Wednesday February 21, 2018

Features

A Season of Cuban Art in Colorado

At the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado, four exhibitions explore ideas of home, dislocation, culture, and cubanidad in the work of artists living in and outside Cuba. It all began, says co-curator Leandro Soto, eleven years ago with three cups of café a lo cubano in in Merida, Mexico.

“Long Distance” Premieres in New York City

“A low budget is no excuse to make a mediocre movie,” Esteban Insausti told a packed audience this past Saturday as his film, Larga Distancia (Long Distance), had its formal international premiere at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

“Unfinished Spaces” Premieres at Los Angeles Film Festival

Ten years in the making, the feature-length documentary Unfinished Spaces focuses on the innovative, organic architecture of Cuba’s Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (now known as the Instituto Superior de Arte, or ISA). Initiated by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in the early 1960s, the project fell out of favor a few years later and the buildings have remained unfinished. Cuban Art News spoke with the film’s producer-directors Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray, as they were wrapping up work on the film and preparing for the world premiere in Los Angeles.  

Two Double Shows Explore Hidden Side of Cuban Art

The “¡Sí Cuba!” festival continues to bring intriguing visual artists and their work to New York this season, including two recent two-person exhibitions: Cosas Ocultas, pairing the work of Rocío García and Alberto Casado, and Body Memories, pairing the work of Cirenaica Moreira and Adonis Flores.

Teatro El Público: Twenty Years of Provocation and Challenge

In Cuban theater, the name of Carlos Díaz (b. Bejucal, 1955) is invariably associated with some form of provocation. Writer and critic Norge Espinosa Mendoza invited the director of El Público to share his memories and experiences of twenty years in the theater.
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