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A Selection of Our Past Stories

Documentary Insights at the Havana Film Festival New York

Midway through the 2016 Havana Film Festival New York, film writer and documentary specialist Nadine Covert reflects on the Cuba-themed documentaries on the festival schedule.

The Havana Film Festival New York Celebrates Its ‘Quinceañera’ with a...

An exceptionally strong slate of films from the island made the 15th HFFNY a memorable one for Cuban cinema. Nadine Covert offers a detailed recap of the Cuban films and how they fared in the festival competition.

Update: Cuban Posters in NYC, Garaicoa at MASS MoCA, and Artists’...

Two shows on Cuban graphic art open tonight in New York’s Chelsea district, Carlos Garaicoa joins a group show in western Massachusetts, and just in time for the Bienal, two artists’ exhibitions are announced in Havana.

“Metaphors of Change,” Part 2: More Art, More Change

In Part 1 of our walkthrough of the exhibition Las Metáforas del Cambio, co-curators Alejandro Machando Font and Concha Fontenla touched on themes of private and public, collectivity and individuality, religion, and sexuality. Then, the conversation got interesting.

Displacements, Diaspora and Exiles in Miami

Uprooted/Transmigrations features the work of a dozen Cuban and Latin American artists. Cuban Art News talks with Abelardo Mena of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana about his first exhibition in Miami.

Exhibition Close-Up: Candelario’s Equipajes Personales at Dimensions Variable

In Havana, the artist Candelario Lassa is known for ambitious, community-based art projects in the city’s San Agustín district. This spring, members of the Miami community got to experience Candelario’s socially committed art. Janet Batet gives us a closer look at Equipajes Personales.

2011 in Cuban Art: A Recap From the Island, Part 1

Described by the U.K. website Publishing Perspectives as a “de-facto digital library of Cuban culture,” the online journal La Jiribilla celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011. Among its end-of-year articles was a detailed recounting of the year in art on the island. We are pleased to present this “2011 Visual Cartography” by Mabel Machado as a two-part series on Cuban Art News, where it appears in English for the first time.

“Volume I,” or The Big Bang of Contemporary Cuban Art

On January 14, 1981, Volume I opened at the International Art Center in Havana, presenting the work of eleven young artists. The new face of the Cuban art was born. Cuban Art News offers a look back at a milestone of contemporary Cuban art.

In Focus: Diógenes and the Light at Factoría Habana

“Light is a metaphor of honesty,” curator Concha Fontenla writes in her introduction to Diógenes y la luz (Diogenes and the light). With this concept as their starting point, José Toirac & Octavio Marín embarked on a metaphoric search through contemporary Havana for the equivalent of the Greek philosopher’s “honest man.”


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