Monday October 23, 2017

Update: Cuban Art in Rio de Janeiro, Cuban Photography in the Hamptons, Martínez-Cañas in NYC

At Galería La Acacia, Adonis Ferro, Ya no temas, estamos todos juntos, es el objecto, 2013

Courtesy Galería La Acacia

Paisaje and Pintura in Havana. There’s one more week to catch the Segundo salón de paisaje (Second Landscape Salon) at Galería La Acacia. With works by Adonis Ferro, Alan Manuel González, Alejandro Azcuy, and others, the show runs through next Friday, August 14. Meanwhile, Pintura Fresca II, mentioned in last month’s Update, runs through August 28 at Galería Habana.

Camejo in Santa Monica. On the West Coast, there’s also one more week for Luis Camejo: Habana Cool at the Robert Berman Gallery. “Luis Camejo has consistently captured city life in Havana in all its gritty, humid and bright splendor,” writes the show’s curator, Adolfo V. Nodal. [The exhibition closes next Saturday, August 15.] Update: The show has been extended to August 22.

Installation view of Luis Camejo: Havana Cool at Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica

Courtesy Robert Berman Gallery

Cuban Photos in Southampton. While its new space in Lower Manhattan is under construction, the International Center of Photography—like many New Yorkers—has headed to the Hamptons. ¡Cuba, Cuba! 65 Years of Photography opens next Saturday evening, August 15, at the Southampton Arts Center. Showcasing more than 100 color and black-and-white photos spanning the 1950s to the present, the exhibition features the work of some 30 Cuban photographers, plus views of Cuba by acclaimed US photographers, along with posters, documents, and other ephemera of the era. Curated by Cuban art historian Iliana Cepero and ICP curator Pauline Vermare, the show runs through September 7. The opening night reception runs 5-8 p.m.

At the Southampton Arts Center: María Magdalena Campos-Pons, from the series "Sagrada Familia"

Courtesy International Center of Photography

Summer Show at Cuban Art Space. Among the lenders to the ¡Cuba, Cuba! show is the Center for Cuban Studies, whose Cuban Art Space Summer Show features paintings, posters, and wearable art, among other works. The show runs through Saturday, September 12. Swing by that afternoon for a book party to launch Passage to Cuba by Cynthia Carris Alonso, 3–5 p.m.—then head back on Tuesday evening, September 15, for a “sweet 16” anniversary celebration for the Cuban Art Space, 7–10 p.m.

Martínez-Cañas in New York. Portraiture Now: Staging the Self debuted last year at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Now it’s come to the galleries of the Americas Society, where it runs through October 17. Among the show’s six Latino artists is María Martínez-Cañas, whose photo series Duplicity as Identity explores her relationship—and physical resemblance—to her father. In this four-minute video, the artist talks about the work. 

And a solo show in September. At the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea, María Martínez-Cañas: What Remains brings together two distinct bodies of work: vintage photographic prints from the artist’s early career in the 1980s, and new works on paper. Using a range of techniques, including appropriation and photo collage, the works reflect Martínez-Cañas’s ongoing interest in process, and her playful experimentation with photography as a medium. The show opens September 10 and runs through October 24.

Mendieta at MoMA. Also in September, work by Ana Mendieta is included in Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980. Focusing on the connections and parallels among artists working in these two parts of the world, or create works that reference them, the exhibition includes close to 300 works, including videos and installations. Mendieta’s work appears in a section on post-1968 activist, performance, and video pioneers, and their critiques of the visual depiction of women in mainstream culture. Transmissions opens September 5 and runs through January 3.

And Minnesota. Mark your calendar for September 15, when Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, mentioneded in last month’s Update, opens at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota.

Arrechea in Madrid. As part of this year’s Madrid Gallery Weekend, Galería Casado Santapau will present Alexandre Arrechea: La seducción del fragment (The Seduction of the Fragment). The show opens September 10 and runs through October 31; with 40 participating galleries, Madrid Gallery Weekend runs September 10–12.

Ficción y Fantasía in Rio. At Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Ficción y Fantasía – Art from Cuba brings together the 15 artists in a show of 140 works from the Daros Latinamerica collection. Among the artists on view: Lázaro Saavedra, Tonel, Tania Bruguera, Belkis Ayón, and Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal. The show opens September 11 and runs through December 13. Once the show closes, Daros Latinamerica will maintain its art collection but will no longer present exhibitions at Casa Daros.

An installation by Carlos Estévez for the exhibition Celestial Traveler at the Frost Art Museum

Courtesy Carlos Estévez

Estévez in Miami. On the heels of his solo show in Lima this summer, Carlos Estévez: Celestial Traveler opens at the Frost Art Museum on Saturday, September 12. Taking its title from one of the works in the show—an ornate kite—Celestial Traveler runs through January 3.

Parlá in New York. As reported last month in the New York Times, José Parlá’s solo show Surface Body/Action Space opens Saturday, September 12 at two locations in Chelsea: Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery. In the work on view, Parlá explores 20th-century painting and his own dual Cuban and American identity, referencing such artists as Wifredo Lam, Clyfford Still, and Cy Twombly. The opening reception runs 6 to 8 p.m. at both galleries.

Installation by José Parlá for The Standard Hotel at the High Line, part of the artist's series "Segmented Realities"

Photo: Chris Mosier, courtesy José Parlá

Meanwhile, strollers on the High Line can see Parlá’s latest installation: Segmented Realities, three double-sided sculptural paintings done for The Standard Hotel. The works are part of an ongoing series that includes an installation done for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and another for Detrás del muro during the recent Havana Biennial. From the High Line, you can catch a bird’s-eye view of the works as you walk by (and through) The Standard.

Cobas Amate in Coral Gables. Roberto Cobas Amate, senior curator of vanguardia art at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, will present two lectures, in Spanish, at Cernuda Arte in Coral Gables, Florida. On Wednesday, August 26, “La Escuela de La Habana en la óptica de Guy Pérez-Cisneros reveals the renowned art critic as a gifted and insightful curator.” The following evening, August 27, “Eduardo Abela: pintor cubano y universal” takes a close look at one of the key figures in the Cuban art vanguard of the 1920s. Both lectures are free of charge but seating is limited and reservations are required. For information, contact Cernuda Arte.  

Artists announced for San Juan Triennial. Carlos Garaicoa, María Elena González, Félix González Torres, and Sandra Ramos are among the artists taking part in Imágenes desplazadas/Imágenes en el espacio (Displaced Images/Images in Space), the 4th Poly/Graphic San Juan Triennial: Latin America and the Caribbean. Curated by Gerardo Mosquera, Vanessa Hernández Gracia, and Alexia Tala, the Triennial runs October 24–February 27.

Fellowship for Novoa. Glexis Novoa is among the 20 artists selected for the inaugural artist-in-residence fellowships at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. The residencies start this fall.

Glexis Novoa, Live TV, 2002

Courtesy The Farber Collection

MalPaso and Arturo O’Farrill at Jacob’s Pillow. Last night the Havana-based modern dance company kicked off a five-day run at Jacob’s Pillow, the modern dance center in the Berkshires known for its summer festival. The program includes a new collaboration with Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: t Despedida, choreographed by the company’s artistic director Osnel Delgado. Performances run through this Sunday, August 9. All are sold out. For ticket cancellation info, check the Jacob’s Pillow website.

Save the Date: Varela in Woodstock. In upstate New York, the Woodstock Film Festival kicks off with the New York premiere of The Poet of Havana, a documentary by Ron Chapman about trova star Carlos Varela—followed by a concert featuring Varela and U.S. singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. The screening and concert take place September 30 at the Ulster Performing Arts Center.