Friday in Tampa: A frame from the video Tortuga, 2018, by Javier Castro, from the series Cuatro Cosas Básicas/Four Basic Things; commissioned by the USF Contemporary Art Museum.
Courtesy USFCAM

Introducing 7 Days, the speed-read for Cuban art events in the coming week.

Tonight, January 11: West Palm Beach

VIP Preview, Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary. Look for works by Wifredo Lam and other mid-century Cuban artists at Cernuda Arte (Booth PB250). 5–9 p.m.

At the Cernuda Arte booth: Wifredo Lam, Untitled (Bird with Figures), 1972
Courtesy Cernuda Arte

Friday, January 12: Havana

Launch for issues 3 and 4 of “Artecubano” magazine, Galería Villa Manuela. Featuring cover stories on Cuban contemporary architecture and on 2016 National Visual Arts Award winner José Manuel Fors. 4 p.m.

Friday, January 12: Havana

2nd National Exhibition of Art Brut Project Cuba at Riera Studio. With support from the Norwegian Embassy. Opening reception at 7 p.m.

Courtesy Riera Studio

Friday, January 12: Tampa

Opening for “Climate Change: Cuba/USA” at USF Contemporary Art Museum. New works by Glexis Novoa, Celia y Yunior, Tonel (Antonio Eligio Fernández), and Javier Castro explore the changes—or lack of them—that shifting diplomatic relations have brought to Cuban society. A 10 a.m. symposium will be followed by an artists’ conversation from 6 to 7 p.m., and reception from 7 to 9.

Friday, January 12: New York City

50th Anniversary Restoration of “Memories of Underdevelopment,” Film Forum. The classic by Tomás Guttiérrez Alea gets a new 4K restoration and a one-week run at Film Forum, the pioneer Lower Manhattan art-film theater (celebrating its own 50th anniversary in 2020).

From Memories of Underdeveopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968)
Courtesy Film Forum

Saturday, January 13: Miami

Rosa Lowinger speaks on “Tropicana Modern: A Cultural Journey Through Havana’s Nightclub Era, 1925–1959,”Wolfsonian-FIU, 3 p.m. As part of Miami’s annual “Art Deco Weekend,” Lowinger will be “taking people on a somewhat meandering tour of an era in Cuba,” she tells us, “when architecture, dance, music, and the visual arts became transformed together into a modern expression that was decidedly Cuban.

“In the early 20th century Cuba was a new republic, just getting its political sea legs, if you will. By about 1920 or so, Cuban avant-garde intellectuals and artists started grappling with what cubanidad or Cuban-ness was all about. The result was a decidedly modern expression that in music gave birth to mambo, cha-cha-cha, and Afro-Cuban jazz, and in architecture gave rise to the stunning mid-century modern buildings that are so revered today.”

Courtesy Rosa Lowinger

Wednesday, January 17: West Palm Beach

Collectors’ First View, Art Palm Beach. Look for works by Carlos Estévez, Rubén Torres Llorca, and Ciro Quintana at the Kendall Art Center booth (514), and works by Tomás Sánchez, Wifredo Lam, and others at Latin Art Core (booth 112). 6–10 p.m.

At the Latin Art Core booth: Tomás Sánchez, Orilla y meditador, 1995
Courtesy artprice.com

Wednesday, January 17: Panama City

“Sin embargo es la vida…Works by Servando Cabrera Moreno” opens at NG Art Gallery. The artist’s first gallery exhibition in Panama City takes its title from a series of drawings done in the year of his death. Drawn from the holdings of the Servando Cabrera Library Museum in Havana and the Los Carbonell Foundation in Panama City, the show surveys Cabrera Moreno’s full career.

Servando Cabrera Moreno, La hora azul
Courtesy NG Art Gallery

Thursday, January 18: Madrid

Opening for “Jorge Carruana Bances: Hi-ro-shi-ma” at Twin Gallery. Curator Suset Sánchez assembles a selection of the artist’s work from the 1980s and later, inspired by Japanese erotic prints of the 17th–20th centuries. Reception 7–9:30 p.m.

Jorge Carruana Bances, Sin título, 1982
Courtesy Twin Gallery

Thursday, January 18: Miami

“Parallel Stories: Contemporary Cuban Art” opens at Artium Miami Art Gallery. Curated by Hortensia Romero and Vicky Romay, with Pedro Pablo Oliva, Jacqueline Maggi, Carlos García, José Franco, Sandra Ramos, Ribogerto Mena, Rubén Alpízar, and The-Merger. Opening reception 6 p.m.

Thursday, January 18: Miami

Art Talk: Carlos Garaicoa and Glexis Novoa at PAMM. Celebrating the third installment of the exhibition On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Garaicoa and Novoa discuss their work in relation to this chapter’s theme, Domestic Anxieties. 7 p.m.

At PAMM next Thursday: Glexis Novoa
Photo: Adalberto Roque, courtesy PAMM
Also at PAMM: Carlos Garaicoa
Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith, courtesy PAMM

Thursday, January 18: Charlotte, NC

Carlos Estévez: Transeúntes (Transients)” opens at LaCa Projects. Inspired by his ceramic work during a 2016 residency and the superb people-watching in the Place des Voges in Paris, Estévez’s new work delves deeper into the subtleties of human interaction. In tribute to Estévez’s series Dream Ballet, LaCa Projects will host a performance by the Charlotte Ballet and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Reception 6–8 p.m.