A Selection of Our Past Stories
René Francisco opens a solo show in Havana, Glenda Léon, José Bedia, and Iconocracia come to the Grand Canary Islands, and That’s Cuba! opens in Venice. Aimée García solos in Los Angeles, group exhibitions open in Tampa and Tallahassee, and more Cuban artists—and galleries—come to New York.
This weekend, the annual Lucas Awards will be presented at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana. But the influence of the Lucas project extends beyond the Cuban video clip.
Opening May 26, Cuban Visions presents 50 works from 25 artists and artist teams. Curated by Mailyn Machado in Havana and Yandro Miralles in New York, the exhibition takes a broad look at contemporary Cuban art, presenting the work of artists living on the island and elsewhere in the Americas.
This past weekend, the Cuban zombie movie Juan of the Dead played the Miami Film Festival, selling out several screenings at theaters around town. Cuban Art News presents the second installment of our interview with the film’s creators, which took place in Havana before the Miami premieres. In Part 1, the filmmakers talked about making Juan and bringing the film to Miami audiences. Here, writer-director Alejandro Brugués and producer Inti Herrera discuss the film’s technical challenges, genre filmmaking on the island, and what Juan means for Cuban cinema.
While Janet Batet’s article on the exhibition Playing the Fool considers Abela’s El Bobo and his contemporary descendants in Cuban art, satire did not start with El Bobo’s appearance in 1926. As a companion to her article on Playing the Fool, here is Batet’s brief history of political satire on the island.
For your holiday pleasure, here's a video by the Kringskastingsorkestret and Grupo Hovedoen Social Club of Oslo, Norway, performing a full orchestral arrangement of Tchaikovsky's beloved classic, followed by a quick salsa version of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo from all of us at Cuban Art News.
In 1998, the University of Miami brought together its many archives about Cuba and the global Cuban diaspora to form the Cuban Heritage Collection. For scholars and researchers, the actual books and objects are indispensable resources in their work. For the rest of us, there’s an immense amount of enticing material—photos, postcards, cigar boxes, letters, online exhibitions, and more—easily accessible online, with the promise of more to come.
Tonel brings Cuban art to Leipzig, Tania Bruguera directs a Samuel Beckett play, and Abelardo Morell shows experimental flowers in Midtown Manhattan. The Cuba Pavilion gets ready to open at the Venice Biennale, Carmen Herrera prepares a new show in New York, and Humberto Castro opens in Miami.
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.