Tuesday February 21, 2017

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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.

An American Feminist in Cuba: Margaret Randall and To Change the World

Poet, writer, photographer, social activist, and feminist, Margaret Randall spent more than a decade of her life in Cuba. In a conversation with poet and editor Laura Ruiz Montes, Randall talks about her experiences and her memoir, To Change the World: My Years in Cuba, recently translated and published on the island.

Update: “Diogenes” in Havana, Garaicoa in Bilbao, Alfonzo and Mendieta in New York

José Yaque opens in London and Pisa, Diango Hernández prepares a show in Basel, and Levi Orta opens this weekend in Barcelona. Cuban artists join group shows in West Palm Beach, Birmingham, Alabama, and New York City, and Kcho and Juan Roberto Diago hit the spotlight in Miami.

Preview: Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections

The show, opening this Thursday, February 9, at the Lowe Art Museum, is the artist’s first in South Florida in over a decade. Co-curator and architecture scholar Victor Deupi spoke with Cuban Art News about the exhibition, Sanchez’s career, and the role of architecture in his art.

Fish Hook as Metaphor: Yoan Capote’s Palangre

Earlier this week, we dropped in on the installation of Yoan Capote: Palangre, a show of recent paintings embedded with thousands of fish hooks. The artist walked through the show with us, in a conversation that ranged from Romantic painters to Cubans’ relationship to the sea.

Preview: Juan Roberto Diago at Harvard

Tomorrow evening, the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at Harvard University welcomes Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present. Juan Roberto Diago and the show’s curator, Alejandro de la Fuente, spoke about the exhibition with Cuban Art News.

Uncovering a Hidden History, Part 2 – Women Photographers in Cuba

In photography, the new era found an ideal tool for transmitting its aesthetic and political values. With that in mind, it is surprising to find, in the second half of the century, a comparatively small number of women photographers. Here, Aldeide Delgado continues the history of women photographers in Cuba.

Soriano Rediscovered: The Artist as Mystic

Two years after his death, artist Rafael Soriano is on the verge of rediscovery, as a major retrospective makes the first of its three stops around the US. Curator Elizabeth Goizueta spoke with Susan Delson about Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, and the journey from geometric abstraction to surrealism to a luminous, transcendent art.

Uncovering a Hidden History – Women Photographers in Cuba

In 1899, the Cuban Census reported seven women photographers in the entire country. But within a few years, their numbers started to grow. Here, Aldeide Delgado uncovers their hidden history in the first half of the 20th century.

Update: Capote in New York, Diago at Harvard, and Barroso’s Pinball Headed to the Armory Show

Tamara Campo opens a solo show in Havana, the new Rafael Soriano retrospective opens in Boston, and Juan Roberto Diago and Ana Mendieta are showcased at Harvard. María Elena González and Yoan Capote open solo shows in New York galleries, and the Whitney’s Carmen Herrera exhibition moves on to Ohio.
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