Eryka GLOVER David & Rora GOLDBLATT John GREGG Michael & Nanette GUARDA Jack Sun Chu & Keicy Chen HUANG Mac & Eileen Yu HUANG Tod & April HUBBARD Robert WHITE & Patricia KAVANAGH Guilherme LARANGEIRA & Claire SIEGEL Steven Andrew & Miriam LONG Troy & Carla MAXEY Catherine MCLEAD John & Silvana MOONEY Niall & Susan OKELLY Gerald Lee HOFFMAN & Donna ROBERTS Daniel & Donica SAPIANO Joel & Imelda SCOTT Joanne SHEN Vaughn & Tina SMITH Benjamin STEIN & Alissa MEARS Serge & Stacie STEPANOV Kimball & Wendy THOMAS Sandra THOMPKINS Joseph A. VERGA & Marybeth LYNCH

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Want art? Go west!


By Ernest White II, staff writer to graffiti. Upscale Jardins naturally plays host to a variety of art spaces, as the neighborhoods that comprise the district Jardim Paulista, Jardim Amrica, and Jardim Europa comprise one of the highest concentrations of art collectors in Latin America. Opened last year in Jardins, the immense Galeria Luisa Strina has hosted a series of exhibitions by Latin Americas leading conceptual artists, including Brazilian Cildo Meireles and Argentinean Jorge Macchi. Local art maven Mnica Filgueiras, whose gallery is located nearby, mixes street art with traditional sculptures and paintings amongst her displays. And at the bottom of the steep incline descending from Avenida Paulista to Jardim Amrica, Zipper Galeria rests under the aegis of a galerista trifecta. With a young, irreverent eye towards pop art and classical works, owners Melina Valente, Danilo Beltran, and Fabio Cimino program edgy exhibitions that incorporate photography, fashion, and interactive installations. Over in labyrinthine Vila Madalena, almost overhyped as the citys bohemian quarter as it increasingly goes mainstream, the creative font of the neighborhood still runs deep. Bustling commercial streets in the area, like Rua Fradique Coutinho, host finds like colorfully-political Galeria Millan, with photography exhibitions featuring contraband seized by the federal police, and Galeria Fortes Vilaa, which has had art world superstars like Vik Muniz and Os Gmeos grace its walls with boundary-pushing works: in July, an exhibition melding erotic films and artwork piqued critical interest. Galeria mpar on Rua Mourato Coelho and Galeria Eduardo Fernandes on Rua Harmonia offer intimate spaces in which to catch up-and-comers, such as Claudia Melli and her Tudo da vida um pais estrangeiro (Everything In Life is a Foreign Country), which unites drawing, painting, and photography in an impactful monochromatic palate. Evn graffiti has a more permanent home in Vila Madalena, thanks to gregarious Rui Amarals brand-spanking-new Spray Galeria on Rua Delfina, and must-see urban art powerhouse Choque Cultural on Rua Joo Moura. The relatively modern art of printing gets showcased at Gravura Brasileira, which is a good place to start the hunt for art in Pinheiros. One of the older venues in town, having opened in 1998, Gravura has held over a hundred exhibitions involving posters, maps, billboards, commercial signage, and blueprints. Currently, visitors can see a collection of wood-cut prints made on deep green-colored paper called The Book of Jade. Cultural hub Galeria Virglio, replete with a caf and a program of activities for the erudite of all stripes, displays international and Brazilian artists, while just-opened Central Galeria de Arte Contempornea provides a space for young artists to gain exposure. For a less rarefied experience, theres the gallery at SESC Pinheiros, part of a public, multi-purpose chain of community centres, which alternates between paintings, photography, and multimedia installations. Heading to the nearby Zona Sul neighborhoods of Itaim Bibi and Vila Olmpia? Galeria Oscar Cruz is run by a veteran art dealer, with a two-storey exhibition space and a rich variety of multimedia art projects on display. Casa Tringulo, meanwhile, brings stunning and varied installations, exemplified by the current exhibition, Jack Strange Words in the World, which highlights the British artists use of different media to capture the images of human faces found in nature. Suffering from an art attack? Heres where to find some of the best galleries on the west side of town: Barra Funda - Galeria Bar/Emma Thomas gallery

Galeria Luisa Strina

People know the big names in town MASP, MAM, Tomie Ohtake but what about Bar? Spray? Luisa Strina? Not only is So Paulo a veritable gallery of impressive street art and home to Latin Americas largest art event, the biannual Bienal, it also hosts an evergrowing array of small galleries and public exhibition spaces that feature works from some of the worlds most daring, cutting-edge artists. There are amazing artspaces in every corner of the city, but the west side is where its at, with galleries dotting the cityscape from Pinheiros to Jardins, and most especially in the artist enclaves of leafy Vila Madalena and up-and-coming Barra Funda. Situated in the vast warrens of Barra Fundas warehouse district, Galeria Bar anchors So Paulos art scene, occupying a gargantuan industrial space, with a smaller venue the Emma Thomas gallery (a name the owners came up with as a joke) on the inside, and a rotating exhibition schedule highlighting Brazilian and international artists: most recently, Paulistana Renata Padovan exhibited a multi-media art project with installations involving video and live grass, while Rio-based Felipe Barbosa reshaped random materials into interesting, geometric forms as a comment on consumerism. Not too far away is Art Deco gem Galeria Transversal, freshly-opened in April, with a focus on contemporary urban art, from engraving to sculpture

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Rua Barra Funda, 216; Tel. 3666-6489; www.barogaleria.com - Galeria Transversal Rua do Bosque, 206; Tel. 3392-5287 www.galeriatransversal.com.br Jardins - Galeria Luisa Strina Rua Padre Joo Manuel, 755; Tel. 3088-2471 www.galerialuisastrina.com.br - Galeria Mnica Filgueiras Rua Bela Cintra, 1533; Tel. 3081-9492 www.art-bonobo.com/galerias/monicafilgueiras. htm - Zipper Galeria Rua Estados Unidos, 1494; Tel. 4306-4306 www.zippergaleria.com.br Vila Madalena - Choque Cultural Rua Joo Moura, 997; Tel. 3061-4051 www.choquecultural.com.br - Galeria Eduardo Fernandes Rua Harmonia, 145; Tel. 3032-6380 www.galeriaeduardohfernandes.com - Galeria Fontes Vilaa Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1500; Tel. 3032-7066 www.fortesvilaca.com.br - Galeria mpar Rua Mourato Coelho, 1017; Tel. 2645-4480 www.galeriaimpar.com.br - Galeria Millan Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1360; Tel. 3031-6007 www.galeriamillan.com.br - Spray Galeria Rua Delfina, 112; Tel. 2476-3879 www.spraygaleria.com.br Pinheiros - Central Galeria de Arte Contempornea Avenida Rebouas, 1545; Tel. 2613-0575 www.centralgaleriadearte.com - Galeria Virglio Rua Virglio de Carvalho Pinto, 426 www.galeriavirgilio.com.br - Gravura Brasileira Rua Dr. Franco da Rocha, 61; Tel. 3624-0301 www.cantogravura.com.br - SESC Pinheiros Rua Paes Leme, 195; Tel. 3095-9400 www.sescsp.org.br Itaim Bibi/Vila Olmpia - Casa Tringulo Rua Paes de Arajo, 77; Tel. 3167-5621 www.casatriangulo.com.br - Galeria Oscar Cruz Rua Clodomiro Amazonas, 526; Tel. 3167-0833 www.galeriaoscarcruz.com.br

Art Year
By Ernest White II, staff writer So Paulo may be the type of citys thats got all art, all the time, but there are a few recurring events that stick out in the minds of any art connoisseur worth her weight in coffee table books. From the Bienal to the Centro Cultural So Paulo, annual or biennial events are the driving forces of the citys art scene. As the worlds second-oldest biennial art show, after Venice, the So Paulo Bienal is rightfully trumpeted as Latin Americas preeminent exhibition event for international artists and their creations. Not without much drama, the Bienal almost sank into oblivion after a series of scandals in the 2000s culminated in an empty exhibition floor in 2008. Resurrected by a huge cash infusion and being curated by Moacir dos Anjos and Agnaldo Farias, the 39th edition, held last fall, saw an estimated one million visitors pass through the Oscar Niemeyer - designed Pavilho da Bienal in lush Parque do Ibirapuera to view 850 installations. Artists from around the world, including Chinas controversial Ai Weiwei and American movie idol Steve McQueen, displayed artwork alongside homegrown heroes like Hlio Oiticica, known for his colorful environmental art, and Ernesto Neto, famous for his futuristic sculptures made of unconventional materials. If mega art exhibitions are your thing, youll have to wait another year until the sure-to-be-massive 40th edition rolls around. If mega art sales are what get your blood flowing, youve only got to wait until next May, when SPArte returns to the Pavilho da Bienal. Modeled after the huge Art Basel sales event, the seven-year-old SP-Arte brings together almost 90 galleries over four days, attracting 16,000 people in 2010 to buy hard-to-find paintings, sculptures, and photographs.

So Paulo Bienal

Prices for Latin American pieces can range anywhere from US$600 to US$250,000, while works by icons such as Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon can go for high six-figures. SP-Artes sister event, SP-Foto, just wrapped up its fifth edition last month at Shopping Iguatemi. Featuring 26 galleries just five from So Paulo this annual sales event has ridden the wave of increased interest in photography as collectible art. Notable photographers highlighted this year included local genius Tuca Vieira, whose images of downtown So Paulo capture the essence of a mega-city in flux, and Canadian master photographer Robert Polidori, who has lensed a good bit of Brazil among his tremendous international portfolio. Meanwhile, serious art appreciators can also appreciate the 2nd Mostra do Programa de Exposies 2011 at the Centro Cultural So Paulo, an event currently running until October 23rd. The exhibition features invited artists who had previously shown work at the cultural center that has been deemed exemplary. Artwork by Carolina Caliento and Daniel Scandurra sits alongside multimedia installations and other varied creations spanning every genre imaginable. Dont miss out! Recurring Art Events The Bienal www.fbsp.org.br SP-Arte www.sp-arte.com SP-Foto www.sp-arte.com/foto/ Centro Cultural So Paulo www.centrocultural.sp.gov.br

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Brazilian Naive Art


By Ruth Hollard, AmSoc board member who worked for Today, because of Brazils diversity of the railroad station regions, luxuriant landscapes and the in Paris. He had warmth and sensitivity of its people, no academic Brazilian nave art has reached a training, had predominant place in the world of art. never set foot into If you are looking for a piece of LEcole des Beaux genuine Brazilian nave art for your Arts. At the time, home, to take back home as a present art was defined or a tasteful souvenir of your stay in as paintings Brazil, the Galeria Jacques Ardies, which represented located in Vila Mariana for over 30 reality as closely years, proposes a rich selection of nave as possible, artists. Jacques Ardies, owner, will be using techniques happy to share his passion for art with acquired through you and help you find the perfect pieceyears of formal www.ardies.com. I highly recommend academic study. that if you are interested in nave art Creativity was but not ready to purchase or visit his Mara Toledo - As Lavadeiras frowned upon! gallery just now, go ahead and get on Rousseau was his mailing list to receive the colorful It can be said that nave art is a style considered a renegade. He joined and informative newsletters which that has existed for thousands of years, with other artists (Van Gogh, Gauguin, precede his exhibitions - www.ardies. beginning with the cavemen who drew Toulouse-Lautrec) who were rejected com/contato.php. Or simply drop in hunting scenes on the walls of their at the prestigious art salons, and they for a coffee and browse his gallery: caves. The nave artist seeks to share exposed their work at the Salon des M-F 10H-18H30, Sat 10H-16H, Rua a great moment of his life, perhaps Independents. Morgado de Mateus 579, Vila Mariana, something which touched him deeply, In Brazil, the nave art movement Tel. 5539-7500. English is spoken! or a happy memory. His paintings are (art naf) did not begin growing until If I were to leave Brazil today to colorful, seen from his own unique around 1940, beginning with painters return to my homeland, I can think of point of view, a glimpse into his own like Heitor dos Prazeres, Cardosinho no better way to cherish my memories creative world. Moved by impulse, and Jose Antonio da Silva. During of this beautiful, friendly, incredible he begins to paint and tries to solve the 1960s and 1970s painters such country than with a genuine work of the technical difficulties on his own, as Ivonaldo, Isabel de Jesus, Gerson, Brazilian art naf. without formal instruction, without Saboia and constraints, without orientation from many others a fine art teacher. His figures are not appeared on the perfectly drawn, there is no symmetry, scene. Brazilian the perspective is not realistic. Thus the nave art reflects word nave means just that- no notion a national of how it should be done! But not just reality, without any painter without formal academic l i m i t a t i o n s , teaching can be considered to be a nave extremely rich artist. The painter who mass-produces and varied, the tourist scenes for the Sunday arts authentic and & crafts festival is not necessarily an most of the time artist. A painter becomes a true artist optimistic and when he shows a combination of true cheerful. There creativity, talent, and uniqueness. isnt another The Nave art movement began in country and France at the end of the 19th century population in the with the work of Henri Rousseau. world that better Malu Delibo - Fazenda Nova Aurora Rousseau was a retired customs officer serves this style.

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Street Art in So Paulo


By S. Janelle Mingus Most people think that visual art is something to be enjoyed at a museum, art gallery, or at home. These are all great places, but have you ever paused to enjoy the art all around you in So Paulo on buildings, underpasses, construction barriers, and more? What comes to mind when you first hear the term street art? If you automatically think of the word graffiti, you are partially correct. These two terms overlap a spectrum of visual representation placed in public spaces. According to Wikipedia, graffiti, is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. But we shouldnt stop there when discussing street art since most people think of graffiti as gang related tags and scrawling. Street art can be thought of as encompassing artful graffiti using various media from spray paint or paint pens to other media such as LED art, mosaic tiling, , stencil art, sticker art, wheat pasting, and video projection. These artworks are either permitted or contracted by local government and private owners or done illegally without the consent of the public spaces owner (sometimes because there is none to answer to). Most people conjure up negative images when they hear the word graffiti, so the term street art is often used to give this more visually appealing form a new life. In this article I am focusing primarily on public art using paint and most of it is either permitted or contracted. So Paulo has an especially rich variety of street art. In fact, it is considered to be the epicenter of street art in South America and is highly renowned worldwide within the art community. Many artists featured around town have traveled around the world to have their work featured in galleries and in public spaces. Highly regarded twin artists, Os Gemeos (www.osgemeos.com.br), can be seen all over town and have also been featured in such cities as New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Zezo (http://www.lost.art.br/zezao. htm) is another leading street artist in examples. The most well known in the city is an area called Batmans Alley (or Beco do Batman in Portuguese). It is a relatively short stretch of narrow alleyway in Vila Madalena where artists showcase their ideas on a grand and public scale. Here, every graffiti artist featured asks permission from the person or business who owns that piece of wall and is then the owner to paint from that point forward. Start your viewing at this location on the corner of Rua Harmonia and Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque. Other locations include: Beco do Aprendiz Also in Vila Madalena and featuring over 50 artists at this location running along Rua Belmiro Braga. Miss Browne State School Every year featured artists paint a large wall on school grounds for all to see. The school is located in Vila Pompeia at Rua Padre Chico, 102. Choque Cultural Gallery An indoor gallery featuring street artists. A great place to purchase original works and prints! Located in Pinheiros at Joo Moura, 997 (http://choquecultural. com.br/). Primavera-Interlagos Station This extensive section is located in the Cidade Dutra neighborhood on the corner of Avenida Presidente Joo Goulart and Rua Manuel Caldeira. So Paulo has so many high-quality examples to enjoy everywhere around the city. So, if you are looking for a nice day trip be sure to check out these and other locations near your neighborhood! Other Sources: Lugares imperdveis para conhecer street art em So Paulo, by Luciana Carvalho at Exame.com

Brazil. His works are featured primarily along drainage and sewer systems and are mostly a political statement to draw attention to the amount of trash accumulating within the city since as he puts it the states lack of concern. Onesto (http://www.alexhornest. com/) is yet another famous artist whose work can be seen throughout the streets of So Paulo. Onesto, or Alex Hornest, works in sculpture as well as paint. His work has been included in numerous printed compilations of street art from around the world and has had solo exhibits in So Paulo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Porto Alegre. Examples of these artists and others can be seen throughout the city. Some of it is sanctioned by either the government or a local business and is usually a mural of some sort. Other examples decorate abandoned buildings and construction barriers. Some of it is even illegal. However, you cant deny the ingenuity of many of these artists. Walking or driving through the streets and highways you will see various

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By Melissa Harkin, AmSoc member passed to the hands of Ferno Dias (uncle of the bandeirante Ferno Dias, the emerald hunter). In 1690, the priest Belchior de Pontes initiated the construction of the Igreja do Rosrio (the Church of the Rosary), when it transferred at the same time to the nucleus of the original village. In 1760, by order of the Portuguese Crown, the Jesuits were expelled from Brazil because of their interference in colonist affairs, such as protecting converted natives from the Bandeiras, which sought to enslave them. The artistic vocation of the city started to project itself in 1937, when Cssio MBoy, santeiro - sculptor of religious images - in Embu, gained first prize on the Exposition Internationel dArts Techniques du Paris. Before that, Cssio had been the professor of some renowned artists and received illustrious representatives of the Modernismo movement of 1922, including Anita Malfatti, Tarsila do Amaral, Oswald de Andrade, Menotti Del Picchia, Volpi and Yoshio Takaoka. One of Cssio MBoys most successful disciples was Sakai do Embu, internationally-known and one of the greatest Brazilian ceramistsculptors. In 1962, Sakai formed the Solano Trindade group of plastic artists, highly influenced by African-Brazilian art and the religious tradition of the Yoruba orishahs. The artistic tradition of Embu is an institution with projects and events held both in Brazil and abroad since 1964. The Feira de Artes and Artesanato do Embu (Arts and Handicraft of Embu) was launched in the late 1960s and it has been attracting tourists and revenues to the city ever since. It happens every weekend and its held on the streets as a large open fair. It is an excellent place to buy antiques, gifts, souvenirs, Brazilian stones and all sort of sculptures, paintings, handcrafts in a charming colonial architecture and therefore well known by visitors from all over Brazil. Nova Perfect http://www. novaperfect.com.br offers daily city tours to Embu in executive cars. Their 1 day tour packages include walking the streets of the city and visiting the historic buildings that still retain their original characteristics as well as time to buy crafts and antiques. Quick View When Youd better go on a Saturday or Sunday because of the Craft Fair. In early May there is the traditional Festa de Santa Cruz, heritage of the Jesuit colonization of the city, with folk

Embu, also known as Embu das Artes, is a Brazilian city in the State of So Paulo in the suburbs of the capital, famous for an unexpected specialization as a city for artists. Embu das Artes is a 20 minutes drive from downtown So Paulo, approximately 15 miles, on Rodovia Regis Bittencourt (BR-116), which leaves So Paulo in the direction of Curitiba, after you pass Taboo da Serra and Itapecerica da Serra. The history of Embu began in 1554, with the arrival of a group of Jesuits of the settlement of Bohi, later MBoy, half way between the sea and the So Paulo hinterlands. As the Jesuit missions in the interior of Brazil, the primary objective was to convert the native population to Roman Catholicism, in an attempt to use them as farm workers in the region. In 1607 the lands of the village

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dancing and ethnic foods, among other attractions. Moreover, in June occurs the Festa de So Marcos, with folk dances. Climate The rainy season is during summer, especially in January and February. The temperatures go around 27C during the first months of the year and in July, and it falls to 14C during the winter. Main Attractions The Feira de Artesanato (Craft Fair) is definitely the biggest attraction in town. It happens all weekends and holidays, from 9am to 6pm. There youll find paintings, sculptures, antiques, furniture, ceramics and utensils. One of the most famous sculptures are the namoradeiras, which are perched on the windows, looking for a boyfriend. The Complexo Jesutico (Jesuit Complex), composed by the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosrio (Church of Our Lady of the Rosary) and the Museu de Arte Sacra (Sacred Art Museum), located in the central square, shows the Baroque crafts and has several pictures of angels, saints and biblical characters created by Jesuits and the Indians. The Praa Central (Central Plaza) is the perfect place to sit and try some snacks, watching people

passing by, while you listen to good music and relax after walking the fair. There are some good shops to buy typical food and drinks (usually a good gift for friends and relatives). Doce de leite (milk candy) and cheese are good choices. In some of the shops you can taste the delicacies (and the drinks ... dont get lost in the different types of wines and cachaas). An interesting and pleasant mix is the Romeo and Juliet, a mix of cheese and guava. Where to Stay: If you are in So Paulo, you can visit the city and return on the same day, but if you drank a lot of cachaa and need to stay there, some good options are Pousada das Artes or Pousada du Valle. More information about what goes on in the city can be seen at http:// www.embu.sp.gov.br and, near the central plaza. there is a tourist information center with flyers and info also available in English.

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By Isabella Freyre Cows in the street are a natural sight... if you inhabit the countryside. However, spotting them while they graze in Pragues antique center or while they recline in New Yorks Times Square is certainly a peculiar sight! Cows are not just making bizarre appearances in the big cities of the world, they have also shed their spotted coats for new dazzling designs. The cow craze emerged in Zurich, Switzerland in 1998 when Walter Knapp suggested constructing life-size fiberglass sculptures to serve as canvases for artists to paint on. But the cows attracted so much hype that they were transferred to Chicago and New York. Now, more than 3000 cows have been created by approximately 5000 artists in three different poses: standing, grazing, or reclining. Hence the cow parade evolved from a wacky experiment into an innovative art form. Today, Cow Parade is considered the largest and most successful public art exhibition in the world. It has been staged in over fifty cities including Chicago (1999), New York (2000), London (2002), Tokyo (2003), Brussels (2003), Dublin (2003), Prague (2004), Stockholm (2004), Mexico City (2005), So Paulo (2005), Buenos Aires (2006), Boston (2006), Paris (2006), Milan (2007), and Istanbul (2007). In every city it visits, the art movement spreads mirth. But more importantly than the camera flashes of both tourists and locals alike, the Cow Parade helps earn funds for charities. The highest selling cow, Wage Moo from Dublin (a mosaic of Waterford Crystals designed by renowned designer John Rocha), sold for $146,000. Due to the repeated auction of the cows, over $20 million have been raised to benefit worldwide charities to dat Each year, the Cow Parade selects a particular destination in which it will display its colorful cows. Numerous corporations then invest in buying white models for recruited artists to lavish with exclusive patterns or unique portraits, incorporating community themes. The average amount of cows displayed in the parade ranges from 75 to 150 per event. The cows, when completed, are positioned in open areas where they remain for two to four months- a veritable outdoor museum. So Paulo was the first city in South America to receive the cows dispersed throughout its streets. They interrupted traffic on Avenida Paulista and sprawled on the grass of Ibirapuera Park. The grandiose occasion displayed 150 cows, fifteen of which were painted by the children of different institutions affiliated to Fundao Abrinq pelos Direitos da Criana e do Adolescente and the rest painted by consecrated artists such as Luiz Hermano, Rui Amaral, Guto Lacaz, and Anita Kaufmann. More than simply a fun art exhibition, the event also fostered support for social justice. But the importunate question remains: WHY COWS?! Cows are treasured animals in various cultures. They connect humans to our past as farmers herding cattle. They provide necessary goods such as leather, milk, and meat, as well as labor. In the Hindu religion, cows are even considered sacred. And of course, they transmit affection. So why not employ cows as symbols of fine art? This year (November 24), the Cow Parade will be visiting Goinia. Do not miss the opportunity to admire a bovine beauty!

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42nd Chapel Art Show pays tribute to Antonio Henrique Amaral


Between October 20 (inaugural cocktail at 8:00 p.m.) and 26, the American international school, Chapel, will host its traditional annual benefit event, the 42nd Chapel Art Show, which will be open to the general public. The show will include works by Rogrio Degaki, Patrcia Furlong, Mrcio Scavone, Florian Raiss, Pablo di Giulio, among many others and all works will be available for purchase. The event will exhibit 500 paintings, sculptures, lithographs, sketches and photography from 150 renowned contemporary artists on the Brazilian art scene. The curator for the event will be Adriana Rede. This year, special tribute is going to Antonio Henrique Amaral, who will be presenting large-scale canvases from the 1970/1990 (the Bananas and Torsos series), as well as lithographs from 1960 to 2000 and recent introspective sketches from the artists portfolio. The usual commission on sales, a common practice at art shows, will in this case be used in the schools efforts to help the needy. As a benefit event, artists participate directly by asking for lower, more enticing prices. With this, buyers also win, paying less than the real market price for works of the highest quality. Prices begin at R$ 280 (photographs) and reach tens of thousands of Reais. The renowned photographer Mrcio Scavone, who is participating for the first time in the event, will be showing five works, among them an album with 20 photographic essays on street graffiti in So Paulo, and one piece that won an award from National Geographic. Rogrio Degaki will participate with some sculptures in resin that represent toy art. There are also photographs by Pablo di Giulio, Valentinino Fialdini and Jardineiro Andr Feliciano, a photocollage by Patrcia Furlong, sculptures by Alex Cerveny and recent sculptures from the Quadrpede (Four Legs) series by Florian Raiss, who will exhibit for the first time the piece Eva, a fourlegged woman. Among those showing lithographs are Claudio Tozzi, Cris Rocha and Kika Levy. There is also an area reserved for a special selection of lithographs signed by art icons, such as Burle Marx, Eduardo Sued, Ferreira Gullar, Maria Bonomi, Antonio Lizarraga, Hrcules Barsotti and Almir Mavignier, just to mention a few of the more than 30 names that are part of this selection. The show will also present an expressive selection of naf (nave) paintings, a genre which is popular among foreigners. (see page 6 for an article on this genre) Antonio Henrique Amaral In each edition, the Chapel Art Show reserves a special section to pay tribute to a renowned artist on the Brazilian art scene. This year, our artist of honor is renowned for his sketches, lithographs and sculptures. Antonio Henrique Amaral has selected two large-scale paintings of the Bananas series, completed in the 1970s, while he was voluntarily exiled in New York. There are also pieces from the Torsos series, from the 1980s, several lithographs from the 60s, 80s, 90s and 2000s, phases in which the artist was dedicated to this technique, and large-scale sketches from past decades and a more recent series, this one more introspective. There is also a never-before-seen piece, entitled No Title Yet. 42nd Chapel Art Show Inaugural Cocktail: October 20, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. From October 21 to 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Location: Chapel School Escola Maria Imaculada Address: R. Vigrio Joo de Pontes, 537 Chcara Flora Admission and parking free.

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Angel Party
On November 5, the twelfth annual American Society Angel Party is taking over Chapel School, come rain or shine. Theres lots of good news to share and needs still to be met. The best news is that most of the 210 children coming to this years party have sponsors. Thank you all! We still need a few more sponsors, however. And, of course, we need back-up sponsors because we have new kids arriving as old kids leave. You can help by agreeing to sponsor one of our last children or being placed on the waiting list to be a super shopper (lots of shopping in a short time). You can also contribute R$350 so we can do the shopping for you. Other donations would be spent covering the costs of buses for the children, the show, extra refreshments and prizes for the games. Please consider helping in this way. To do so, write Sue Banman Sileci at sue@ sileci.com. The Angel Party also needs volunteers for an organizing day before the party. We will have received all the bags by October 5. Two weeks after that we do a quick check that all gift bags have all the items they need. We also put all the gifts in uniform white bags and color code them by orphanage or daycare center with ribbons and printed labels. This requires half a day of hard work with 20 volunteers (or several days work for one person if no one signs up to help). Please do! Its fun in the way cleaning your kitchen cupboards is fun. Sign up by writing Eileen Tasso at eileentasso@gmail.com. Finally, we usually have 120 volunteers on the day of the party, and lots of others without specific jobs helping where needed or just enjoying the fun. Please consider signing up to help. There are two shifts: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To volunteer, send an email with your shift preference to Simone Carneiro at simone.brazil@terra.com.br We and 210 struggling children need your financial help, your energy and your support. Join us for some real fun.

Eric Poliak Award postponed to May


Weve postponed the awarding of the annual Eric Poliak Award to May 2012. Eric Poliak was a true example of volunteerism. The Board of Governors established the award shortly after Poliaks death, to be given to someone who has renewed his legacy, exceptional efforts above and beyond normal volunteerism. We look forward to accepting nominations in March 2012.

Halloween Happy Hour


Dont miss our monthly Happy Hour on Thursday October 27th at 6pm to 8pm. Its a great opportunity to make some new friends and the venue is very cool, come check it out! Well be upstairs on the balcony (weather permitting) and everyone is welcome!

The New Yearbook


(continued from front page) advertisement, and each listing has been reviewed and catalogued by Maureen Alves for easy look-up. AmSoc has steered loyal expat customers to these businesses for years and encourages its members to utilize the services featured in the yearbook, many of which have English-speaking employees. The AmSoc yearbook should be the go-to guide for businesses and services in So Paulo. Businesses that are making their debut in this years edition include Pediatric Dentistry, Expatco relocation company, English-speaking veterinary office and pet shop Stetic Dog, and the Juquehy Praia Hotel. Dont miss the insert from the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This years cover, which features the work of a different Brazilian artist each year, showcases visual artist Lara Matana, a transplant to Mato Grosso from So Paulo who has embraced the vivid natural colors of the Pantanal to produce the gorgeous cover art. Lara Matana will be exhibiting her work from October 10th through 29th at Lourdina Jean Rabieh Art + Antiques, Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 147 in Jardim Paulistano, with a vernissage on the 10th at 7pm. Learn more at her site, www. laramatana.com

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AmSoc Sports
By John Kennedy, AmSoc board member AmSoc Softball Team prepares to defend their 2010 Championship in November In conjunction with the Brazilian Beisbol Confederation for the third straight year, AmSoc will host its annual softball championship in November. This year we will have two softball tournaments in November, both at the CT Yakult Baseball Park in Ibuina, which is located a bit past Cotia on the Raposo Tavares. The first will be a mini-tournament on the weekend of November 5th and 6th, where the non-American teams will play on Saturday and the Americans on Sunday in deference to the AmSoc Angel party that November 5th. This mini-tournament will act as a warm-up for the 2-day Championships taking place two weeks later as well as to establish the Team seeds for it. The Championships will be on Thanksgiving weekend, unfortunately, for its the only date we can have the fields. Due to a hugely popular outcome last year, during the lunch hour on Sunday the 27th we will have a Homerun hitting contest where each team will elect 2 members to participate, which means each participant gets to swing at 10 pitches to see how many HRs are hit. If there are ties, well have 10 more pitches to hit, and so on. And there will be the traditional BBQ going on each with their large swimming pool available for all families and players to cool off! We expect to have between 8 and 12 teams entering, multiple teams from the Americans, Brazilians, Japanese and Korean communities.

2011 Softball Schedule: Pick-up games 10/08 at Chapel School 9am to 3pm Mini-Tournament 11/06 at CT Yakult, in Ibuina 9am to 5pm Pick-up games 11/12 at Graded School noon to 4pm 2011 Championship 11/26 & 11/27 at CT Yakult, in Ibuina 9am to 5pm

The 6th Challenge Golf Cup - November 18, 2011 - Guarapiranga Golf & Country Club - Guarapiranga So Paulo Americans seek 3rd Cup victory against Scots in upcoming 6th Challenge Golf Cup This years Challenge Golf Cup (our version of the Ryder Cup) will be played on November 18th at the beautiful and challenging Guararpiranga Golf Course. It will also be a charity fund raiser amidst lots of bells and whistles that accompany a semi-professional golf event, including tournament awards, corporate sponsors, a raffle, as well as cocktails and speeches. Up to 100 golfers are expected to join in this always very lively and competitive sporting match between the American Society and St. Andrews Society. In fact, not only Americans and Scots usually play, for each team has their group of loyal Brazilians who have regularly played with their team over the years, not to mention Aussies and Brits, and other nationalities. The score between to two Teams stands at 3 2 in favor of the Scots. The American Society of So Paulo is pleased to announce our annual charity & team golf match, with festivities, against the St. Andrew Society of the State of So Paulo. Date: Friday, November 18, 2011 Time: 8h30 Bus leaves AMCHAM (seat on bus made by reservation only) 10h00 Registration and Warm-up 11h30 Twosomes to Tees for Shotgun start 12h00 Start Tournament Shotgun 17h00 Cocktails at Club Restaurant, including tournament awards and prizes 21h00 Bus leaves for AMCHAM (arrival estimated at 22h Format: Twosome Best Ball Scramble Maximum Handicap Index of 28 Snack lunch during golf and a Buffet with cocktails afterwards during awards Cash prizes for Closet to Pin and Longest & Straightest Drives Raffle with various corporate sponsors offering exciting gifts Venue: Guarapiranga Golf and Country Club Telephone: for directions (011-5979-2250 or 0119751-2393) Estrada Jaceguava - Casa Grande www.guarapirangagolf.com.br Dress code: Golf Attire (Team Shirts will be provided for each golfer) Cost: Entry (limited to first 100 golfers) R$255 for golf participants who are MEMBERS of either Society R$303 for golf participants who are NOT members of either Society R$55 for non-golfers but Society members (limited to first 50 for festivities) R$35 for roundtrip bus reservation

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Personal Trainer I will come to your home, office, or workout facility and create an exercise/fitness program tailored to your health concerns, fitness goals, and schedule. For adults and children, individuals or groups. Sessions in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. For more information please contact Daniela Franco at (11) 9739-6191 or dsf29@ hotmail.com. Argos Dog Kennel Traveling? What about your dog? Argos Kennel Hotel could be his second home in the country. Food, water, and shelter with lots of love and personal care. No lonely kennel for him, but our home and the freedom of a spacious garden. Fetch and carry service. English and French spoken. Call Jean or Christiane at (11) 4661-1430 or (11) 7143-0837 or send an e-mail to jean.chris@uol.com.br. Embu Guau, SP. Math and Science Tutor Former Graded and Chapel teacher, with 25years experience, tutors Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Science for all levels, including but not limited to the IB, IGCSE, SAT-I & II, AP and Brazilian vestibular. Elementary and middle school students are also welcome (all subjects). Call Fernando Knijnik at (11) 9134-6700. American-Licensed Expat Psychologist Richard Morhaime, Psy.D., offers skilled psychotherapy for children and adults. He also provides complete diagnostic evaluations in English for children with academic or behavioral difficulties, featuring individualized recommendations for school and home. For more information, contact Dr. Morhaime at 5538-0099 or 9669-8057 or visit www.expatpsychologist.com.br American-Licensed Psychotherapist Transform a Cherished Memory into a Work of Art Time seems to be passing more and more rapidly and many times we would like to hold on to a moment and make it last longer than it does. A first step, a birthday, a special feeling, a moment in the light. Time is one thing that is out of our control and the more we try to grasp it, the faster it seems to go. I dont have a solution for this but what I can do is capture a precious moment in a sculpture. Please contact me for more information. Nadja 5535-0937 or 8921-0165 or email art@nadjavenezian.com.br or visit www.nadjavenezian.com.br American-Licensed Clinical Psychologist Heloisa Garman, Psy.D. U.S.-licensed Clinical Psychologist (covered by U.S. health insurance). Bilingual, with extensive private practice in Chicago and former therapist at the Family Institute at Northwestern Uni. Treats individuals, couples, and families. Specialized in anxiety, depression, cultural issues, and adjustment disorders. Call Dr. Garman at (11)7179-9723 or 3898-2330 or send an e-mail to hcbgarman@aol.com.

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Important Dates: 8 Columbus Day (us), 12 Holy marys Day (br)

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Learn more about this months AmSoc events (highlighted) at www.AmSoc.com.br.

The 87th Caledonian Ball

Espao Rosa Rosarum R. Francisco Leito, 416 (Pinheiros) For more information visit www.standrews.com.br

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Art Exhibit Alina Fonteneau

The last day to visit the vernissage of Alina Fonteneau, at Rua Gumercindo Saraiva 54 (off of Faria Lima, near the Museu da Casa Brasileira).

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Softball Pick-up Games

Pick-up games to be held at Chapel School from 9 am to 2 pm. Please contact John Kennedy at john@kennedy-partners.com or visit www.AmSoc.com.br for more details.

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Scottish Country Dancing Club

Outside Drakes Pub, in the Brazilian British Centre in Pinheiros, at 8 pm. Please visit www.standrews.com.br for more details

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Halloween Happy Hour

Join us to Halloween Happy Hour at LAbsolu Bar, Rua Gomes de Carvalho 1715, Vila Olmpia.

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Workshop II: The Art of Seeing

Natural vision improvement With ArtDuring the second half Patricia will guide us in the art appreciation and expression activities. All activities are playful and hands on constituting a healthy, fun and inspiring activity for the community. Always from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm. More information in AmSoc website.

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To be held at the U.S. Marine House. From 4 to 7 pm. www.AmSoc.com.br or ruthhollard@hotmail.com for more information.

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The Second Act of Tomie Ohtake


By Maureen Kennedy Alves, AmSoc board member Ive always been a big fan of second acts in life. Of finding a passion or talent that you didnt know existed and turning it into a success story. Look at Julia Child. The queen of French cuisine didnt even arrive in Paris until she was 36 and didnt learn to cook until she was almost 40. Rodney Dangerfield (remember him? the one who couldnt get no respect) didnt get his comedy career in gear until he was 42. And Harland Sanders (thats Colonel Sanders to you and me) launched his multi-million dollar Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises at the tender age of 66. Im not sure why I love these stories. Maybe they inspire me, give me hope that its never to late to create. To do what you love. Or perhaps because they remind me that life or at least your vocation - is not a linear path from point A to point B. Plan as you might, there are always many twists and turns, and you never really know what lies ahead. Whatever the reason, its no wonder that I was taken by the story of the Japanese Brazilian artist, Tomie Ohtake. Shes a famous contemporary artist here in Brazil who didnt paint her first piece until she was 39. And who has been continuing her productive career in abstract painting, engraving, and sculpture well into her 90s. I first came across Tomie Ohtakes name in my Wallpaper City Guide to So Paulo. (For those of you unfamiliar with Wallpaper guides, I can only say they are super hip pocket guides that can make super unhip people like myself feel almost cool). The guide listed the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in its 24-hour section (as in where to go if you only have one day to spend in So the space, and in particular, the three Tomie Ohtake sculptures on permanent display. The sculptures, along with the Institutes restaurant, Santinha (a hot spot among So Paulos beautiful people at least at lunchtime) were definitely the highpoints for me. Unfortunately, the institute only runs a Tomie Ohtake exhibit once a year, so to see more of the artists work, you must visit the gallery where she is represented, Galeria Nora Roesler. I wont even begin to try to describe Tomie Ohtakes style, although the gallery says an antagonistic and rhythmic silence runs through her work. Descriptions like that often leave me scratching my head, kind of like when someone tells me my wine has chocolate and fruity undertones, but I can only say that when looking at a Tomie Ohtake painting, I get the same feeling I had when I entered her institute a calmness, an inner quiet, a tranquility. And who knows? Maybe some of that is from the work itself and some from the knowledge that most of it was created well into the second half of her life. Reminding me once again that second acts are often the sweetest. Maureen Kennedy Alves is a freelance writer, private yoga instructor and mom to a beautiful baby boy here in So Paulo. She can be reached at maureenalves@gmail.com.

Paulo), along with the tip that a visit to the institute is a must on any city itinerary. While Im not sure I would call the institute a must, it is definitely worth a visit. And, as Wallpaper points out, thats partly because of the building that its housed in. In fact, you probably already know it. Its the mauve (dare I say pink) and blue glass tower on Avenida Faria Lima in Pinheiros. The building, designed by Tomie Ohtakes son, Ruy (who also designed the Hotel Unique), is a designophiles dream and stands apart from the other modern skyscrapers in the south So Paulo skyline. The Institute, which exhibits modern art, is small only two floors but is a welcome oasis in the sea of So Paulo chaos. The bottom floor opens up three stories to an arresting glass ceiling that allows natural light to flood