Tag : Cuban Culture

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The Cuban Foundation Museum – Daytona Beach

The Cuban Foundation Museum is home to one of the most important collections of Cuban fine art outside of Cuba. The collection chronicles 300 years of Cuban history and art in more than 200 objects. Highlights include extremely rare eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century maps, documents, lithographs, paintings, furniture, sculpture, and ceramics.

In 1957, approximately one year before the fall of his presidency, Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, a regular vacationer and resident of Daytona Beach in the 1940s and 50s, gave much of his extensive collection of Cuban art “to the city and people of Daytona Beach.” This collection forms the core of The Cuban Foundation Museum which has been housed at the Museum of Arts & Sciences for over 40 years. Included in the exhibit are works by famous Cuban painters such as Miguel Melero, Leopoldo Romanach, and Jose Joaquin Tejada. Twentieth-century artists represented include Victor Manuel, Armando Menocal, Amelia Pelaez, Mario Carreno, Rene Portocarrero, and Daniel Serra-Badue.

The Cuban Museum’s primary goal is to give Cuban Americans a rare glimpse into their rich cultural heritage through artworks ranging from the Spanish Colonial period to modern times. MOAS endeavors to share these cultural treasures with the general public in an attempt to foster a better understanding of Cuban history and tradition.

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“Specters of Noon” at Menil Collection

“When the day listlessly drags and delirious visions momentarily reign in the blinding light,” is when acedia is said to possess a person. Acedia is the demon of apathy or laziness. The spirit of acedia is the subject of a recent public program titled Specters of Noon.  Cuban-American artist Guillermo Calzadilla and his partner Jennifer Allora created seven works that summon this spirit.

The artists referenced a text from the fourth century from author Evagrius Ponticus. In laying out the seven deadly sins, he “described the ‘most oppressive’ of all temptations as acedia.” “It is a spiritual dryness and lack of care towards the world that plagues during the hot midday hours,” he continued. It is characterized by a feeling of psychic exhaustion and listlessness.

The creative duo use auditory elements, visual stimulus, and tactile sculptures. They evoke an immersive  atmosphere of stimulation and bewilderment. These giant sculptures of machines spread a cacophonous sound in the atmosphere. The volatile sounds of electricity and power grids disturb the place like the spirit of acedia. The hour is noon, a time when the sun is highest in the sky.  

On Tuesday, March 2nd, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Specters of Noon will stream online. One may view the presentation directly on the Menil Collection’s website.  Meni’s YouTube channel will also showcase the live program. 

Allora & Calzadilla – CANY Blog

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Guttenburg Arts Presents Winter/Fall Residencies

The Space and Time Artist Residency (STAR) from Guttenburg Arts provides $1,200 stipend to cover materials, travel and lodging for awardees. Gutenberg Arts provides artists with opportunities to create cultural experiences.  

Artists gain access to a professional workspace for the visual arts that includes printmaking, dark room and ceramics facilities. The duration of the residency is three months, and it is located in Guttenberg, New Jersey.  Each participant gains a spot in a group show at the end. In addition, they will spend at least fifteen hours in the studio.  The 4,500 sq. ft. space is open twenty-four hours, seven days a week.  Towards the end of the program, artist give a free public artist lecture or workshop. 

The residency is a prime opportunity in the tri-state area. Successful Artists visit the residents, which gives them a chance to be seen.  After all, in the arts, as in almost everything else, it’s all about who you know.  
The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021. Gutenberg Arts just tweeted on January 1st. “We’ve extended our Open Call for the Fall ’21 & Winter ’22 Space and Time Artist Residency!  Apply at http://guttenbergarts.submittable.com/submit by January 31st!  As always it’s #freetoapply

Link to Guttenberg arts page:–>http://www.guttenbergarts.org

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“Artivism” in Today’s Cuba for Free Expression

Now is the time more than ever to support Cuban artists.  Many Cubans have fled the island because of political oppression. Many more have left for economic reasons.  A few have escaped due to artistic limitations on their freedom of expression. In fact, at the moment on the island, there is a whole community of artists who are protesting for freedom of expresion.  On November 27, 2020, over 300 artists and their supporters protested in front of the Ministry of Cuba.  

Artist and Writer Coco Fusco journaled the event for the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  For her article “The Right to Have Rights,” she interviewed a series of artists: Camila Lobón, Julio Llópiz Casal, Luis Manuel Otero Alacantra, and Reynier Leyva Novo.

They call the new “artivist” movement 27N. It is a reaction to police brutality towards The San Isidro Movement, a group of artists staging a hunger strike against the arrest of a rapper. 
The event on the 27th was unprecedented because thirty of the protestors were allowed inside to speak with political leaders.  “I personally had never experienced such a democratic event in Cuba before,” said Julio Llópiz Casal.

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Cuba Art NY

Fall online exhibit – Closing event

The icing on the cake… after an incredible online exhibit – the closing event. CANY presents in conjunction with Rialta Magazine – Four Art historians, art curators discuss the 8 women artists included in the CANY online fall show. <<In Spanish>>

Don’t miss it !

Ninguna mujer es una isla: ocho artistas en CANY Conversatorio con la participación de Suset Sánchez, María de Lourdes Mariño, Janet Batet, Meyken Barreto y Tanya Álvarez.

The artists exhibited are:

Kenia Arguiñao

Consuelo Castañeda

Sandra Cordero

Liliam Cuenca

Ana Albertina Delgado

Aimee Garcia

Connie Lloveras

Danay Vigoa

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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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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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