Friday April 29, 2016

NYC Preview: Afro-Cuba Culture on the Upper West Side

Starting this Sunday, May 1 and running through next Sunday, May 8, The Source Project explores the African presence in Cuban culture. Kicking off with a free street party this weekend, the program includes concerts, dancing, films, and a talk on Cuba’s marine biology. Here’s a quick round-up of the schedule, capped by a concert next weekend by the Pedrito Martinez Group with Issac Delgado.

Curators’ Preview: Promising Paradise at The Wolfsonian-FIU

Next Friday, May 6, Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction opens at The Wolfsonian-FIU. Featuring more than 500 photographs, posters, and other objects, the show examines Cuba-US relations in the first part of the 20th century, and the cultural influences that left their mark on both countries. Here, the exhibition’s organizers—Vicki Gold Levi, Rosa Lowinger, and Francis X. Luca—share some of their favorite pieces in the show.

Update: Cubans Invade Europe, Conversations & Exchanges in Miami, and A Packed Week of Openings in NYC

In Havana, the second Festival del Cartel runs this week, along with several recently opened shows. But the real action is in Europe, with shows in Belgium, Italy, and several in Germany, not to mention Wifredo Lam in Madrid. Dialogues in Cuban Art continues in Miami, and there’s a packed week of events in New York City, including Carmen Herrera at the new Lisson Gallery, solo shows for Félix González-Torres and Elsa Mora, and three vanguardia artists.

Exhibition Focus: René Francisco, Venceremos in São Paulo

Curated by Ella Cisneros of the CIFO Foundation, the exhibition at Nara Roesler Gallery features paintings, drawings, sculpture, installation works, and small tableaux behind glass. 

Growing Up in Neverland: A Look at Cuban Art and Society

The group show, organized by Pinar del Río–based curator David Horta, brought Cuban art and artists to the University of Tampa. Janet Batet looks at the exhibition and some of its highlights.
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