Thursday December 14, 2017

Update: Campos-Pons in Nashville, Pérez & Fuego in NYC, Irina Elén in Miami

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Sugar/Bittersweet, 2010

Courtesy the artist; photo by Stephen Petegorsky

Campos-Pons in Nashville. It’ll be a busy couple of weeks in Tennessee for the Boston-based artist, whose María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Journeys opens on October 7 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. A second Nashville opening follows on October 12 as María Magdalena Campos-Pons: MAMA/RECIPROCAL ENERGY, a show of large-scale drawings and a three-channel video, debuts at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. That show kicks off with a 5:30 roundtable discussion, “Exile, Memory and Identity: A Conversation on Race in Cuba with María Magdalena Campos-Pons,” followed by a reception. Then on October 14 at 6 p.m., Campos-Pons will present a work of performance art in the auditorium at the Frist Center. And from October 10 through 18, she’s a Visiting Resource Professor at Vanderbilt.

Pérez and Fuego in New York. A note from the folks at Cuban Art Space: You are invited to our next stellar show of imaginative, delightful, whimsical new works by Cuban artists Marlys Fuego and William Pérez. The show, Convivencias (Living Together), features collaborative and independent work by one of the up-and-coming “power couples” of contemporary Cuban art. On view through November 19; the opening reception is this Thursday, October 6, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Irina Elén in Miami. When Dreams Come True is the apt title for Irina Elén González’s first U.S. show at Cernuda Arte in Coral Gables. The 22 canvases evoke a world of fantasy, seemingly conjured up by the dreaming women who inhabit them. The artist will be coming from Cuba—Piñar del Rio, to be exact—for the opening, which takes place at the gallery on Friday, October 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Creole Choir of Cuba Tours Northeast. Wrapping up a month-long U.S. tour, the Camagüey-based Creole Choir of Cuba is spending the next ten days in the Northeast. Singing in Creole, French, and Spanish, the vibrant 10-person troupe recounts stories of ancestors from Haiti, Dominica, and Cuba itself. They make their Boston-area debut on Saturday evening in Somerville MA, then play New York’s Symphony Space on Sunday evening, October 2. From there, the group hits the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College on October 5, Kean University in Union NJ on the 9th, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst MA on the 11th.

Last Chance to See. In her interview with Cuban Art News last spring, curator Judith Keller talked about the photo exhibition A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now, describing it as “three very different views of Cuba” and explaining the “lyrical documentary” approach of the show’s contemporary photographers. At L.A.’s Getty Center, the show closes this Sunday, October 2.