Cruz Azaceta Goes Uptown. The Crossing, a 1991 work by Luis Cruz Azaceta, has long been in the collection of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. This summer, it’s on view at the museum in I You We, a group show of work from the 1980s and early 1990s. Organized by Whitney curator David Kiehl, the show includes a range of media—paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs—to explore how race, religion, gender, and other issues influenced the art of those decades. On view through September 1.
Arrechea Moves Downtown. No Limits, the ten-sculpture public art project by Alexandre Arrechea, closed on schedule earlier this month. But it looks like Manhattan is not quite ready to bid farewell—and now it’s downtowners’ turn to enjoy the show. According to a newsletter from the project’s presenting partner, Magnan Metz Gallery, three of Arrechea’s skyscraper sculptures have relocated to Lower Manhattan: Sherry Netherland to a pedestrian mall on 17th Street near Union Square, Metropolitan Life Insurance to 23rd Street in the Flatiron district, and Flatiron outside Baruch College at 25th Street and Third Avenue.
Cuban Artists in El Museo’s Bienal. Last week, we took a close look at one work in Here Is Where We Jump, the El Museo Bienal: Wallscape by Cuban artist Pavel Acosta. There are other Cuban and Cuban-American artists in the show too, including Becky Franco, Bernardo Navarro Tomás, and Alex Nuñez. Look for more on these artists on Cuban Art News in the coming weeks. And you’ve got plenty of time to see them at El Museo, too—the Bienal runs through January 4.
González On Long Island. At Art Sites Gallery in Riverhead, New York, Maria Elena González is among two dozen artists reflecting on the 1967 “Summer of Love,” and the spontaneous push for social change that it inspired. For Summer of Love: Found & Lost, González created Incidents, an outdoor installation with eight individual sites. The exhibition runs through August 18.
René Francisco in Germany. In many circles, artist René Francisco Rodríguez is equally well known as an innovative and unorthodox teacher. Both sides of his career are currently on view in Halle, Germany, where he’s leading a group of art-school students in Unland, a series of “social interventions.” The project website describes the group’s first intervention: “For three hours, the traffic island at ‘Steintor’ in Halle becomes a beach. Students are chilling in their personal beach loungers while their professor is offering mojitos.” A project of the University of Art and Design of Burg Geibichenstein, Unland began earlier this spring and runs through July.
Acquiro in Miami. The Cuban American Phototheque celebrates its expanding collection with Acquiro, a show of 18 photographers and their work. Participating artists include Willy Castellanos, Raúl Cañibano, Abigail González Piña, José Ney, and Maite Díaz. On view through July 13.
Alberto Rey in Spain. From upstate New York comes news of Cuban-born artist Alberto Rey’scurrent solo exhibition in Badajoz, Spain. Alberto Rey: Biological Realism features a series of videos created specifically for the round exhibition space in the Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo – Extremaduran and Latin American Museum of Contemporary Art (MEIAC).
The five videos in Moments of Wonder (Mementos de Asombro) document, in slow motion, a 180-degree view of a stream section where migrating steelhead trout are moving upstream to spawn. Running simultaneously, the five videos are synchronized to start at the surface of the water, submerge, and then re-emerge at the same time. Biological Realism also showcases paintings, artifacts, and other videos—including An Unkept Promise (2005), a reflection on Rey’s return trip to Cuba 35 years after leaving as a young child. On view through July 15.
Glenda León in On Cuba. A follow-up note to our recent series on Cuban artists at the Venice Biennale: the website for On Cuba magazine has an interview with Glenda León about her new installation in the Cuban Pavilion at Venice. In a conversation with writer Ana Lidia García, León talks about the ideas behind Música de las esferas, how it was received by Biennale visitors, and why music and listening are such constants in her work.