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Cuban-American Sculptor Carlos Luna ‘s Piece is Restored

The Art Restoration Project from the Bank of America has been providing grants to museums since 2010. They have awarded monetary prizes to museums in thirty-six countries. Their latest benefactor is the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California. The museum plans to restore four of its most prized sculptures, which have been weatherworn. One of these pieces from their outdoor collection is “War Giro” from Cuban-American sculptor Carlos Luna.

Luna’s monumental bronze sculpture from 2005 stands over seven feet tall. The double sided figure represents duality, a common theme in Cuban exile art. One side of the piece is a hat-wearing skeleton with outstretched limbs. On the front side is a man with a Cuban flag, representing his Cuban identity. The figure’s sombrero is adorned with a rooster, which alludes to masculinity in Latin American culture. On one hand is the all-seeing eye of an orisha, derived from Santeria. The other hand contains a diety named Elegguá, known to aid individuals in choosing between traditions of the past and innovations of the future. Luna donated the sculpture to MOLAA.

An exile from the island of Cuba, Luna expresses the internal struggles of a displaced artist in his work. The Cuban-American sculptor was born in 1969 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He graduated from the National School of the Arts in Havana in 1987. The artist began experimenting with art when he immigrated to Mexico in 1991. As a result, his artwork showcases Mexican imagery like skeletons, which allude to their belief in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. He has also had success in other mediums like painting, drawing, and ceramics. He moved to Miami in 2001 and currently resides there with his wife and three children.

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Cuban-born Sculptor and painter Ana Flores in “Forest Dreaming.”

“Cuba always appeared in my work somehow because it’s part of me,” expressed Ana Flores. The Cuban-born sculptor and painter primarily works in the medium of sculpture. But she also creates site specific installations. She focuses on ecological art and creates cultural narratives. She relates them to her birthplace of Cuba. For example, her multimedia project “Cuba Journal” was about her visit to Cuba. Her work has been displayed all over the United States and abroad. Most recently her sculptures and other works will be part of “Forest Dreaming.” The show will be accompanied with a talk titled “Nature as Master Artist.” In it, the Cuban-born sculptor will discuss the power of place in art. The talk will take place at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum on Sunday July 18, 2021. The discussion explores the artist’s interest in how geography informs who we are. Jennifer McGregor will lead the discussion.

“Forest Dreaming” is a section of works that characterized Flores as an ecological artist. In fact, she has worked with ecological organizations throughout the United States. One of the pieces included in the show is  her recent outdoor sculptures, “Forest Dialogue.”  It consists of two bronze chairs turning back towards trees. People can sit on them to think about our place in the natural world.

A series of outdoor events will take place at the location. The dialogue about our connection to nature is open. “Forest Dreaming: Paintings and Sculptures by Ana Flores” will be on view until October 24, 2021. For more information visit the Lyman Allyn Art Musuem’s exhibition page.

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Cuban-born Artists in “Allegro..Ma Non Troppo”

In the game of life, there are many toys and illusions. A recent exhibition at the Pan American Art Projects (PAAP) in Miami, FL titled “Allegro…Ma Non Troppo” explores playful objects. The artists relate games as metaphors for elements of life. For example, a life-sized ring toss game makes citizenship a game of chance. The exhibition, which features Cuban born artists such as Gustavo Acosta plus others is on view until September 11, 2021.

Press release- “Allegro… ma non troppo explores a selection of works based on toys and illusions. The artists in this exhibition explore the innocence and complications behind playful objects and images. There is an implication of innocence when we think of the toys and games of our childhood, but these objects also teach us lessons about how to function in the adult world. While light and playful, they also set up binaries of have, and have not, what is real and what is an illusion, and the complicated process of navigating through life. Included in this exhibition are a life-sized ring toss game by Abel Barroso making citizenship a game of chance, a lifelike series of bright yellow innertubes made of inflated steel by William Cannings, a series of haunting dolls by Mariana Monteagudo, a set of Ping-Pong balls depicting world leaders by Sandra Ramos among other works.”

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