Our woman in Havana: Exploring what it means to be Cuban / The Havana Biennial, Part 2

Contributed by Katarina Wong / One of the strongest and most ambitious exhibitions in the 13th Havana Biennial is at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), which is on view through September in celebration of the city’s 500th anniversary. The ground floor exhibition “Museos interiores (Interior museums)” features new acquisition from some of Cuba’s … read more… “Our woman in Havana: Exploring what it means to be Cuban / The Havana Biennial, Part 2”

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Our woman in Havana: The Construction of the Possible, Part 1

This is the first of two posts that highlight work from the 2019 Havana Biennial in and around Old Havana area. Look for Part 2 next week. // Contributed by Katarina Wong / After being postponed due to hurricane damage from 2017, the Havana Biennial, organized by the Centro de Arte Contemporanéo Wifredo Lam, launched on … read more… “Our woman in Havana: The Construction of the Possible, Part 1”

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Zilia Sánchez, surrounded by the sea

Contributed by Katarina Wong / In Zilia Sánchez’s retrospective currently on view at The Phillips Collection, a video shows her on the beach, casting one of her shaped paintings “Soy Isla (I Am an Island)” into the waves. This piece sets the tone for an exceptional exhibition from a fiercely independent artist. Born in Cuba in 1926, and … read more… “Zilia Sánchez, surrounded by the sea”

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Artist to artist: An exchange with Cuba

At the official level, the United States has politically and economically ostracized Cuba for the past 60 years, since communist dictator Fidel Castro took power and helped precipitate the Cuban Missile Crisis. But after the Cold War ended, mutual cultural exploration expanded; recall, for instance, the stateside success of Ry Cooder’s 1997 album Buena Vista Social Club, a collaboration with … read more… “Artist to artist: An exchange with Cuba”

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