Tag : Cuban Art

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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.

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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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Shifting Streams – Twelve Artists by the Hudson River

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, in conjunction with the Bronx Council on the Arts, will present Shifting Streams – Twelve Artists by the Hudson River in a 3D virtual space that replicates The Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. The exhibit brings together a group of twelve artists of Cuban origins who live and work on the west bank of the Hudson River, New Jersey where they have settled at different times of their lives and careers. The surrounding waters of their lives have shifted from the warm waves of the Caribbean Ocean to the peaceful streams of the Hudson River. Various subjects can be discerned within the variety of mediums and creative processes of these artists such as: the exploration of domestic spaces, communities, dreams, the self; anthropological revisions of material culture, history, economy, art; the aesthetics found in the principles of geometry and nature, the embodiment of cultural processes as well as the recreation of imaginative realms.

SCHEDULE AND ONLINE PUBLIC PROGRAMMING

  • Opening – Wednesday, October 7, 2020
  • Panel Discussion – Artist Public Talk Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 5 PM
  • Closing – Wednesday, December 9, 2020

GUEST CURATOR
Meyken Barreto

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Jairo Alfonso
Douglas Arguelles
Kenia Arguiñao
Javier Caso
Sandra Cordero
Napoles Marty
Geandy Pavon
William Perez
Alain Pino
Pedro Valerino
Danay Vigoa
Vanessa Felnández

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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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