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A Selection of Our Past Stories

Auction Report: Amelia Peláez Sets New Auction Record at Phillips Sale

Cuban art got off to a strong start this evening with the first spring Latin American auction in New York at Phillips. Several works blew past their high estimates, including a record-setting piece by Amelia Peláez.

Spotlight on Camagüey: The Museo Provincial General Ignacio Agramonte

Cubans and experienced travelers know the city of Camagüey as a treasure of colonial-era history and architecture. But not everyone knows that the city’s largest museum houses one of the strongest institutional collections of Cuban art outside Havana.

Tonel: “I’ve never stopped feeling Cuban”

As his solo exhibition at Factoría Habana enters its final weeks, Tonel discusses his creative process—and the differences between Havana and Vancouver—with Karina Durant

Looking Back: Ricardo Porro, Part 2

In memory of the architect, who died in December at the age of 89, here’s the second of two excerpts from an interview by Jorge Fernández, done in 2000, that appeared in the Cuban magazine Revolución y Cultura.

Sneak Preview: Citizens of the World: Cuba in Queens

Tomorrow, the Queens Museum of Art in New York City celebrates its reopening with a day-long community celebration. The festivities include the opening of Citizens of the World: Cuba in Queens, a look at recent Cuban art on the island and beyond. Here’s a sneak preview of what museumgoers will find in the gallery this weekend.

Cuban Dancers Dazzle New York

Danza Contemporánea de Cuba is making its first ever U.S. tour, while Los Muñequitos de Matanza make a long-awaited return to North American cities. Dance on Camera Festival director Deirdre Towers reports for Cuban Art News on these venerable companies that are bringing an infusion of energy and talent to the U.S. dance scene.

In Conversation: Elio Rodríguez

This month, artist Elio Rodríguez completes a semester-long fellowship in Harvard University’s Afro-Latin American Research Institute and Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. In an email interview, he talks about the experience and what comes next.

“El Yuma”: Looking at the US from the Island

The past two years have seen a spike in US citizens traveling to Cuba, eager to learn about a country and a culture that have long been off limits. But how do Cubans see the US? The recent exhibition El Yuma: Contemporary Cuban Art asked that question of 14 artists. Here are some of the answers, with commentary by co-curator Sachie Hernández.

Brooklyn… The New Havana?

Why is the Cuban municipality of Manzanillo producing so many of the island’s strongest young artists? And how did four of them (plus two habaneros) end up in Brooklyn? Elvia Rosa Castro muses on the long-ago difficulties of getting a residency abroad, the pioneering work of the Cuban Artists Fund, and the Cubans who came to Brooklyn this spring.


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