The fall season continues as CIFO joins the Cuenca Biennial, Alejandro Anreus curates Rafael Soriano, and Zilia Sánchez opens a major retrospective in Washington, DC. Cuban artists join the Creative Time summit in Miami, and Alexandre Arrechea opens a solo show at Fredric Snitzer—just in time for Art Basel Miami Beach.


November 1–3: Miami

On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries–Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World

Creative Time 

The New York–based arts organization Creative Time is holding its annual summit in Miami for the first time. Titled On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World, the three-day conference will include workshops, panels, discussions, interactive performances, and more. The speakers’ list includes María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Elvis Fuentes, and Yanelys Nuñez Leyva and Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, two organizers of the recent #00Bienal. The conference film series will include work by US-born Cuban artist Antonia Wright. Co-presented with Art in Public Places of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.

Courtesy Creative Time

November 23: Cuenca, Ecuador

Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

Museo de la Ciudad (Antigua Escuela Central) 

As part of the XIV Cuenca Biennial, the Cisnernos Fontanals Art Foundation is presenting a selection of 23 works from the collection, by artists from 10 Latin American countries. Curated by Jesús Fuenmayor, the show includes Cuban artists Javier Castro, Glexis Novoa, and Celia y Yunior. The Biennial runs through February 3, 2019.

Installation view of works in “Plural Domains”
Courtesy CIFO

November 28: New York

Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera

Metropolitan Museum of Art – Met Breuer

Breaking the $1 million-mark at auction is one measure of Carmen Herrera’s late-career success. Now, the 103-year-old artist has scored another, as the second name anchoring a major exhibition at the Met. Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera will feature her art alongside the work of Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Joan Mitchell, and other long-acclaimed titans of abstraction, including her partner in that title—Jackson Pollock. Opening November 28 at the Met Breuer. Ongoing (no closing date).

November 30: St. Joseph, MI

Arte Cubano

Krasl Art Center

Co-organized by New York’s Center for Cuban Studies—which just opened its new office and art space in Brooklyn’s Dumbo district—this touring exhibition features some 50 works by a range of artists—among them René Francisco, Sandra Ramos, Lidzie Alvisa, Esterio Segura, Yoan Capote, and Diana Fonseca. Through February 3.

At the Krasl: Sandra Ramos, “Ser cultos para ser libres,” 2005


December 1: Miami

Alexandre Arrechea

Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Opening just ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach and the other fairs, this exhibition will spotlight current and recent drawings, sculptures, installations, and other works. Through January 12.

Alexandre Arrechea, “Blue Fragment,” 2016
Courtesy Fredric Snitzer Gallery

December 8: Springfield, MO

Contemporary Cuban Printmaking

Springfield Art Museum

Featuring 70 prints by 33 artists, the show spotlights the Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana, the island’s oldest continuously running workshop for printing and engraving. Through March 17.


January 26: Tucson, AZ

Carlos Estévez: Entelechy

Tucson Museum of Art

Drawing on the concept of the encyclopedia as a metaphor of confinement within the covers of a book, Estévez explores ideas of time, anatomy, and the cosmos in meticulously detailed, scrupulously realized works. Curated by Carol Damian, former director and chief curator of Miami’s Frost Art Museum, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, and assemblages. Through May 5.

In Tucson: Carlos Estévez, “Reina ocasional,” from the Transients series
Courtesy Tucson Museum of Art

January 28: Wayne, NJ

Rafael Soriano: Cabezas/Heads

William Patterson University Gallery

Art historian Alejandro Anreus co-curates a show exploring the artist’s depictions of the human head, which “express deep existential concerns regarding freedom, identity, and the desire to communicate with a sense of reality that is not simply material,” Anreus wrote. Together, the more than 20 canvases achieve what Anreus calls their “rich pictorial density.” Through May 8.

A work in “Rafael Soriano: Cabezas/Heads”


February 16: Washington, DC

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla

The Phillips Collection

At the age of 90, Zilia Sánchez is celebrating her first US museum exhibition—a long overdue survey of her almost 70-year-long career. Featuring approximately 65 works, the show includes paintings, shaped canvases, works on paper, and sculptural pieces, along with illustrations, design sketches, and ephemera. Through May 19.

Zilia Sánchez, “Maquinista, díptico,” 2008
Courtesy The Phillips Collection