Thursday July 30, 2015

Día de los Reyes: Celebrating Afro-Cuba beneath Fata Morgana

Earlier this month, Manhattan’s Madison Square Park was the setting for Día de los Reyes, a community event celebrating Afro-Cuban dance and culture. Initiated by Teresita Fernández and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, it took place beneath the golden canopies of Fernández’s installation Fata Morgana.

Bienal Snapshot: Guillermo Ramírez Malberti’s Identidad

Using the artist and his family as an intimate frame of reference, Guillermo Ramírez Malberti’s exhibition is a meditation on the arc of the Revolution and its first generation. Abelardo Mena Chicuri, Cuban Art News Havana editor and the show’s curator, takes us through Identidad.

VIDEO: Wilfredo Prieto

Last summer, S.M.A.K., the contemporary art museum in Ghent, Belgium, hosted Wilfredo Prieto: Speaking Badly About Stones (Hablando mal de las piedras). In this six-minute video, Prieto talks about the work in the show—including several pieces that are currently on view at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana.

Bienal Snapshot – Alexandre Arrechea: The Map of Silence

At the opening for his exhibition now on view at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Arrechea talks about his sources of inspiration in Havana and what it means to present a major show there.

Celia & Yunior: “We have never believed in the figure of the artist as an enlightened genius”

Earlier this year, the duo Celia & Yunior won the prize for Young Artist of the Year at the first international Cuban Art Awards, sponsored by the Farber Foundation. In an email interview, they talk about winning the award, their current work, where they are in their career, and where they see themselves, and Cuban art, in the coming decade.
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