Tuesday March 28, 2017

In Focus: Diógenes and the Light at Factoría Habana

“Light is a metaphor of honesty,” curator Concha Fontenla writes in her introduction to Diógenes y la luz (Diogenes and the light). With this concept as their starting point, José Toirac & Octavio Marín embarked on a metaphoric search through contemporary Havana for the equivalent of the Greek philosopher’s “honest man.”

Opening This Weekend: Adiós Utopia

This weekend, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. By way of a preview, we open our coverage with the complete lists of artists in the show—a multigenerational roster whose works span close to 70 years of Cuban art and history.

Preview: Cuban Art at the Armory Show

This week sees the opening of the 2017 Armory Show, and with it, a raft of additional fairs and events. Here’s a quick guide to some of the top spots to see Cuban art, including a couple of satellite fairs.

Exhibition Walk-Through: Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje at the Bronx Museum

Last week, Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje opened at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Originally planned as the second half of an exhibition exchange with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, the show ran into a series of setbacks. Which works finally made it into the exhibition? Here’s a look at the art on view.

“El Yuma”: Looking at the US from the Island

The past two years have seen a spike in US citizens traveling to Cuba, eager to learn about a country and a culture that have long been off limits. But how do Cubans see the US? The recent exhibition El Yuma: Contemporary Cuban Art asked that question of 14 artists. Here are some of the answers, with commentary by co-curator Sachie Hernández.
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