Friday September 4, 2015

VIDEO - Cultura Profética: Puerto Rican Reggae in Havana

Earlier this summer, the reggae group Cultura Profética (Prophetic Culture) gave a short but high-powered performance in an open-air concert in the Plaza San Francisco de Asís, sharing the bill with the stellar Cuban duo Buena Fe. Music writer Michel Hernández gives his impressions of the concert.

Update: Concrete Cuba in London, Los Carpinteros in Mexico, Lavastida in Miami, Bruguera at Yale

The fall season gets off to a fast start with Arrechea in Madrid, Mendieta in Minneapolis, and solo shows by María Martínez-Cañas and Enrique Martínez Celaya in NYC. Carlos Estévez opens in Miami, Alexis Esquivel joins a show in Chile, and Tania Bruguera is named a World Fellow at Yale.

Popping Up in Los Angeles: Cuban Art Space West

This October, the annual open house at Santa Monica Art Studios will include a surprise guest: New York’s Cuban Art Space, presenting its debut West Coast exhibition and a five-week program of special events. CAS director Sandra Levinson gives us the details.

In Conversation: Elizabeth Cerejido, Part 2

In Part 1 of our conversation, Miami curator Elizabeth Cerejido talked about the first phase of the artist exchange program she organized, which brought a group of Cuban American artists, who were raised and trained in Miami, to the island for the first time. Now, Cerejido looks ahead to the next phases of the project, and some of the issues that Cuban artists might face in the coming years.

Remembering Alina

Celebrated Cuban actress Alina Rodríguez died on July 27, at age 63, of pancreatic cancer. One of the most distinguished stars of Cuban stage and screen, she was beloved for her versatile talent and her nobility of spirit. Her final role as the stern but loving teacher, Carmela, in the movie Conducta (Ernesto Daranas, 2014), earned her international renown and multiple awards.
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