Tamayo in Havana. Visitors to Galería Habana might think they wandered into a baseball clubhouse as Reynerio Tamayo: Cuba en pelota pays homage to the sport and its place in the Cuban imagination. Tamayo mixes icons of Cuban culture with legendary ball players and at times, art history—as in Good-bye Big Papi, 2016, which immortalizes both Dominican Major Leaguer David “Big Papi” Ortiz and pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, or Kandinky-style Pitch, 2013 (above). On view through April 21.
And GlitchMix. US artist Mark Amerika joins Cuban artists Yonlay Cabrera and Fidel García in GlitchMix, not an error, which opened this past Friday in Havana. Curated by Estudio Figueroa-Vives, the show fills the galleries of the Estudio in Vedado and its next-door neighbor, the Norwegian Embassy. “Glitch art” uses digital and analogue errors in electronic devices, videos, music, and online sites: GlitchMix explores the artists’ creative uses of these errors in videos, sound art, net art, photography, and installations. On view through May.
López-Chávez at Servando. Last Friday also saw the opening of Luis Enrique López-Chávez: Contra las poetas at Galería Servando in Havana. The show runs through May 17.
Opening today: Serones. Following their 2015 exhibition Gráfica interactive, the art group Serones—comprised of Antonio Álvarez Zayas and Alejandro Pablo García Alarcón—returns to the Sala Teatro of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes for Serones: Gráfica interactive II, opening today.
And tomorrow, architecture with Los Carpinteros. Los Carpinteros are opening their Havana workshop for the exhibition El Museo de las máquinas: Arquitectura de espacios cerrados en las décadas del 60 y 70 de la revolución cubana (The Museum of the machines: Architecture of closed spaces in the 1960s and 1970s during the Cuban Revolution). The exhibition features furniture and designs by more than a dozen architects and designers, including Roberto Gottardi, Walter Betancourt, and María Teresa Muñiz. Curated by Abel González Fernández, with the assistance of artists Hamlet Lavastida, Leandro Feal, Renier Quer (Requer) and Rigoberto Díaz, the exhibition opens with a 7 p.m. reception. The opening is preceded by a scheduled visit to the experimental house designed by Mercedes Álvares and Hugo D’Acosta.
Coming Soon: Omni Zona Franca at Aglutinador. On April 9, the pioneering Havana alternative Espacio Aglutinador will host the pioneering alternative art and performance group Omni Zona Franca (poética operative) in the program “Malditos de la posguerra.” 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at Espacio Aglutinador.
Cordero in Milan. Last night, Raúl Cordero: Words are wind / Le parole sono vento opened at Federico Luger (FL Gallery) in Milan. The show's eight new paintings depict sailboats, architecture, and landscapes, and often incorporate elements of text or wordplay. The show runs through May 28.
Cuban artists in Paris. Jorge Camacho, Joaquín Ferrer, and Roberto Álvarez-Ríos are among the five artists showcased in Regard sur la peinture latino-américaine, on view through April 29 at the Galerie Les Yeux Fertiles.
Carruana Bances in Rome. Last summer, curator and critic Suset Sánchez profiled the work of artist and animator Jorge Carruana Bances for Cuban Art News. Now, the Reale Accademia di Spagna a Roma is presenting a show of his work. Jorge Carruana Bances: Fumetti, Sesso, Guerra… opens next Thursday, April 6, with a 7 p.m. reception. On Wednesday, April 26, there will be a presentation about Carruana Bances and Cuban animation of the 1960s. The show runs through May 7.
Opening Saturday: Luna in Washington DC. It started out at the Frost Museum of Art in Miami in summer of 2015, then traveled to the Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños in Mexico last fall. Now, Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna is headed to the Katzen Art Center of American University in Washington, DC. The show opens this Saturday, April 1, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., and runs through May 28.
Next Thursday: Pérez in Chelsea. A double show at Jacob Lewis Gallery pairs the oversized abstract canvases of Emilio Pérez—with their carved, almost sculptural surfaces—and the abstract sculpture of Leonardo Drew. The show opens with a 6 p.m. reception on Thursday, April 6, and runs through May 6.
Esson in Miami. Last week, Tomás Esson: Miami Flow opened at Fredric Snitzer Gallery. The show pairs a series of new paintings with selected paintings and drawings from the artist’s archives. A member of the 80s Generation, Esson has long combined social commentary in his work with fantastical sexuality. The show runs through April 20.
Coming Soon: Novoa in Miami. A double show at David Castillo Gallery pairs recent work by Glexis Novoa with the work of Puerto Rican artist Gamaliel Rodríguez. Opening with a 7 p.m. reception on Thursday, April 13, Glexis Novoa: Bad Niños & Gamaliel Rodríguez: Greetings from the Abandoned Land runs through May 31.
Opening Saturday: Identity and Belonging in Jacksonville. The common ground shared by a diverse group of artists—some of whom came to the US as children, others as adults—is explored in this show, opening April 1 at Wall Street Fine Art gallery. The nine artists on view are Antonio Guerrero, Alex Nuñez, Ana María Sarlat, Luisa Mesa, Nestór Arenas, Rafael López-Ramos, Ciro Quintana, Sergio Payares, and Vicente Dopico-Lerner. The show runs through April 30.
Opening next Thursday: Cuban artists in Key West. Lisandra Ramírez, Mabel Poblet, and The-Merger fill the galleries at the Studios of Key West in a joint exhibition running through April 27. The opening reception runs 6–8 p.m. next Thursday, April 6.
Severo Secreto in Miami. Next Thursday, April 6, is also the date for a screening of Severo Secreto, a cinematic essay on Cuban exile writer Severo Sarduy (1937–1993). Filmmakers Oneyda González and Gustavo Pérez will take part in a post-screening discussion moderated by Catalina Quesada Gómez. 6:30 p.m. at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus of Florida International University. Details and RSVP here.
Tonight: 10 Million in NYC. At Repertorio Español, Havana’s Argos Teatro wraps its two-night run of 10 Million with a 7 p.m. performance. The play by Carlos Celdrán “offers a raw version of the history of Cuba,” wrote El Nuevo Herald. “With 10 Million, we are attending a true act of confession, intimacy” wrote OnCuba magazine, “a devastating and frontal dialogue with the audience.”
Artist residency for Juana Valdes. Valdes recently began a three-month residency at Sunday Morning @ekwc, a ceramics workshop in the Netherlands. While there, she writes, she is “working with bone china altering the ‘clay body’ through its chemical composition by adding pigment directly to the clay. Creating new non-traditional clay pieces that emulate skin tones, using color to questions the clay's pureness—its ‘whiteness’ of the bone china.” Valdes’s residency is supported by her 2016 grant from the National Association of the Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fund for the Arts.
And a residency for Arrechea. Alexandre Arrechea has been selected by the Atlanta-based arts organization Flux Projects for participation in its 2017 Flux Exchange. The program invites three artists annually to explore the city of Atlanta as a site for a future large-scale public art project. Arrechea will be in Atlanta during July and August.
Letter of protest. Cuban artists and curators were among more than 75 signatories of a letter, published in the Nuevo Herald, to protest the removal of Santa y Andrés, the film by Carlos Lechuga, from competition in the Havana New York Film Festival. The festival had planned to screen the film out of competition, but it was withdrawn by Lechuga following the change in status.
Open call: Curatorial travel grant. The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Independent Curators International are inviting applications for their 2017 travel award for Central America and the Caribbean. The grant supports curatorial travel to one or more locations in these regions, for anywhere between three weeks and three months. Costs of up to US$10,000 are covered. Travel must take place between June and November of this year. The deadline for application is April 30. Bilingual guidelines and additional information here.