Thursday March 23, 2017

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Preview: Havana Film Festival New York 2017

Now in its 18th year, the Havana Film Festival New York brings a broad selection of features, short films, and documentaries to the city’s moviegoers—and a panoramic look at contemporary Cuban cinema for anyone interested in filmmaking on the island.

In Conversation: René Francisco on Adiós Utopia

Artist, educator, and curator René Francisco is part of the curatorial team that created Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, the major exhibition now on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. in a conversation with Cuban Art News, Francisco reveals the thinking behind the show, and its evolution from initial idea to exhibition opening.

Update: Arrechea in São Paulo, Garaicoa in Houston, and Double Dulzaides in Havana

Angela Valella opens in Miami, a long-awaited San Alejandro reunion takes place in South Florida, Enrique Martínez Celaya opens in New York, and Cuban photography comes to the AIPAD show. A Yiddish-Cuban opera premieres in Havana, the play 10 Million comes to New York, and the Havana New York Film Festival kicks off with a preview and party in the Bronx.

In the Studio with María Martínez-Cañas

With her series Rebus + Diversions, María Martínez-Cañas draws on the archives of curator José Gómez Sicre to explore Cuban art history and her own biography. Here, Martínez-Cañas talks about five of her works and the stories behind them.

In Focus: Diógenes and the Light at Factoría Habana

“Light is a metaphor of honesty,” curator Concha Fontenla writes in her introduction to Diógenes y la luz (Diogenes and the light). With this concept as their starting point, José Toirac & Octavio Marín embarked on a metaphoric search through contemporary Havana for the equivalent of the Greek philosopher’s “honest man.”

Opening This Weekend: Adiós Utopia

This weekend, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. By way of a preview, we open our coverage with the complete lists of artists in the show—a multigenerational roster whose works span close to 70 years of Cuban art and history.

Preview: Cuban Art at the Armory Show

This week sees the opening of the 2017 Armory Show, and with it, a raft of additional fairs and events. Here’s a quick guide to some of the top spots to see Cuban art, including a couple of satellite fairs.

Exhibition Walk-Through: Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje at the Bronx Museum

Last week, Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje opened at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Originally planned as the second half of an exhibition exchange with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, the show ran into a series of setbacks. Which works finally made it into the exhibition? Here’s a look at the art on view.

“El Yuma”: Looking at the US from the Island

The past two years have seen a spike in US citizens traveling to Cuba, eager to learn about a country and a culture that have long been off limits. But how do Cubans see the US? The recent exhibition El Yuma: Contemporary Cuban Art asked that question of 14 artists. Here are some of the answers, with commentary by co-curator Sachie Hernández.

Birch Tree Music: María Elena González and Tempo

Art from music? Music from trees? The day before it opened in midtown Manhattan, María Elena González took a break from installing to talk about Tempo, and how she came to make music--and art--from birch trees.
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