Castañeda in Havana. Late last month, Consuelo Castañeda opened her first exhibition in Cuba in almost 30 years. Presented at the Orígines gallery of the Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso, CCC 2016 introduces Cuban audiences to the work of the Miami-based Castañeda, who trained at the San Alejandro Academy and ISA, where she graduated in 1982. Playing on the initials of her name, and alluding to one of the works in the show, La disolución del yo, the title of the exhibition also refers to a project she is initiating in Havana, the Centro Cultural Cibernético. With a wallpaper-like recap of past works--arranged by theme or relationship, not chronology, plus photography, installation, and other works--CCC 2016 reflects Castañeda's interest in art, architecture, design, and digital information.
"In Cuba, my most well-known works are two or three from the 1980s," she told Diario de Cuba. "For me, it's important not to be pigeonholed in one era, because I have an active career. I'm constantly developing, changing." CCC 2016 runs through September 25 at Galería Orígines.
And Peldaños. At Galería Villa Manuela, the solo show by Adrián Rumbaut Rodríguez features paintings inspired by architectural fragments and architectonic forms—spirals, fragments of staircases—that in turn affect the form of the canvases. Fragments of cover images from national and international publications explore contemporary political iconography. The show, which opened on Friday, runs through October 7.
And Artista x Artista. Last Thursday, Spanish artists Belén and Pedro Luis Cembranos kicked off their six-week residency in Havana with La bandera y la galaxia, an exhibition that opened at the Artista x Artista space in Miramar. Initiated by Estudio Carlos Garaicoa, the program is an exchange between Artista x Artista and El Ranchito/Matadero Madrid.
The-Merger in Tenerife. At Galería Artizar, Diacronías de un puzzle presents recent work by the art collective The-Merger (Mario Miguel González, Niels Moleiro, and Alain Pino). Featuring medium and large-scale watercolors, paintings, and sculptures, the show explores the human capacity to reconstruct long-gone spaces vital to a sense of identity. On view through October 15.
Miradas indiscretas in Mexico City. Patricia Conde Galería is one of the few in Mexico City to concentrate on photography. And right now the focus is on Cuba with ¡Que miradas indiscretas, mamá! Fotografía cubana contemporánea, featuring the work of Juan Carlos Alom, Consuelo Castañeda, René Peña, Marta María Pérez Bravo, and Mabel Poblet. See an online edition of the exhibition catalogue on the gallery’s Facebook page.
Faces of Fidel in NYC. With a nod toward his recent 90th birthday, the Cuban Art Space in Chelsea is presenting The Many Faces of Fidel, an exploration of the iconic leader in paintings, prints, photos, sculptures, mixed media, posters, and more. Artists on view include Raúl Martínez, Carlos Cárdenas, Sandra Ceballos, and William Pérez, among many others. Opening this Thursday, September 15, the show runs through October 29.
Cuba at CUNY. The Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at the City University of New York is hosting a discussion on “Cuba in the 1930s.” Speakers include Daniel A. Rodríguez, on the topic of the Cuban medical strikes of 1934; Ilán Ehrlich on the decade’s factional struggles; and Samuel Farber on the attempted revolution of 1933. The discussion takes place on September 30, 4–6 p.m. Admission is free but registration is required: details here.
Life and art in North Miami. At Under the Bridge Art Space, the season kicks off with the group exhibition 12425 NE 13th Ave #4 North Miami FL 33161—named after the address for Under the Bridge. Curated by Rafael Domenech, the show uses simulated domestic spaces “to investigate the relationship between the history of the neighborhood, the building and the physical characteristics of the space. It utilizes the domestic space as a platform to articulate dialogues about collecting, displaying, appearance, and popular and material culture.”
Among the 13 artists are Ernesto García, Tonel, Otari Oliva, Ernesto Oroza, José Iraola, Carlos Caballero, and Magdiel Aspillaga. The show opens this Sunday, September 18, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m., and runs through October 30.
And a Domenech solo. After curating the Under the Bridge show, later this month Rafael Domenech unveils The List of Messier Objects, a solo show at Fredric Snitzer Gallery. The title refers to a list of comet-like “deep sky” objects compiled by 18th-century French astronomer Charles Messier—a central idea, writes Janet Batet in El Nuevo Herald, that allows the artist to integrate objects in space, generating patterns of connectivity on the physical as well as the theoretical level.
Save the Date. And in Miami, the 54th CINTAS Awards will be announced on October 8. The 7 p.m. ceremony will take place at the Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design in Freedom Tower.
Azaceta in Alabama. At the University of Birmingham, Luis Cruz Azaceta takes over the entire Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Museum with Luis Cruz Azaceta: War And Other Disasters, Selected Works from 2002–2016. The show’s 18 large paintings, 10 works on paper, and installation address topics ranging from Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, and the violence in the Middle East. The show opened on Friday and runs through December 17.
Eduardo García a Magnum finalist. A photo essay by Havana photographer Eduardo García was selected as a finalist in the Magnum Photography Awards 2016 competition. Organized in collaboration with the online photography magazine Lens Culture, the awards were inaugurated this year. A total of 44 finalists and winners were selected worldwide. See García’s photo essay, and an interview with him (in English) on the Lens Culture site here.
Cuba at the New York Film Festival. The island is on the schedule with two films, one old, one new. First, a newly restored version of the 1968 classic, Memories of Underdevelopment by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, will be shown as part of the festival’s Revivals series. The series of world cinema milestones will also include Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers, Robert Bresson’s L’Argent, and Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu. Memories of Underdevelopment will screen on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:15 p.m.
And in the Spotlight on Documentary section, Patria O Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death, takes a distinct point of view in its portrait of Cuba as a society in transition. A Cuba-US coproduction released by cable broadcaster HBO, the 57-minute film was directed by Olatz López Garmendia. Screening Wednesday, October 12 at 9:15 p.m. and Thursday, October 13 at 6:45 p.m.
And then there’s the Rolling Stones. In case anyone’s managed to miss it, Havana Moon – The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba, the film of their Havana concert last March is scheduled to hit theaters internationally on Friday, September 23, for one night only. Details here.