The fall season kicks off next week with openings in Miami and South Korea, followed by Carmen Herrera in New York— then moves ahead with Bruguera at the Tate, Mendieta at the Centre Pompidou, ArtBo in Bogotá and ¡Cuba! in Denver.

Here’s the schedule for September and October, in chronological order. 


A work by Carlos Estévez in “The Secret Life of Cities” at CCE Miami
Courtesy CCE Miami

September 6: Miami

Carlos Estévez: The Secret Life of Cities

Centro Cultural de España Miami

Tracing the artist’s experience of the city as a source of inspiration, this show features Estévez’s experiments with different kinds of handmade paper discovered in local art-supply stores. Six installations of drawings on paper are presented along with an installation of objects that were found and converted into masks. The opening reception is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, and Estévez will present an artist’s tour on Saturday, September 8 at 1 p.m. Presented with the Downtown Miami Development Authority. On view through October 18.

September 7: Gwangju, South Korea

12th Gwangju Biennale

Cuban artists are well represented in this edition of the biennale, in which an international roster of curators are teaming up to produce ten different exhibitions.

Curator Clara Kim of the Tate Modern, London, will look at the intersection of modernism, architecture and nation-building in the mid-20th century. Her show includes work by Alexandre Arrechea, Los Carpinteros, and Carlos Garaicoa.

Works by Yoan Capote and Kcho will be part of the exhibition by Korean curators Yeon Chung and Yeewan Koon.

Christine Y. Kim and Rita González, curators at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), explore the digital divide, internet (and contra-internet) aesthetics, and the post-internet evolution. Their artist list includes Julia Weist & Nestor Siré, whose exhibition last year at the Queens Museum made a version of Cuba’s el paquete available for downloading by visitors.

A total of 153 artists from 41 different countries will participate in the Biennial, which runs through November 11.

Gustavo Acosta, “Double Statement,” on view at Pan American Art Projects
Courtesy Pan American Art Projects

September 8: Miami

Gustavo Acosta: Structural Narratives

Pan American Art Projects

Gustavo Acosta continues to interpret forgotten urban corners—Havana, Mexico City, Miami. The works in this exhibition combine images from different sources, bringing past and present together in something like a memory flash. The works are unified by the use of bright yellow, often presented as an abstract element like a band or a square. The opening reception runs Saturday, September 8, 6–9 p.m. On view through November 3.

September 13: New York

Carmen Herrera: Estructuras

Lisson Gallery

Described as paintings “really crying out to become sculpture,” Herrera’s three-dimensional works are the focus of her latest exhibition at Lisson Gallery. Works on view include a selection of new painted aluminum wall works and floor works, and Azul ‘Tres’, a rare early Estructura from 1971. The opening reception runs 6–8 p.m. on Thursday, September 13. On view through October 27.

One of the wall sculptures on view in “Carmen Herrera: Estructuras”
Courtesy Lisson Gallery


October 2: London

Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera

Tate Modern

Commissioned for the Tate Modern’s vast Turbine Hall, Bruguera’s work runs through February 24.

October 6: Quito

Strategic Immersions: First Stop

Centro Cultural Metropolitano de Quito

Lázaro Saavedra is among the nine artists showcased in the 2018 CIFO Grants & Commissions exhibition, presented this year in Quito, Ecuador. As a mid-career awardee, Saavedra will present Mártires (Martyrs), which explores the concept of martyrdom as it relates to the Cuban revolution and its ideals.

“In the Cuban context of the sixties and seventies, the sacrifice of life for ideals was invoked,” the artist said in a written statement. “At present, the social conscience perceives that ideals are sacrificed in the name of economic survival, and that the former revolutionary guerillas and their relays have been transformed into conservative entrepreneurs.”

A performance-installation, Mártires will be presented in an enclosed, constructed golf course.

Video frame from Antonia Wright’s “Suddenly We Jumped,” 2013, in “Relational Undercurrents”
Courtesy Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach CA

October 13: Miami

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago

Frost Art Museum

Originating last winter at the Museum of Latin American Art in Southern California, Relational Undercurrents just closed at the Wallach Art Gallery in New York, and continues its US tour at the Frost. It opens Saturday, October 13, with a 3 p.m. panel discussion moderated by exhibition curator Tatiana Flores, followed by a reception, 4–7 p.m. On view through January 13.

Belkis Ayón, “Vamos” (Let’s Go), 1993
Courtesy Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

October 13: Scottsdale, AZ

Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967–1999)

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

The acclaimed exhibition–named one of the top shows of 2017 by the New York Times–heads to the US Southwest, where it runs through January 20.

Video still from Coco Fusco, “La botella al mar de María Elena,” 2015
Courtesy Ringling Museum of Art

October 14: Sarasota, FL

Coco Fusco: Twilight

Ringling Museum of Art

This exhibition of Fusco’s recent video works includes the premiere of her current project, a short video essay on contemporary Cuba that explores the anxieties that surround the country’s uncertain future. A new outdoor sculpture by Fusco, Tin Man of the Twenty-First Century (2018), offers a satirical (and interactive) comment on contemporary US politics. On view through February 17.

Film still from Ana Mendieta, “Creek,” 1974
© The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

October 16: Paris

Ana Mendieta: Covered in Time and History

Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume

The retrospective of Mendieta’s film works—which premiered in 2015 at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota—continues its swing through Europe with a stop in Paris. On view through January 27.

October 25: Bogotá

ArtBo, International Art Fair of Bogotá 2018

Havana–based Galería Servando and Galería Acacia are among the 70 emerging, established, and cutting-edge galleries from 17 countries. October 25–28.

Work by María Magdalena Campos-Pons in the slide show of Cuban art & artists in “¡Cuba!”
Photo: Cuban Art News

October 26: Denver


Denver Museum of Nature & Science

This panorama of Cuban culture, nature, and art premiered at New York’s American Museum of Natural History in 2016. Now, ¡Cuba! is coming to the museum that’s rated #9 on Tripadvisor’s “Things to Do in Denver” list. Returning for this version of the exhibition: a typical Havana streetscape, a diorama of Cuban coral reefs, an interactive slide show of Cuban art and artists, and more. On view through January 20.


Through October 1: Cambridge, MA

Autumn (…Nothing Personal)

Harvard University

The open-air public art installation by Teresita Fernández consists of wooden benches in three concentric cirlces, with thousands of shimmering, orange and yellow tubes extending vertically from their backs. Inspired by James Baldwin’s text for the 1964 book Nothing Personal, the installation in Harvard Yard is intended to convert what is normally an area of transit into a spot for gatherings and conversation.

On view at SECCA: Diana Fonseca, “Pasatiempo,” 20014
Courtesy SECCA

Through November 4: Winston-Salem, NC

Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)

Co-curated by Gretel Acosta and Elvia Rosa Castro, this group show features work by 19 artists on the island and beyond. The cross-generational mix of well-known and emerging painters, scuptors, photographers, and installation and performance artists includes José Bedia, Diana Fonseca, Manuel Mendive, Grethell Rasúa, and René Peña, among others.

A detail of a work in Manuel Mendive’s installation “Fragmento de un paisaje,” 2017, at the Bronx Museum
Courtesy Bronx Museum of the Arts

Through November 7: New York

Manuel Mendive: Nature, Spirit, and Body

Bronx Museum of the Arts

The artist’s first exhibition in a New York City museum presents a suite of paintings and sculptures, conceived as a coherent body of work exploring the relationship of humankind to nature, as interpreted in Yoruba mythology. With performance documentation by photographer John Rowe, and an interpretive video produced by Mendive Art Studio.

Next: Rafael Soriano, Carmen Herrera, Zilia Sánchez & more, coming up in November, December, and early 2019.