February 01, 2018Gallery 8, a new art space in Harlem, opens tonight with a show of contemporary Cuban art. Lidia Hernández Tapia talks to some of the artists, and to curators Armando Mariño and Meyken Barreto, about the evolving definition of cubanidad in an increasingly global world.
Lidia Hernández Tapia
October 31, 2017How do you translate the jam-packed, dizzying diversity of el paquete—Cuba’s do-it-yourself, hand-to-hand version of the Internet’s information flow—into a museum exhibition? Artists Julia Weist and Nestor Siré—himself a monthly paquete contributor—spent two years answering that question. The results are now on view in Queens.
June 06, 2017With 65 works screened in four thematic programs, plus lectures, discussions, and a video installation, “Moving Things: Videocreation in Cuba” presented a panorama of Cuban video art to audiences at two international festivals in the US Southwest. Lidia Hernández Tapia catches up with the project’s curators.
May 11, 2017Cinema may be an art, but it’s also big business. Jesús Hernández, the ISA-educated producer and promoter behind New York’s Bach Media, talks about the nuts and bolts of Cuban film production with Lidia Hernández Tapia—from Hollywood’s Fate of the Furious to the infrastructure needed for filmmaking on the island to thrive.
November 08, 2016Seventeen years after her death, artist and master printmaker Belkis Ayón is the subject of a retrospective at the Fowler Museum at UCLA—her first museum show outside Cuba. The curator, Havana-based Cristina Vives, talked with Lidia Hernández Tapia about the exhibition and how it came to Los Angeles.
June 27, 2011The Ballet Nacional de Cuba presented La Magia de la Danza at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)’s Howard Gilman Opera House during a run from June 8-11, 2011, as part of New York’s ¡Si Cuba! Festival. The company, founded by Alicia Alonso and accompanied by the Orquesta Cubano conducted by Giovanni Duarte, suggested nothing more Cuban than in the Spanish names of the performers—i.e., Rodríguez, García, Molina, Gómez. This was traditional, classical ballet in every sense, with excerpts from six of the best-known works in the ballet canon.