Sunday April 22, 2018

Interviews

Leandro Soto on World Cultures, Cubanidad, and His Show in Havana

From 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.

5 Artists + 1 Curator on Climate Change: Cuba / USA

This 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.

Laboratory, Incubator, Source: Cuban Drawing & Graphic Design of the 1920s and ‘30s

This 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.

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.

Pavel Acosta Proenza Wins 2017 CINTAS Visual Arts Award

This past weekend, the CINTAS Foundation opened its exhibition of this year’s finalists in the visual arts and announced the winner. Foundation president Victor Deupi reflects on this year’s competition—the first to include artists working on the island.
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