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PAMM Award to Cuban-American Artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) recently awarded Cuban-American artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons their fifty thousand dollar annual Perez Prize. The patron and collector Jorge M. Pérez described Campos-Pons as an “acclaimed professor and artist, who’s touched so many through her work exploring history, race and culture.”

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the multimedia artist is a professor of fine arts at Vanderbilt University. She was born in 1959 in La Vega, Cuba, a town in the province of Matanzas. In the 1980s, she studied painting at prestigious universities and institutes including the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba. She earned a Master’s in Fine Arts, Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Aside from painting, she utilizes photography, sculpture, film, video, and performance in her pieces.

A descendant of Nigerian slaves brought to the island in the 19th century, the artist tells stories about her ancestors in her work. She creates a socially relevant narrative filled with symbolic imagery that originated in Afro-Cuban folklore. Santeria, a Yoruba-derived religion, was the primary practice of her family. Her autobiographical art presents ideas, figures, and images related to the faith, which was common to slaves. In her performance pieces, she entices audiences with elaborate costumes, which she creates. Her “ritualistic spectacles” express various elements her rich cultural background while providing a rich poignant social commentary.

Campos-Pons’ works are in over thirty museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution; the Whitney; the Art Institute of Chicago; the National Gallery of Canada; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Perez Art Museum, Miami; and the Fogg Art Museum.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons’s Wikipedia Page

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Cuban Cultural Center presents Amelia Pelaez 2021 award to Baruj Salinas

The Cuban Cultural Center of New York invites you to join the zoom event where they will present lifetime career tribute award to artist Baruj Salinas.

When: Wednesday April 21, 2021

Time: 7 PM Via Zoom

With an introduction by Adriana Herrera and commentary by Janet Batet

Followed by a live Q&A with the artist.

Free Admission to attend

Click: https://youtu.be/R6Xg7kqPTzs


Baruj Salinas Wikipedia Link

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Pablo Cano’s “Marvelous Marionette” at NSU Museum of Art

Virtual Resource – At home Art activity

Nova Southeastern University Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale is proud to present Pablo Cano’s “Marvelous Marionette.” The Cuban-American artist is best-known for his marionettes. Cano makes puppets out of objects he finds every day. He combines items like empty cardboard boxes of Arborio Rice, Bigelow Green Tea, and Ronzoni pasta to create the puppets. He uses the empty rolls of toilet paper and paper towels for the puppet’s arms and legs. Then, he glues them with Elmer’s glue, and he secures them together with ribbon and masking tape. Finally, he finishes them off with a colorful face.  He paints a comical caricature onto a cardboard box. Like Pinnnchio, the puppets come to life with the artist’s inspiration. The artistic Geppetto implements includes the marionettes into his performance. 

“I realized that puppetry and marionettes had everything I loved about art,” expressed Cano.  “Like an operatic play, I could incorporate music, painting, sculpture, theater, and acting,” he continued.  He created short musical vignettes for his performances.  A lifelong passion, his musical marionettes delight audiences of all ages. 

Cano’s  enchanting musical marionettes will be part of a special performance, part of Free First Thursdays Starry Nights. PNC Arts Alive presents the show. An interactive take home activity for kids is also part of the exhibit. 

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1961, Pablo Cano now lives and works in Miami. Cano’s work is part of the collections of the Cintas Foundation. His work is also included in the of permanent collections of The Lowe Art Museum University of Miami, Florida, the NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The Perez Art Museum Miami, Florida, The Young At Art Museum, Davie, Florida, and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida.

Click here to read more about Pablo Cano in the CANY blog.

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“Somos La Luz” Mural Commemorates COVID-19 Death

 Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada created a 20,000-square-foot mural in Queens, New York to commemorate one of the health care practitioners who lost his life during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ydelfonso Decoo is the name of the Queen’s, New York doctor who succumbed to the virus. He worked on the front lines in New York City in the Spring of 2020. Known all over the world, Rodriguez-Gerada partnered with SOMOS Community Care.  The health network serves immigrants and other organizations.

The mural is in a parking lot outside The Queens Museum. It’s near the iconic Unisphere globe from New York’s 1964 World’s Fair. The artwork is titled “Somos la Luz” (We Are the Light).  It draws attention to the disproportionate amount of Latino and Black casualties of the virus.  The enormity of the painting reflects the large amount of victims of Covid-19 in the minority community. 

“It’s not just making something big, just for the sake of it, it’s also because what you’re saying is [this] important enough that it merits it,” says Rodriguez-Gerada.

The artist posted a YouTube video about the project in September. He noted “In New York City the coronavirus is killing Latinos and Blacks at double the rate that it is killing whites and Asians.” He gave statistics about the casualties. In addition, he urged the community to come together. 

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Cuban American Artist honored with New USPS Stamp

Emilio Sanchez is the first Cuban American visual artist in history honored on a United States Postal Service stamp. The USPS dedicated the new series of Forever Stamps to Sanchez on the centennial anniversary of his birth in 1921. They will be released in the Summer of 2021.

The four stamps issued will reproduce four of his paintings. One of these works is Untitled (Ventanita entreabierta) from 1981, an oil and watercolor on paper. It belongs to the permanent collection of Caribbean Art at the Lowe Museum of Art in the University of Miami. 

Equally significant is that Victor Deupi a Professor of Architectural History at the University of Miami researched and wrote about Sanchez.  Deupi first learned about the Cuban visual artist when he visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I had never heard of him until then, and before you know it, I began my research on Sanchez,” recounted Deupi to News@theU. 

He, along with many others at the University, is very excited about the announcement because it brings attention Cuban American art and culture. 
“It’s a wonderful honor on many fronts because it gives so many voices to people of different races and ethnic backgrounds,” explained to Deupi News@theU.

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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.

Check out more articles about Mesa-Gaido from the CANY blog!

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The DAM Presents a two film installation by Ana Mendieta


The Denver Art Museum presents Suspended Fire, a two film installation from Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta which will run from December 6, 2020 to March 7, 2021. This work will make you think. It explores the voyage of civilization to understand the concept of light from both a physical standpoint and a metaphorical one. 

Ana Mendieta was born in Cuba in 1948. She died in NYC in 1985. She is best known for using her body as an instrument in her art. In the Silueta Series, she places images of her naked body against various backdrops like space or a fallen tree.

 Wikipedia link

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El Museo del Barrio Commemorates Cuban Protest Artists

El Museo del Barrio is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to preserving Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American culture.  Contrary to the name, it’s more than just a museum. It’s a cultural institution with educational programs, film screenings, art exhibitions, and social gatherings.  It’s a hub for Hispanic arts and culture art in the heart of New York City. 

Recently, they commemorated Cuban artists who bring awareness to the injustices occurring in Cuba in a series of Facebook posts. As they stated in the posts: “Cuban art has been a vital part of the mission of El Museo del Barrio over the years as shown through its exhibition program and Permanent Collection.”  

Over the week of December 7 to December 12, five artists were featured.  The artists have all created works of art that speak to the diaspora. This week, we are proud to highlight works by Cuban artists, who courageously, through visual arts, bring light and awareness to the escalation of human rights violations they endure.” 

One of the artists, Tania Bruguera, was incarcerated by the Cuban government.  A photograph from her 1998 performance art piece titled The Burden of Guilt is featured in the post. She is holding the carcass of an animal. In the shocking piece, she draws attention to human rights violations in Cuba. In her artistic statement, she describes it well: “The burden is really the slaughtered lamb that hangs from the neck like a shield, like an open wound that reveals what’s inside.  The lamb is the weight that is carried as a consequence, as well as a symbolic attitude; the emotion, saltwater, which drops like tears and washes the earth, which is the guilt, before it is digested.
Another of them is Roberto Cartel whose exemplary piece Cartel de Propoganda Conferencia de Derechos Humanos from 1994 is known for drawing attention to human rights violations in Cuba.

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Panel discussion “Ninguna mujer es una isla: ocho artistas en CANY”

Panel discussion in conjunction with our current exhibition, Fall for Her

Tuesday, December 15 2020 4 pm EST (GMT -5) ****This panel is in Spanish.****

Via Facebook Live: Click here

Participants:

Suset Sánchez, María Lourdes Mariño, Janet Batet, Meyken Barreto, Tanya Álvarez (moderadora)

CANY online exhibit FALL FOR HER

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Cuban-American artist ERNESTO BRIEL exhibit’s IRIDESCENT GEOMETRIES at Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection

DATE: Thursday, November 19, 2020 –
Saturday, March 20, 2021

TIME: Tuesdays to Fridays 10:30 am – 5 pm, Saturdays: 11am – 4pm

PLACE: Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection

The Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection presents our new exhibition of cuban artist Ernesto Briel: Iridescent Geometries. 

Since its inception in 2005, the driving force behind the Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection, JCMAC, has been to recognize and generate awareness on the contribution that Geometric Abstraction has made to art history in the twentieth century. With the title Iridescent Geometries, JCMAC gives continuity to the exhibition project that began six years ago.

Since then, its objective has been to promote the study of modern and contemporary art at an international level, with an emphasis on abstract-geometric practices. On this occasion, and after having exhibited part of the collection, he focuses his attention on the work of Ernesto Briel, a Cuban optical artist whose production is practically unknown, even among specialists in Latin American art.

Ernesto Briel at Sotheby’s, by Gustavo Valdés

Ernesto Briel at CANY Blog

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