Wednesday December 13, 2017

Artes Escénicas

Cuban Art Awards Finalists Announced

The Farber Foundation has announced the finalists for the first international Cuban Art Awards, spotlighting a mix of artists working on the island and abroad.

In Conversation: Guillermo Ramírez Malberti

This spring, Havana’s Center for the Development of Visual Arts hosted the show Como te cuento mi cuento (How I Tell You My Story) by Guillermo Ramírez Malberti. The artist spoke with Cuban Art News about the show and the evolution of his work.

MalPaso Dance Company: Steps and “Missteps” in the Right Direction

Founded in December 2012 by two alumni of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, the ten-member MalPaso Dance Company recently stepped out for its first appearances outside Cuba. Dance scholar Elizabeth Schwall offers background on MalPaso, some of the factors in their success, and the history of contemporary dance on the island.
 

Historical Close-Up, Part 3: More on Maria Luisa Gómez Mena

In the past few weeks, we’ve taken a close look at Cuban art in the 1940s, through Alejandro Anreus’s article on the 1944 MoMA exhibition Modern Cuban Painters and José Ramón Alonso Lorea’s article on Maria Luisa Gómez Mena and her Galería del Prado. Now, Alonso Lorea zeroes in on Gómez Mena’s role in the MoMA exhibition and the influential book that accompanied it.

Secundaria: A Complex Portrait of Dancers in Training

For three years, filmmaker Mary Jane Doherty followed a secondary-school class at Havana’s famed National School of Ballet. In an e-mail interview with Nadine Covert, she talks about the filmmaking process, her immersion in the world of Cuban ballet students, and the unexpected twists that her story took.
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