Reynier Leyva Novo, detail of The Glass Kiss, 2015
Courtesy Lisa Sette Gallery

Finalé in Havana. Earlier this month, Moises Finalé opened a solo show at Galería Artis 718 in the Playa district. The show, Los silencios no existen (Silences Don’t Exist), features large-format canvases and a piece constructed with plastic cubes, from which the exhibition takes its title. Curated by Finalé and Yamilé Tabío, the show runs through May 10.

And two shows at Galería HabanaLast week saw the opening of Un Artista del hambre (A Hunger Artist), a solo show of recent work by Douglas Argüelles. The show runs through May 15, and will be quickly followed by Crack!, a group show featuring work by Tonel, Ariamna Contino, Carlos Garaicoa, Enrique Báster, Felipe Dulzaides, Glenda León, Iván Capote, Los Carpinteros, and Roberto Fabelo. Crack! opens May 20 and runs through July 3.

Douglas Argüelles, from the series «Gestos simples»
Courtesy Galería Habana

González-Torres and Mendieta at the new Whitney in New York. This Friday, May 1, the Whitney Museum of American Art opens the doors to its new home in Lower Manhattan. The new building has 50,000 square feet of indoor gallery space and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space. That’s enough room for some 600 artworks by more than 400 artists—among them Félix González-Torres and Ana Mendieta.

Carlos Quintana in New York. This spring’s Cuban Culture Festival, organized by the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, heads into the home stretch with one of its strongest visual-arts offerings: Carlos Quintana: Images of a Place that Never Existed, the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York. Writing in Art On Cuba, Berta Carricarte described the show as “a selection of works in which bones, skulls, ngangas paleras and Buddhist monks liven up the chosen topics, without abandoning that cunning irony that always accompanies Quintana’s painting.” The exhibition opened yesterday at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park, where it runs through May 30. The reception will be held tomorrow evening, April 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the National Arts Club.

Carlos Quintana: Images of a Place that Never Existed

Azaceta in Miami. Opening Thursday, May 7, Luis Cruz Azaceta: State of Fear brings new and recent work to Pan American Art Projects. According to the artist, «State of Fear s a response to the current conditions in the Middle East. These works address the chaos, fragmentation, displacement and death and their impact on the West.” The nine pieces on view include six paintings and three works on paper. State of Fear runs through June 28.

Luis Cruz Azaceta, Syria, 2014
Courtesy Luis Cruz Azaceta

And Sandra Ramos in Miami. Last week saw the opening of the artist’s latest show at TUB Gallery. Sandra Ramos: Revisited Mythologies showcases her “Books” series, in which Ramos reconnects with enduring heroes, legends, and tales, from Odysseus to Alice in Wonderland. The show runs through May 30.

A work from the «Books» series by Sandra Ramos
Courtesy TUB Gallery

New Home for Aluna. Earlier this month, Aluna Art Foundation inaugurated its new home in Miami’s Little Havana district with two new shows: Revision: Ángel Delgado, featuring recent work by the Las Vegas-based artist, and Parrhesiastes: The Cutting Edge of Truth, an international show of graphic artists exploring issues of free expression. Both shows run through June 27.

Detail of a work by Ángel Delgado in Revision at Aluna Art Foundation
Courtesy Aluna Art Foundation

Afro-Cuban in Boston. While the long-touring show Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro Cuba continues its run at Harvard University’s Cooper Gallery through May 29, several of the artists in that show are also on view in a second Boston-area gallery. Presented by Latin Art Space at the Multicultural Arts Center in East Cambridge, Still Running: Afro-Cuban Art features nine artists associated with or influenced by Grupo Antillano: Rafael Queneditt, René Peña, Clara Morera, Marta María Pérez Bravo, and Elio Rodríguez Valdés. Still Running runs through May 29.

Leyva Novo in Arizona. double show at the Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix pairs Reynier Leyva Novo with Indian artist Siri Devi Khandavilli. In addition to works from “El deseo de morir por otros / The Desire to Die for Others» and other series, the show includes a new installation that marks the renewal of Cuban-US diplomatic relations. The Glass Kiss is a set of 70 wine glasses engraved with the portraits, names, and dates of the 44 American presidents and 26 Cuban presidents to date. The show runs through May 30.

Douglas Pérez in London. At Breese Little Gallery, Douglas Pérez: The Fifth World uses  the Costumbrismo style of painting—here depicting Afro-Cubans from a colonial perspective—as a way of examining race and racism in contemporary culture, Cuban and otherwise. «I have always been interested in history and how it is ordered by those that make the rules during certain periods of time,» Pérez said in a gallery interview. «All images produced by a culture come from the field of this cliché. What if we try to subvert the pattern?» The Fifth World runs through May 16.

Fusco in Berlin. These days, Coco Fusco is known for her performances as Dr. Zira, the animal psychologist in the movie Planet of the Apes. Naturally, she’s among the artists in Ape Culture, an international group show that explores the relationship of humans and other primates in art. Fusco appears as Dr. Zira in a video that will run throughout the exhibition and will give a live performance on July 2. Ape Culture opens tomorrow, April 29, with a 6 p.m. reception at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, where the show runs through July 6.

Havana Film Festival New York winnersArturo Sotto, director of the festival’s opening-night selection, Boccaccerías Habaneras, was the big winner among Cuban filmmakers at the closing awards ceremony earlier this month. The Havana Star award for Best Feature went to Refugiado by Argentinian filmmaker Diego Lerman, but Sotto picked up the awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay for Boccaccerías Habaneras. Isabel Santos won Best Actress for the Cuban production Vestido de novia (His Wedding Dress), and Venecia (Venice) by Kiki Álvarez garnered a Special Jury Mention. Otra isla (Another Island), a Cuban-Swiss production directed by Heidi Hassan, won the Havana Star for Best Documentary.

A scene from Vestido de Novia by Marilyn Solaya
Courtesy vavel.com

Tierralismo on US Tour. Cuba has been getting positive US press coverage lately for its sustainable agricultural practices, which makes the Tierralismo Good Earth Film Tour all the more timely. Sponsored by the Cuba Media Project of the Americas Media Initiative (AMI), the tour brings the documentary Tierralismo: Stories from a Cooperative Farm to six regions of the US. A profile of the renowned Organoponico Vivero Alamar (Alamar Organic Cooperative), the film has been shown at community centers, universities, and urban gardens in New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, and is coming this week to New Hampshire and Vermont. The film’s director, Alejandro Ramírez, and Isis Salcines, one of the Alamar Cooperative’s founding members, are traveling with the film, which ends its tour in Boston on May 6–7. With the interest that the tour has generated, a second tour may be scheduled for October. For more information, contact AMI.

Save the Date #1: Martiel in NYC. The 2015 spring season at MAAS/Mandragoras Art Space in Long Island City kicks off with Ascención, a performance by Carlos Martiel that questions the idea of heroism and the use of power. Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. at MAAS/Mandragoras Art Space.

Save the Date #2: Capote in NYC. Yoan Capote’s Collective Unconscious opens May 28 at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea. The solo show explores the way that common history and shared social experiences leave their mark on the individual. Taking a light-handed approach to the Jungian concept of archetypes, the work on view reflects the specificity of cubanidad as well as the universal human experience. On view through July 10.

Yoan Capote, Laboratorio, 2012
Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery

Save the Date #3: Fernández in NYC. The long-running public art program in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park welcomes its latest installation on Monday, June 1, when Teresita Fernández unveils Fata Morgana, a 500-foot-long sculpture installed like a canopy above the pathways of the park. The work will be on view through next winter.