March 16, 2017Artist, 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.
February 23, 2017Last 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.
January 24, 2017Two 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.
January 10, 2017This fall, the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora opened in Miami with Luis Cruz Azaceta: Dictators, Terrorism, War and Exile. We spoke with art historian Alejandro Anreus, curator of the exhibition and author of the first monographic study of the artist, in a wide-ranging conversation about Azaceta, the Cuban diaspora, and a utopian idea for an ambitious exhibition.
July 21, 2016We began our conversation with Elizabeth Cerejido, organizer of the “Dialogues in Cuban Art” project, with a general description of the artist exchanges that took place in Havana last year and Miami this past spring. Here, Cerejido describes the exchanges on a more personal level, and looks ahead to the project’s next phases.
July 19, 2016This spring, the Dialogues in Cuban Art project brought a group of artists to Miami from Havana, following a Miami-to-Havana trip the previous year. Project organizer Elizabeth Cerejido spoke with Cuban Art News New York editor Susan Delson about the Havana visitors’ week in Miami, and the project in general.
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January 19, 2016In a wide-ranging conversation with Cuban Art News, Ben Rodríguez-Cubeñas of the Cuban Artists Fund and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund takes a thoughtful look at art and culture on the island, the need for cultural infrastructure, and the challenges facing US philanthropies looking to support island initiatives.
December 24, 2015Sparked by an article in the New York Times about picadillo, in September 2014 we published an article about Cuban cookbook author and television chef Nitza Villapol. It struck a chord with readers, who had their own memories of growing up with Concina al minuto. To kick off the holidays, here’s an encore appearance by Nitza, video included.
August 25, 2015In Part 1 of our conversation, Miami curator Elizabeth Cerejido talked about the first phase of the artist exchange program she organized, which brought a group of Cuban American artists, who were raised and trained in Miami, to the island for the first time. Now, Cerejido looks ahead to the next phases of the project, and some of the issues that Cuban artists might face in the coming years.
August 13, 2015This Saturday, August 15, the International Center of Photography presents ¡Cuba, Cuba! 65 Years of Photography at the Southampton Arts Center, featuring more than 100 works by some 20 photographers, photojournalists, and artists. Co-curator Iliana Cepero talks about 5 works in the show.
August 11, 2015Among the many US citizens who visited Havana for the first time during the Biennial were a group of Cuban-American artists participating in the Dialogues in Cuban Art project. The organizer, Miami-based curator Elizabeth Cerejido, talks about the trip, the Cuban artists coming to Miami next year, and what it means to confront “the Havana-Miami binary.”
July 16, 2015Earlier 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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November 04, 2014Opening today, New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America includes the work of three Cuban artists: Ernesto Oroza, Carlos Garaicoa, and Coco Fusco. Exhibition curator Lowery Stokes Sims talks about the exhibition, how it’s organized, and how Cuba fits into the picture.
October 30, 2014As the exhibition Éxodo: documentos alternos (Exodus: Alternate Documents) draws to a close this week at the Centro Cultural Español in Miami, we finally caught up with Guillermo “Willy” Castellanos and Adriana Herrera of the Aluna Curatorial Collective for an email conversation about the show.
September 26, 2014Last week, the New York Times published a recipe for picadillo, calling it “the ultimate Cuban comfort food.” The accompanying article cited Nitza Villapol as a picadillo starting-point, describing her as “the closest thing Cuba has had to a Julia Child.” That sent us on a hunt for more about Nitza, including a video.
August 26, 2014This weekend, the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College opens Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds, a retrospective exhibition that presents the Cuban artist as an international figure in 20th-century art history. Cuban Art News spoke with curator Elizabeth T. Goizueta about the show and her approach to Lam and his work.
August 19, 2014In her largest solo exhibition to date, Teresita Fernández fills the galleries of MASS MoCA with works that respond in different ways to the massive, light-filled spaces of the former industrial complex. Here’s a quick photo walk-through of the exhibition, on view through March 2015.
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