Alejandro de la Fuente, a professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Pittsburgh, and artist Elio Rodríguez Valdés are the co-curators of Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art, which recently opened in New York at The 8th Floor gallery. Cuban Art News caught up with the curators in two separate interviews, combined here in a conversation about the exhibition and contemporary Cuban art in general.
Ben Rodríguez-Cubeñas of the Cuban Artists Fund and Rockefeller Brothers Fund is one of the principal organizers of ¡Sí Cuba!, the three-month festival of cultural events that kicks off at the end of this month. In a conversation with Cuban Art News, Rodríguez-Cubeñas talks about the festival, how it came about, and the events he’s most looking forward to.
While iconic images of the Revolution continue to fascinate the international media, Cuban contemporary culture is exploring other aspects of the 1960s—including the sexually expressive work of two enfants terribles, now on view in Havana.
Cuban artist Amelia Peláez (1896-1968) is widely recognized as a master of 20th-century modernism in Latin America. A new exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana takes a comprehensive look at her career.