Monday June 18, 2018

Interviews

"Queloides" in New York: An Interview with the Curators

Alejandro de la Fuente, a professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Pittsburgh, and artist Elio Rodríguez Valdés are the co-curators of Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art, which recently opened in New York at The 8th Floor gallery. Cuban Art News caught up with the curators in two separate interviews, combined here in a conversation about the exhibition and contemporary Cuban art in general.

¡Sí Cuba! Comes to New York

Ben Rodríguez-Cubeñas of the Cuban Artists Fund and Rockefeller Brothers Fund is one of the principal organizers of ¡Sí Cuba!, the three-month festival of cultural events that kicks off at the end of this month. In a conversation with Cuban Art News, Rodríguez-Cubeñas talks about the festival, how it came about, and the events he’s most looking forward to.

“Hasta cierto Titón:” A New Look at Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

Film historian Juan Antonio Borrero talks with Cuban Art News about the internationally acclaimed filmmaker—Titón to his friends—and the challenges of writing a biography that captures the director, his work, and his personal contradictions.

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.
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