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Myths, Legends and Cuban Culture (on exhibit AJIACO at Newark Museum)

By MARTHA SCHWENDENER
Published: July 29, 2011

THE NEW YORK TIMES

One thing you will learn at “Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul” is that Cuba contains an extraordinary mix of cultures, derived from many African ethnic groups, Europe, Asia and the native Amerindians. What is not apparent in this exhibition, on view at the Newark Museum, is that contemporary art associated with Cuba — that is, made by artists living in Cuba or who are Cuban-born but living in the United States — is similarly heterogeneous.

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Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul at Newark Museum, NJ

June 8 – August 14, 2011

Newark Museum

49 Washington Street,
Newark, NJ 07102-3176

In 1939, anthropologist Fernando Ortiz characterized Cuban culture as ajiaco, a rich stew consisting of a large variety of ingredients. The ingredients of the “stew” include Catholicism brought in by the Spaniards; the spirituality of the Yoruba slaves and their cultural traditions from Africa; and the Chinese indentured servants who brought Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. The base of the stew is the indigenous people, such as Tainos, who were almost wiped out by the Spaniards. This exhibition is a survey of modern and contemporary Cuban artists that explores these rich cultural roots of Cuban art. In contemporary society, the “stew” has become thicker and richer as the influences become more complex and intermixed: the artist now borrows not only from the traditional cultures that populated the island, but also appropriates from contemporary everyday life. The exhibition includes works by leading artists in a variety of media, from paintings, works on paper and photography to mixed-media sculpture and installations.

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Art in Depth, Explore the Art of Cuba – Newark Museum, NJ

Monday  07.18.2011  9:30 am–4 pm

Newark Museum

49 Washington Street,
Newark, NJ 07102-3176
973.596.6550
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