Monday June 18, 2018

Update: Inventario in Havana, Bruguera in NYC, More Cuban Art in “Pacific Standard Time”

Alexandre Arrechea, Diferencias, 2015

Courtesy Galería Habana

BREAKING NEWS. As we go online with this Update, Hurricane Irma is making its way through the Caribbean. Please check with museums and galleries in Cuba and South Florida about closures, postponed exhibition openings, and other reschedulings.

Inventario in Havana. Now midway through its run at Galería Habana, this cross-generational group show features work by some 20 artists, from Alexandre Arrechea and René Peña to Diana Fonseca and Ariamna Contino. On view through October 13.

And El fin del Gran Relato. At Galería Taller Gorría, El fin del Gran Relato (The End of the Great Story) explores the Cuban national narrative through evocative works by 10 artists and art groups—among them, Carlos Garaicoa, Celia-Yunior, Los Carpinteros, and the exhibition’s curator, Henry Eric Hernández. The show, which opened last Friday, remains on view through October 29.

López at Villa Manuela. A solo show by Harold López—known for colorful urban portraits, done in what he calls a “pop expressionist” style—opens next Friday, September 15 at Galería de Arte Villa Manuela.

And Cerviño at Galleria Continua. On Saturday, September 16, Elizabet Cerviño: The artwork that interests me opens with a 7 p.m. reception at Galleria Continua in Barrio Chino. The exhibition is the third and final installment of the gallery’s summer series. On Tuesday, September 19, Cerviño, who recently completed a residency in Brooklyn, will give a presentation/workshop in the gallery’s video room, 2–4 p.m. (Read her Cuban Art News interview here.)

A cave painting found at the newly discovered site in southern Granma province

Courtesy Prensa Latina

New Cave Painting Discoveries. Cuban archaeologists have discovered a new cave-painting site in Granma province, southeast of Guisa. According to an article in Prensa Latina, the site is particularly significant, as the previous six sites identified in the province are concentrated in a zone farther west. Dubbed La cueva de Runel, the new site houses several pre-Columbian petroglyphs and pictographs.

Pérez Pollo in Zurich. Opening tomorrow at Mai 36 Galerie, Michel Pérez Pollo: Uqbar presents recent work by the artist. Pérez Pollo’s large-scale paintings may be understood as portraits—not of people, but of sculptures that he models from clay and found objects, then depicts using the conventions of traditional portraiture. The results are somewhat surreal, and evocative of the short story by Jorge Luis Borges that lends the show its title. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. On view through October 28.

Michel Pérez Pollo, Mattias, 2017

Courtesy Mai 36 Galerie

Parlá in Italy. For his upcoming show at Brand New Gallery, José Parlá scavenged posters from walls in Italy, bringing them back to his Brooklyn studio and reworking them in the paintings that then made the return trip to Milan. The works recall his travels around Italy and pay homage to artists that have influenced him, such as Mimmo Rotella and Tristan Tsara. José Parlá: Mirrors opens Thursday, September 21 with a reception running 7–9 p.m. On view through November 18.

José Parlá in Italy, gathering material for new artworks

Courtesy Brand New Gallery

And in Southern California, news of more Cuban art and artists in shows related to “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” (For a more complete list, see our feature story here.)

LA/LA #1: Hope at ESMoA. At ESMoA—a non-museum “art laboratory” in El Segundo—Hope focuses on moving-image art in Cuba. Spanning the 1960s to the present, the exhibition showcases work by more than 40 Cuban artists, exploring the reciprocal influence of European and US art and Latin American video art. September 17–January 28.

LA/LA #2: Novoa and Mayer in Mundos Alternos. At UCR ARTSblock in Riverside, Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas brings together artists across the Americas who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities—utopian, dystopian, and otherwise. Among the show’s more than 30 artists and groups are Glexis Novoa and Jillian Mayer, one of the artists featured in our recent story “US-Born Cuban – 6 Artists to Watch.” The show opens September 16, with an opening party on Saturday, September 30, 6–9 p.m. On view through February 4.

LA/LA #3: Arrechea in proyectosLA. Now officially part of “PST: LA/LA,” proyectosLA brings together galleries from Central, South, and North America in what’s called a “fair/exhibition hybrid.” Presented in a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, proyectosLA includes galleries from Mexico City, New York, Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Brazil—including Galeria Nara Roesler, which is presenting work by Alexandre Arrechea. September 16–October 28. 

Courtesy Pan American Art Projects

Millares in Miami. Multimedia artist Ruben Millares is perhaps best known for his provocative performance and video art. In Paint by Numbers, his new show at Pan American Art Projects, Millares focuses exclusively on two-dimensional works—and numbers, which he presents as codes capable of deciphering contemporary society. The show runs through November 11. Opening Reception on September 7 postponed due to tropical storm. Stay tuned for new date next week!

Also cancelled this evening: The opening of No Black / No White (No And) at CIFO Art Space, Miami.

Next week: Oroza in Miami. Ernesto Oroza brings his analytical eye to everyday architecture and design in Ernesto Oroza. Museo Popular Concreto: Inform. The solo exhibition opens next Thursday, September 14, at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, with a reception 7–9 p.m. that evening, The show runs through October 16.

Ernesto Oroza, Chairs


Bedia lecture in Fort Lauderdale. As the exhibition José Bedia Fieldwork: Selections from the de la Cruz Collection and the Artist nears the end of its run at the NSU Art Museum, art historian and curator Michael Jordán will speak about his journeys through Africa with Bedia in a lecture at the museum. Saturday, September 23, at 6 p.m.. RSVPs required; details here.

José Bedia, Ogun Series: 05 Nsunsu Mayimbe (Vulture), 1992

Courtesy NSU Museum

Tonight: Acosta in New York. With Gustavo Acosta: Inventory of Omissions, the Miami-based artist brings his intensely hued visions of Havana, Miami, New York, and Aleppo to 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in Chelsea. In these canvases, sharp-edged overlays of color call attention to elements of urban design, from planned street grids to the Golden Ratio as an emblem of rational thought. The exhibition opens this evening and runs through October 14.

Gustavo Acosta, Sixteen Flags and a Tropical Landscape

Courtesy Gallery 532 Thomas Jaeckel

And Serrano later. Later this month, Andrés Serrano opens a solo show at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea. Running September 28–November 4, the exhibition features selections from Serrano’s 2015 series on torture, among other works.

Mendieta at the Met Breuer. Ana Mendieta is among the roster of 60-plus artists featured in Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason 1950–1980, opening next Wednesday, September 13, at the Met Breuer. Mendieta is also among the artists featured in Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Bruguera in NYC. Tania Bruguera is among the speakers at the New Museum’s IdeasCity New York, presented next Saturday, September 16. Bruguera is slated to speak at 11:20 a.m., on a roster that includes fellow artists Mel Chin and Trevor Paglen and musician David Byrne. More details here.

In her role as the first artist-in-residence with New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Bruguera and her Immigrant Movement International project partnered with other organizations to launch Cycle News. The project brings immigrant women on bicycle into neighborhoods with large immigrant populations, where they distribute brochures about the services offered by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Bruguera’s exhibition Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder continues through October 16 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

The Cuba Series in Brooklyn.  Joseph Milazzo’s The Cuba Series: Portraits of the Old Guard comes to the Parish Hall at St. Paul’s Church in Brooklyn. The show runs 1–11:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 16 and Saturday, September 23, with an opening reception on the 16th, 7-11:30 p.m.

Courtesy Joseph Milazzo

Ballet Contemporáneo de Camagüey in NYC. The dance company makes its US debut next week with a three-day engagement at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. The company’s artistic director, Pedro Ruiz, was recently a visiting artist-in-residence at the College’s graduate dance program, and two dancers from the program will join the company in its New York performances. September 14–16. Ticket information here.

New CINTAS newsletter. The CINTAS Foundation recently launched a quarterly newsletter, with news of upcoming events and exhibitions—including our recent interview with curator Elizabeth Cerejido about Between the Real and the Imagined: Abstract Art from CINTAS Fellows, now on view at the Coral Gables Museum.

Edel Rodríguez makes news. The Cuban-born designer and art director is known for high-impact graphics. And that includes his designs for recent covers of the German magazine Der Spiegel and Time in the US. For a little background on Rodríguez and his art, see our 2015 interview.

Courtesy Edel Rodríguez Studio