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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Visual Arts

Shake It Up—Rethinking Cuba & “Cubanidad” at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

At the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Jorge Fernández Torres and Delia María López Campistrous reflect on their current exhibitions, “The Mirror of Enigmas” and “Beyond Utopia."

Tania Bruguera & Others Tackle Global Migration

Midway through the year, migration and immigration are emerging as powerful themes for museum exhibitions. As Tania Bruguera brings her distinctive point of view to international group shows at the Phillips Collection and ICA Boston, other Cuban artists take up the topic in New York, Venice, and beyond. Meanwhile, the US English-language media finally catches up with the Havana Biennial.
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In Havana, a Look at Race & Racism in Cuban Art

At the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, curators Roberto Cobas Amate and Laura Arañó Arencibia take us through "Nada Personal" (Nothing Personal), their investigation of race and racism in more than two centuries of Cuban art.

After Los Carpinteros: Marco Castillo Explores Cuban Architecture & Design in “The Decorator’s Home”

Late last month, Marco Castillo—formerly of the group Los Carpinteros—opened The Decorator’s Home at UTA Artist Space, the new powerhouse gallery in Los Angeles. In an email interview with Cuban Art News, Castillo talks about the show, about recovering forgotten Cuban designers of the 1960s and 1970s, and reconnecting them with contemporary Cuban art and design.
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Cuban Caricatures & Abstract Art

At the Wolfsonian-FIU, a new exhibition spotlights graphic artist and publisher Conrado Massaguer and his influence on cosmopolitan Cuban culture before the Revolution. And at the Frost-FIU, a pair of shows include Cuban-born and –descendant artists in surveys of artist books and US abstract art since the 1970s.