Wednesday February 21, 2018

A Last-Minute, Cuba-Centric Holiday Gift Guide

Courtesy triagiovan.com

If you’re like most of us, you’re probably scrambling to find the perfect item for someone on your list. If they happen to be art lovers, tech types, design mavens or Cuba-philes, these suggestions could be just what you’re looking for.

TRIA GIOVAN: THE CUBA ARCHIVE. You may have read our interview with Iliana Cepero, curator of Cuba Is, the Annenberg Center for Photography exhibition that’s been one of the hits of “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” There’s no exhibition catalogue that we could find, but we did spot this just-published volume by one of the show’s photographers. Giovan’s work in Cuba Is focuses on island life in the 1990s, and so does this volume, with text by journalist Silvia Paternostro. Amazon info here.

Courtesy Rizzoli

HAVANA LIVING TODAY. The latest home design book from architect Hermes Mallea has a special appeal for art aficionados, bringing readers into the homes and studio spaces of everyone from Wilfredo Prieto to Los Carpinteros member Dagoberto Rodríguez, Sandra Ramos, and Rachel Valdés Camejo. The homes of Havana’s foreign ambassadors, the residence of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, and the New York–inflected space of Cucu Diamantes and Andres Levin are also showcased. With principal photography by artist Adrián Fernández. Amazon info here; Architectural Digest story here; video below.

GOING DIGITAL. Cuban Art News readers may recall our story this fall about 17. (SEPT) [By WeistSiréPC] ™, Néstor Siré and Julia Weist’s exhibition and project about el paquete semenal, Cuba’s offline internet, at the Queens Museum.

"Weist-Siré PC" mugs in the Queens Museum gift shop

Photo: Hai Zhang, courtesy Queens Museum

The show is on view through February 18, and the Queens Museum store carries a line of Weist-Siré products. Choose a paquete semenal mug (pictured), $18; tote bag, $23; and 16MB flash drives, $18, for downloading the paquete features of your choice. The store does not have an online shop, so pick them up at the museum or order by phone at 718.592.9700.

ON THE WALL. Phone calendars are fine, but nothing compares to seeing a full month on the wall and some interesting art to go with it. The Center for Cuban Studies/Cuban Art Space 2018 calendar showcases works from the collection of executive director Sandra Levinson, from the Rocío García on the cover to Roberto Fabelo, Raúl Martínez, and Mabel Poblet, among others, in the months to come. $20, $16 for CCS members. Order online here, or pick one up when you shop the CCS/CAS moving sale.

Courtesy Cuban Art Space

JEWELRY, ART & MORE. There’s still time to take advantage of the CCS/CAS moving sale, which continues through the end of the year. Check the online gallery for artworks, and stop by in person for posters, jewelry, and items like this vase, $75, by ceramist Alejandro Bastida López of Trinidad. 11–7, Monday–Friday, 12–6 Saturday.

Vase by ceramist Alejandro Bastida López

Courtesy Cuban Art Space

AND IN MINNEAPOLIS. The Cuban Art Space art sale continues at Squirrel Haus Arts in Minneapolis. Featuring posters, works on paper, and more, the sale runs through January 14.

Opening night of the sale at Squirrel Haus Arts

Courtesy Squirrel Haus Arts