Wednesday April 23, 2014

The Havana Film Festival New York Celebrates Its 'Quinceañera' with a Powerhouse Program

An exceptionally strong slate of films from the island made the 15th HFFNY a memorable one for Cuban cinema. Nadine Covert offers a detailed recap of the Cuban films and how they fared in the festival competition.

Collector Spotlight: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros

In a video interview produced by Artnet, the dynamic collector and philanthropist talks about Permission To Be Global: Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—and about Cuban art in particular.

Historical Close-Up Part 2: Spotlight on María Luisa Gómez Mena

Earlier this month, we presented Alejandro Anreus’s reflection on the 1944 MoMA exhibition Modern Cuban Painters. Now, historian José Ramón Alonso Lorea brings us a closer look at one of the most influential figures in Cuban art of the 1940s, and a prime mover behind the MoMA show: the little-known cultural patron and gallerist María Luisa Gómez Mena.

Update: Crossroads in Miami, Mosquera in Italy, and President Carter Drops in on Drapetomanía

Cuban artists join their Caribbean colleagues at the Pérez, Gerardo Mosquera gets “Lost in Landscape” in Rovereto, Habitar, Construir sets up shop in Cádiz, Artification applies scientific method in Madrid, Chaos and Identity take hold in Massachusetts, and President Jimmy Carter pays a call on Manhattan’s 8th Floor.

Exhibition Close-Up: Cuban America in the Bronx

This spring, the Lehman College Art Gallery is hosting Cuban America: An Empire State of Mind, a group show featuring more than 35 artists of Cuban descent. In a double email interview, co-curators Yuneikys Villalonga and Lehman gallery director Susan Hoeltzel talked about the exhibition, its concept, and what it means for the gallery.
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