Wednesday May 23, 2018

Videos

Exhibition Focus: José Bedia as “Transcultural Pilgrim”

At the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia surveys the artist’s work from an interesting angle, blending his creative and spiritual practices into a seamless whole. The show’s curators, Judith Bettelheim and Janet Catherine Berlo, talked with Cuban Art News about the exhibition, Bedia’s work, and his position in the contemporary art world.

¡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.

Going Viral: “La Salsa es de Cuba”

More than 40 singers and musicians in Cuba, the U.S., and Canada join forces in an online production that vibrantly proclaims the island as the birthplace of salsa.

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.

“Video Cubano:” Cuban Video Goes Global

Featuring 31 works by 22 Cuban artists around the world, Video Cubano debuted last week in New York City. With a slate of artists that included Alexandre Arrechea, Lázaro Saavedra, and Glenda León, the edgy, slyly humorous videos touched on topics like the military, the black market, sexuality, and freedom of expression—all from a distinctly Cuban perspective.
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