Wednesday August 16, 2017

Tiempo Libre: Cuban Timba Hits New York

Last week, the music group Tiempo Libre swept into heat-struck Lower Manhattan, pushing the temperature even higher with two sizzling concerts. Jorge Gomez, musical director and pianist for Tiempo Libre, talked to Cuban Art News about the group’s current tour, its musical influences, and its next CD.

“Memories of Overdevelopment” or the New Face of the Cuban Cinema

In 1968, Cuban movie screens were shaken by a black-and-white feature film with a singular title: Memorias del Subdesarollo (Memories of Underdevelopment). Although its director, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, set the drama in the time between the disastrous Bays of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the missile crisis the following year, the film was not a propagandistic paean to the virtues of the Cuban Revolution. Its main character was a wealthy bourgeois who stays behind when his family leaves for the US; film’s images were contradictory, with nothing idealized. Forty years later, the young Cuban filmmaker Miguel Coyula rescued Edmundo Desnoes, the exiled scriptwriter of the original film. In New York, they began working on his next project: Memorias del Desarrollo (Memories of Overdevelopment). The blog CINE CUBANO: La Pupila Insomne (CUBAN CINEMA: The Imsomniac Eye) by Cuban film historian Juan Antonio Borrero published a substantial interview with this independent filmmaker.

Cuban curator Gerardo Mosquera Chosen As Curator of PhotoEspaña International Festival

Havana-based independent critic, curator, and art historian Gerardo Mosquera will be in charge of the annual PhotoEspaña festival’s art program for the next three years. His selection reflects the festival’s interest in reaching beyond Spain’s borders, and in expanding into related art forms such as video.

Olga Guillot, Queen of Boleros

Known as the queen of the bolero, Cuban singer Olga Guillot died in Miami last month. Cuban poet Sigfredo Ariel, a great music lover, graciously shared with Cuban Art News his reflections on Guillot´s life and work.

Raúl Martínez: Pop Art of the Cuban Revolution Finally Comes to New York

As part of the group Los Once (The Eleven), Raúl Martínez was one of the stars of the 1950s Cuban abstract-art adventure. Later, he painted revolutionary leaders such as Ché Guevara and Jose Martí, and young faces of Cuba in the 60s and 70s. Rodriguez went on to master photography, book design, and teaching. Openly gay, he endured discrimination and censorship. Now, at long last, his work has come to New York.
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