Saturday December 16, 2017

Interviews

Arturo O’Farrill in Cuba: Bringing a Jazz Legend Home

Grammy-winning musician and composer Arturo O’Farrill, son of Cuban-born jazz master Chico O’Farrill, recently completed a week-long tour of Cuba with the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra—the fulfillment of a dream that began more than eight years ago. Here, Arturo talks about the high points of the trip, the work he composed for the occasion, and the debt that jazz owes to Cuban music.

Julio César Pérez, Part 2: "I feel very proud, very happy when I speak about Havana"

The architect and urban planner wraps up his two-part Cuban Art News interview with a discussion of architecture in Cuba, the problems caused by “architecture of the author”—known in the U.S. as “starchitecture”—and what Americans think of Cuba’s architectural heritage.

Julio César Pérez: “The city must be dreamed, designed and conceived for the future”

In Part 1 of this two-part interview, Pérez discusses the highlights of his current exhibition, the details of his ten-point approach to planning for Havana’s growth and development, and why all architects need to start out by designing houses.

“Cuba in Revolution:” Two Photographers Look Back

Roberto Salas and Elliott Erwitt took the stage at The Times Center in midtown Manhattan to recall their experiences covering the early years of Castro’s government. Moderated by media journalist Christiane Amanpour, the evening was presented in conjunction with the International Center of Photography’s exhibition "Cuba in Revolution."

Corina Matamoros: “Cuban Art Is So Strong”

Corina Matamoros, curator of contemporary Cuban art at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, was in New York recently as part of a Rubin Foundation fellowship. Cuban Art News caught up with her for a wide-ranging conversation about Cuban art, New York City, and why she wishes art were more like baseball.
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