April 11, 2018From a childhood in Cienfuegos, Leandro Soto (b. 1956) has had a career that has taken him, as an interdisciplinary artist and teacher, to many parts of the world. Soto talked with Cuban Art News via email about his current exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and about his art and Cuban identity. “Lo cubano is something open, in constant formulation, that we carry with us everywhere,” he says.
January 16, 2018This past Friday, the exhibition Climate Change: Cuba / USA opened at the USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa. Here, the show’s artists—Javier Castro, Glexis Novoa, Celia y Yunior, and Tonel (Antonio Eligio Fernández)—and curator Noel Smith talk about their work, the show, and its themes.
December 19, 2017This season, a show at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes considered drawing and graphic design—specifically, magazine covers—of the 1920s and 1930s as source and inspiration for the painting and sculpture of that era. Cuban Art News Havana editor Abelardo Mena spoke with curator Roberto Cobas about the thinking behind the show.
November 07, 2017This 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.