Thursday November 23, 2017

Features

Prehistoric Art in Punta del Este, Cuba

In 1937, archaeologists explored a cave in Punta del Este and documented petroglyphs found there. Art historian José Ramón Alonso Lorea presents some rarely seen photographs taken in the cave, and discusses the importance of this site.

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.

Saving the Surfaces: Rosa Lowinger on Cuba’s Facades & Decorative Finishes

From baroque to midcentury modern to eclectico cubano, many of the island’s historic structures are embellished with decorative features and integral artworks. In an article adapted from the Getty Conservation Institute newsletter, Rosa Lowinger talks about steps being taken to preserve some of the most visible elements of Cuba’s architectural patrimony.

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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