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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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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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NEW BEGINNINGS – CANY Online Gallery

New York, NY. Cuba Art New York (CANY), whose mission is to promote the work of Cuban American artists, is pleased to announce CANY Online Gallery and its coming inaugural online exhibit New Beginnings, Summer 2020.

After a hiatus, CANY is back with an invigorated vision and strategy. Our new endeavor, the CANY Online Gallery, comes at a time when the art community has been hit hard by the global pandemic.

New Beginnings, Summer 2020, will be on view from August 1st to August 31st at CanyOnlineGallery.org. It will showcase the work of eight talented Cuban American artists: Jairo Alfonso, Julio Antonio, Ángel Delgado, Alain Pino, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Baruj Salinas, Rubén Torres Llorca, and Pedro Vizcaíno, from different generations and with different approaches to artistic expression. They are connected not only by place of origin, culture, displacement and life experiences but by their exceptional talent. They are all powerful ambassadors of Cuban contemporary art.

New Beginnings, is the first of four annual exhibitions that CANY Online Gallery will organize every year, coinciding with the seasons. The gallery will also feature art for sale from past and future exhibits as well as donated works.

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Group show PRIMERA REVANCHA, at Pinta Miami

Dec 1 – Dec 4, 2016

Curated by Omar Pascual Castillo

Pinta Miami  Booth B29
318 NW 23rd St,
Miami, FL 33127

Featured artists:

Alejandro Aguilera, José Bedia, Ariel Cabrera, Carlos Cárdenas, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Ofill Echevarría, Alexis Esquivel, Tomás Esson, Flavio Garciandía, Maykel Linares, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Geandy Pavón, Segundo Planes, Juan Miguel Pozo, Ernesto Pujol

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AUTOPIA: Road Trips from the Cold War to the Present, at Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami

Nov 28, 2016 – Jan 13, 2017

Opening Reception: Monday, Nov. 28, 2016    7-10 pm

Curated by Elvis Fuentes and Gabriela M. Fernandez

Audrey Love Gallery
Bakehouse Art Complex
561 NW 32nd Street
Miami Florida 33127

Autopia explores the ubiquitous presence of the automobile in contemporary culture. “Autopia” combines the words auto and Utopia to highlight the importance that the car industry played as one of the paramount symbols of progress in the 20th Century. What is its place in contemporary culture? Does car culture remain central to our ideal of progress? In this exhibition, the legacy of automobiles is being reviewed and reassessed through the work of artists from three continents.

The exhibition is divided in four thematic groups, dealing with the central role of cars in the American High/Way of Life, the USA-USSR fight for consumers’ hearts and minds during the Cold War, the impact of automobiles in the natural realm, and the ways in which it has affected human lives, rewriting maps through commerce and migration, and changing urban centers like Miami.

Participating artists include:
Jairo Alfonso, Adrián Balseca, Yael Bartana, César Beltrán, Timothy Buwalda, Carlos Luis DeMedeiros, Rigoberto Díaz Martínez, Daniel Evans, Luis Gispert, Pablo Helguera, Alex Heria, Marisa Jahn, Ernesto Kunde, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Carlos Marcial, Frank E. Martínez, Julio César Morales, Alex Núñez, Rob Pruitt, Rubert Quintana, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Jorge Rodríguez Díez, Betsabée Romero, Lázaro Saavedra, Peter Sarkisian, Daniel Silvo, Pedro Vizcaíno

 

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