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Weaving a Familial History in Cuban-American Piñatas

Multidisciplinary artist Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido is currently participating in  A Common Thread: Textiles Past & Present. She expresses themes related to her experience as a Cuban exile in her work.  In Cuban-American Piñatas, she wove together colorful fabrics into suitcase-shaped piñatas. They represent her journey back to her homeland. Like many other Cuban-Americans, she visited the island with her family. They carried suitcases packed with goods and supplies to distribute to those in need. 

The piñata suitcases allude to the concept of redistribution of goods, which is the basis of communism. Even though pinatas are typically Mexican, the artist uses them to highlight a communal activity. Each person picks a ribbon and grabs the shared goods within. “It’s ironic because we think of communism as a group activity, and yet for many, it hasn’t worked out so well when commodities cannot be distributed to everybody that needs them,” expressed Mesa-Gaido. 

Her Cuban-American Piñatas and other works are currently part of  A Common Thread: Textiles Past & Present.  The exhibit showcases contemporary innovations in textile art. It will be on display through Jan. 9, 2021 at The Art Center of Greenwood in South Carolina. 

She is currently Professor of Art at Morehead State University.

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“Women at the Edge of an Island”, at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

June 26 – August 8, 2014

Opening reception: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Aluna Art Foundation
172 B West Flagler Street

Miami, Florida 33130

The Cuban Museum, Inc. and the Aluna Art Foundation are proud to announce the upcoming exhibition Women on the Edge of an Island / Mujeres al borde de una isla, a group show that includes 23 visual artists from the Cuban Diaspora who explore through art the complex realities of displacement, biculturalism, separation, national identity, and personal and family upheaval that results from the experience of migration and exile.

This program is part of the Cuban Museum’s Sweet Home Museo Cubano Series, made possible by an Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade; and additional support from Bank of America, Memorial Plan, ArtesMiami, and Friends of the Museum.

The show has been curated by Jesús Rosado and Ileana Fuentes and represents a collaborative effort with the Aluna Art Foundation. The exhibition opens on Thursday, June 26, 2014 with an opening reception at 5:00 pm.

Included in the exhibition are Miami-based artists María Brito; Margarita Cano; Consuelo Castañeda; Elizabeth Cerejido; Liliam Cuenca; Ana Albertina Delgado; Demi; Liliam Domínguez; Ivonne Ferrer; Nereida García-Ferraz; Laura Luna; María Martínez-Cañas and Angela Valella. They are joined by Spain-based Lien Carrazana; Ana Ferrer and Gladys Triana from New York; Rosa Irigoyen, from Puerto Rico; Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, from Kentucky; María Lino and Silvia Lizama from Hollywood, Florida; Boca Ratón-based Juana Valdés; Clara Morera, from North Carolina; and Lydia Rubio, presently residing in Colombia.

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