Thursday February 22, 2018

Exhibitions

Olga Viso on Adiós Utopia, US-Cuba Relations, and the Changing Role of Museums

This Saturday, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 opens at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. We took the opportunity to speak with the museum’s executive director—herself a noted Latin American art scholar—about the exhibition, the wave of Latin American and Cuban shows in US museums, and the changing role of museums in this cultural moment.

El paquete semanal Comes to New York

How do you translate the jam-packed, dizzying diversity of el paquete—Cuba’s do-it-yourself, hand-to-hand version of the Internet’s information flow—into a museum exhibition? Artists Julia Weist and Nestor Siré—himself a monthly paquete contributor—spent two years answering that question. The results are now on view in Queens.

Update: Soriano in Miami, Garaicoa in Turin, Black Gardens + 2 at Factoría Habana

A double show opens at Galería Habana as La Gaceta de Cuba toasts its 55th anniversary. Galería Servando brings 2 emerging artists to the Artissima fair in Turin, where Carlos Garaicoa opens a show at Fundazione Merz. In New York, Juana Valdés joins a dialogue on art and politics, and Juan Carlos Alom has a show in Connecticut.

Ad Reinhardt, Erased News and a 1934 Peso: Abstracting History at PAMM

Abstracting History focuses on the vast tradition of abstraction in Cuban art, tracing a conceptual through-line from Sandú Darié to emerging artists today. Janet Batet looks at some of the exhibition’s highlights. 

BienalSur: A Biennial for the Global South

The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art in South America—BienalSur—is taking place in 84 venues, located in 16 countries and 32 cities worldwide. René Francisco talks about his participation in this ambitious event.
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