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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.

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Open Call for Miami Artists: Locust Projects Gifts in Wavemaker Grants

Attention Miami artists, curators, and collectives! Locust Projects, Miami’s longest running alternative art space, has announced an open call for grants. Information sessions will begin in January 2021 and applications will be due in the Spring. They have awarded $399,000 in arts grants since 2015. During this period, they have gifted up to $6,000 to seventy-seven of Miami’s most visionary artists, curators, and collectives.  

Locust Projects is a local leader in exhibiting innovative works. They take risks outside of traditional art markets and institutions and provide artists with an outlet for experimentation.  Their mission as a non-profit organization includes engaging the local community. They publish, present and produce completed works for view at their location in Miami’s Design District.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts makes the Wavemaker Grants possible.  They are the first regional regranting program in the southeast. They are part of a national network together with sixteen other Warhol-initiating regranting programs. Awards categories include three groups: Research & Development + Implementation, New Work / Projects, and Long-Haul Projects. 

In 2020, Wavemaker at Locusts awarded $6,000 to four artists in each of the categories. One of the grantees in the area of Long-Haul Projects was Cuban-american artist Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo. In his work Project Exile, he explored the experiences of exiles in the community as marginalized people.    

This year they are allowing grantees affected by COVID-19 to use fifty percent of the funds for supplementary income. Locust Projects encourages artists to adapt their creative vision to concepts explored in light of the pandemic. 

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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

CANY Online Gallery

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Miami Businessman Promotes Cuban Art with Fine Arts on the Plate

Fine Arts on the Plate is the current exhibition of Cuban art displayed at the Kendall Art Center (KAC).  Forty-five artists of Cuban origin who live outside of the island have participated in the show. KAC will display the plate art at their showroom in South West Miami until February 2021. 

The founder Leonardo Rodriguez conceived of the idea to have artists paint on original plates instead of large canvases as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  He wanted to not only bring back the forgotten art of ceramics but also provide a financial opportunity for artists.  “Not everyone has 8 or 10 thousand dollars to buy a canvas, but anyone has one thousand or one thousand two hundred dollars to pay for a plate,” he explained to Alona Martinez of the Miami Herald. 

Originally from Cuba, Rodriguez founded the art center because he wanted to promote Cuban artists working outside the island. He is committed to helping artists who are exiled from Cuba. “The Cuban artist, when he leaves Cuba, is forgotten…I wanted to show the world that the artist that is in Miami keeps being a Cuban artist and is very professional,” he mentioned to the Herald. Even though most of the artists that KAC exhibits are from Miami, they have also displayed the art of Cuban artists living in Japan, Spain, and Boston.  

The Kendall Art Center is a non-profit organization, which opened to the public in the summer of 2016. Rodriguez created the gallery accidentally in order to house his vast collection of Cuban art. He began collecting pieces as a young adult in Cuba. His mother worked at the renowned Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. As a young child, he garnered a love for art. He had access to one of Cuba’s most extensive art collections.  He needed a space to store all of the art overflowing in his home. It was more of an experiment to the business owner, who was unsure if anyone would visit the center. To his surprise, about 200 people attended the private collection.  Now, about 20,000 people visit the KAC yearly.  With over 600 pieces, his private art collection is one of the largest collections of contemporary Cuban art in Miami.

Link:—> Wikipedia

Link:—> KAC web page

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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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FOCUS: exhibit by Cuban-American Photographer Mario Algaze

November 3 – December 31, 2020

Mario Algaze is a contemporary Cuban-American photographer whose work celebrates the culture of Latin America.

In 1960, at the age of thirteen, Algaze was exiled from Cuba with his family. He relocated to America and settled in Miami, Florida. Miami offered a rich cultural mecca that encouraged Algaze to travel throughout Central and South America. These trips allowed him a glimpse of belonging within a familiar culture.

In finding his identity after exile, he began photographing Latin America in the 1970’s while reconnecting with the feeling of home. His photographs embody the everyday of Latin life. Between his travels in the late 70’s, Algaze studied visual art at Miami Dade College. Algaze’s masterful command of light illuminates his street scenes that detail the struggles and victories of Latin culture.

Mario Algaze is the recipient of various acclaimed awards, including the Florida Artist Fellowship from the Florida Arts Council (1985), the Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Photography (1991), the Visual Arts Fellowship and the SAF Artist Fellowship sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992, he received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography.

Mario Algaze at Wikipedia

Mario Algaze at CANY Blog

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105-Year-Old Artist Carmen Herrera Has a New Mural in East Harlem

Carmen Herrera, the 105-year-old Cuban American abstract painter, has a new mural in East Harlem. Uno, Dos, Tres just went up on the walls of the Manhattan East Academy, a school on E. 100th Street. Painted by students from across the city, through a partnership with the arts and education nonprofit Publicolor, it’s a mesmerizing black-and-white optical pattern that’s two stories tall, and visible from the FDR.

When Herrera was approached to do the installation, what excited her the most wasn’t the mural itself; it was that students would be painting it. The students were supposed to paint the piece ahead of her birthday in May, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed the process. It took the students ten weeks to complete the mural, which is composed of 96 separate boards that were assembled on site.

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Cuban-American Master Embraces the Chaos of Covid

Cuban-American master Luis Cruz Azaceta has created five new pieces during the lockdown of 2020. The artist transmuted the chaos of the pandemic into his artistic vision. He addresses the “poetic window of the virus and its state of mutation; a cacophony of horror and beauty” in his Pandemia paintings.

“Luis Cruz Azaceta: Personal Velocity in the Age of Covid,” will be on display at the Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery in Santo Domingo from Nov. 26th, 2020 to Jan. 30th, 2021. In addition to the new pandemic pieces, the exhibit will include six retrospective pieces, which he produced from 2007-2019. All the pieces in the show are all connected through the artist’s iconography.

Born in Havana in 1942, Azaceta left the island in 1960 when he was a teenager . He immigrated to New York, where he graduated from The School of Visual Arts. Throughout his 40-plus year career, his works have reflected social issues including the AIDS crisis, the war in Iraq, and the migration of Cuban rafters.

His work has been displayed nationally and internationally, and he has won numerous awards from some of the most prestigious institutions.

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Carmen Herrera – Indoor and outdoor Exhibit

Carmen Herrera- exhibit indoor/ outdoor Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Buffalo Bayou Park.

“Structuring Surfaces” is at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston through January 18, 2021. Exhibit includes a 30 piece collection of her paintings, drawings, prints, wall sculptures, and objects. 

“Estructuras Monumentales” is at Buffalo Bayou Park through April 23, 2021.  The exhibition is the Houston debut of four recently completed aluminum sculptures that Herrera began in the 1960s.  

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