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A Selection of Our Past Stories

Cuban Cinema Comes to the U.S. South

Which films were sold-out hits? Which ones didn’t quite work? At this year’s RiverRun International Film Festival, Elvia Rosa Castro was on hand to watch the audiences watching “Cuba on Screen.”

First Look: The 2019 Havana Biennial

Cuba’s most important art event is once again expected to bring the international art world to Havana. Here’s our first preview of the 13th Havana Biennial—artists, projects, and an expansive leap beyond the capital.

Abstract Art, CINTAS Fellows, and “A Curatorial Gambit”

Next week, the Coral Gables Art Museum opens Between the Real and the Imagined: Abstract Art from CINTAS Fellows. Curator Elizabeth Cerejido previews the exhibition and talks about the thinking behind it—and what makes the CINTAS collection unique in Cuban art.

Cubans in Paris, Cubans at Home

Cuban music took the world by storm in the 1920s and 30s, and found a special welcome in Paris. Last month the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) offered a rousing program that interwove the concert hall, the nightclub, and the theater, with music by José White, Eliseo Grenet, Ernesto Lecuona, Luis Casas Romero, Alejandro García Caturla, Sindo Garay, and Miguel Matamoros. The show also featured songs by Moisés Simóns, including excerpts from his rarely performed 1934 operetta Toi C’est Moi. NYFOS director Steven Blier reviews the history of this music in his informative program notes.

The CINTAS Foundation Seizes the Moment in Cuban Art

The CINTAS Foundation has long been a source of support for Cuban artists in Miami and beyond. But few of the foundation’s actions have generated as much public discussion as the decision to open its fellowships to applicants on the island. Cuban Art News caught up with CINTAS Foundation board president Victor Deupi for a conversation ranging from the foundation’s decision to the recent Trump Administration announcement.

Seeking Julio Berestein

Photographer Julio López Berestein is an enigma in the history of Cuban art. Isachi Durruthy Peñalver offers clues to his rediscovery and opens the door to further study of his legacy.

“¡Si Cuba!” Festival Heads West

New York’s “¡Si Cuba!” Festival is entering the final weeks of its three-month run, but its success has already inspired a West Coast offshoot. Kicking off earlier this month, “¡Si Cuba! SoCal” features three exhibitions, two film series, performances by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and a concert by the Buena Vista Social Club orchestra with Omara Portuondo, among other events.

Cuban Art Hits Basel with a Splash

Art Basel opens today, with two days of private viewing before opening to the public June 14­–17. Here’s our roundup of where to see top Cuban art and artists at the fairs.

“Inside Havana:” An Insider’s Look at the City and Its Architecture

For architect and urban planner Julio César Pérez, Havana is both a treasury of architectural history and a vibrant reflection of contemporary life on the island. With Inside Havana—a Havana-only version of Inside Cuba (2005), now out of print—Pérez and his collaborators balance the city’s grand mansions and public buildings with glimpses of more modest domestic spaces, intimate and personal.

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