With this Update we take a geographic approach, starting from the island and moving through the Americas to Europe and then the United States…
Molaskine in Havana. This first solo show first solo show by graphic designer, illustrator, and video maker Edel Rodríguez—known as MOLA—is curated by Cristina Figueroa. Her goal: to introduce the emerging artist’s work to the public and set it in dialogue with the art scene. To that end, she’s chosen a selection of MOLA’s sketchbooks, illustrations, drawings, and spatial “interventions,” including works in progress. On view at the galería Rubén Martínez Villena of the public library on the Plaza de Armas.
Adonis Flores: Perro de Caza in Bogotá. Featuring a range of work, from photography and sculpture to video and live performance, this solo show addresses war and militarism with the artist’s usual ironic touch. On view at Galería La Cometa through November 14.
Algo que Punza in Mexico City. Punctum, a new workshop and exhibition space in central Mexico City, opens its first show on Saturday, November 1. Algo que Punza (Something that Punches) features the work of three photographers: Cubans Juan Carlos Alom and Marta María Pérez, and Argentina-born, Mexico-based Gerardo Suter. The opening reception takes place from 12 to 4 p.m.
Enrique Martínez Celaya: The Seaman’s Crop in London. Last week saw the opening of this solo show of recent paintings, sculpture, and installations by the Cuban-American artist. Many of the works reflect on the theme of the journey: suitcases are portrayed as seemingly holding the night sky or as overflowing fountains nourishing the life around them, or they become the material of sculptures. On view through November 22 at Parafin Gallery.
Cruce de colecciones in Las Palmas. José Bedia, Raúl Cordero, Ana Mendieta, Marta María Pérez Bravo, and Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal are among the 105 artists in this show celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) in Spain’s Canary Islands. The sweeping show features work by artists from Europe, Ibero-America, and Africa, and includes art from other museums, institutions, and private collections on the islands. On view through January 25.
Looking ahead: Carlos Garaicoa, Orden inconcluso in Madrid. Next month brings a major retrospective for the artist in the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo. Opening Sunday, November 23 and running through March 8.
Uncomfortable Landscapes / Imaginary Landscapes in Santa Monica. This double show pairs Angel Delgado and Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios in two vastly different takes on the idea of landscape. Delgado’s Uncomfortable Landscapes speak of alienation, estrangement, and constraint; Ricardo Rios’ Imaginary Landscapes are vibrantly colored and expressionistic. At the Building Bridges Art Exchange at the Bergamot Station Arts Center. For a photo album of the opening, see the Cuban Art News Facebook page.
Looking ahead: Esterio Segura at MoLAA. Coming to Southern California, the artist’s first solo U.S. museum show is scheduled to open on Saturday, November 22 at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. Segura is expected to be on hand for the opening, which runs 7 to 10 p.m. that evening. The show will run through February 15.
New Territories in New York City. Three Cuban artists—Ernesto Oroza, Coco Fusco, and Carlos Garaicoa—join more than 65 other designers, craftspersons, artists, and collaboratives from 25 countries in an ambitious look at the convergence of craft, tradition, design, technology, and art. New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America opens November 4 at the Museum of Art and Design, where it runs through April 6. Coming soon: the Cuban Art News interview with New Territories curator Lowery Stokes Sims.
Ariel Orozco: Presente Continuo in New York. The first solo show for the Mexico City-based artist features work that was inspired by an earlier work of his: Peces, a fishbowl filled with ink, embodying the potential of what may come from the hand of the artist. And that hand is everywhere, often implied by the action required to complete the work. The title work, for example, is a call bell altered by the artist so that when it’s pressed, the ringing is drawn out to an unnatural, contemplative length. On view through November 22.
Screening: Havana Curveball in New York. Tomorrow evening, the Center for Cuban Studies in Chelsea is hosting a screening of Havana Curveball, the documentary saga of a San Francisco teenager and ardent baseball fan who takes it upon himself to gather baseball equipment for boys in Cuba. 7:30 at the Center for Cuban Studies / Cuban Art Space. And while you’re there, you can pick up the new 2015 wall calendar, showcasing work by Raúl Martínez.
Un Malentendido / A Misunderstanding in East Cambridge. At the Multicultural Arts Center, the Latin Art Space presents a multigenerational show of Cuban artists, from Choco and Ibrahim Miranda to Liudmila Lopez and Osmeivy Ortega. The thematic thread among the close to a dozen artists is a willingness to consider ideas beyond the commonly accepted conventions, and to experiment with new ways of thinking. On view through November 26.
Glexis Novoa: Painting on Canvas in Miami. Just opened last week, Novoa’s first solo show at Juan Ruiz Gallery revisits work from an earlier period in his career: his Etapa Práctica [Practical Phase] paintings of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Created in Havana, where Novoa recently set up a studio after an absence of 20 years, the new work revisits and reflects on the original work, contemporary Cuban life, and the artist’s relationship to his own history. On view through November 22.
Congratulations to CINTAS winner Coco Fusco. An exhibition of work by finalists for the 2014-15 CINTAS visual arts fellowship opened earlier this month, showcasing the art of Juan Carlos Alom, Ray Azcuy, Iván Cañas, Lisa Danker, Ivan Depeña, Becky Franco, Coco Fusco, Lourdes Perdomo, Lissette Poole, and Carlos Rigau. At the opening reception, Fusco was announced as the fellowship winner. Congratulations to her and to all the finalists. The exhibition remains on view at the Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design through December 15. A work by Fusco is also on view in Exodus: Alternate Documents at Miami’s Aluna Art Foundation.