A Selection of Our Past Stories
Hailed as the first cultural exchange between museums in Cuba and the U.S., the exhibition Una Raza (One Race) has brought the work of Key West folk artist Mario Sánchez to the Cuban Building of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. And Cuban artists are coming to Key West.
This year, Ana Mendieta (1948–1985) would have turned 70. Looking at several shows that focus on, feature, or pay homage to Mendieta and her art, Olga Viso and other curators and artists consider her work and its relevance today.
Cuban abstract artists take center stage in Miami as Casa de las Américas gears up for a year of neo-figurative art, Australia welcomes its first full-scale contemporary Cuban art show, Armando Mariño prepares his first solo show in New York City, and the Miami Art Museum gets ready to host the José Bedia retrospective.
Last month, urban theorists from Australia, Norway, Italy, Canada, France, Serbia, and the U.S. joined their Cuban hosts for the sixth annual Havana Urban Design Charrette. Focusing on the Barrio Los Sitios neighborhood, they came up with innovative ideas for “the heart and soul of the metropolis.”
Eighties Generation artist José Manuel Fors arrives in Miami for his first show there, Los Carpinteros send a pretzel-shaped bed to Majorca, William Pérez and Marlys Fuego explore New York, and "Delirio Habanero" hits Miami--tonight.
The new art season in Havana is off and running, with second chances at CDAV, a new gallery in Miramar, and solo shows by Carlos Quintana, Lissette Solorzano, and Yornel Martínez. Tonel shows in London and Madrid, Parallel Paths is extended in Miami, the films of Ana Mendieta come to Chelsea, and Geandy Pavón takes a photographic look at The Cuban Americans.
Last summer, S.M.A.K., the contemporary art museum in Ghent, Belgium, hosted Wilfredo Prieto: Speaking Badly About Stones (Hablando mal de las piedras). In this six-minute video, Prieto talks about the work in the show—including several pieces that are currently on view at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana.
In Part 3 of our conversation, Elvis Fuentes, project director for Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, spoke candidly about explorations of race, racial identity, and history in contemporary Cuban art. Here, he talks about aspects of the project that extend beyond the exhibition, and its contributions to scholarship in this field.
This week, Cuban art is on display up and down the U.S. East Coast, the PINTA New York Latin American art fair opens, and Cuban musicians go for the gold in the Latin Grammys tonight.