The fairs aren’t the only spots for Cuban art during Miami Art Week. Here are our top picks for Cuba-focused exhibitions and events, during Art Week and after.
NOW ON VIEW
Relational Undercurrents at the Frost. If you missed it in Los Angeles and New York—or are ready to see it again—the Frost Art Museum at FIU is hosting Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago. The exhibition “offers a compellingly revisionist understanding of art from the region,” our reviewer Daniell Cornell wrote about the exhibition earlier this year.
“Curators Tatiana Flores and Michelle A. Stephens have resisted the usual interpretations that focus on the diverse cultural heritages of the Caribbean,” he continued. “Instead, they have deployed the geological topography of archipelago as a metaphor to suggest how art reveals continuities and shared experiences among the various island nations.”
The show’s roster includes approximately 20 Cuban artists—among them, Quisqueya Henríquez, Carlos Martiel, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Glenda León. Through January 13.
Kindred Spirits at Coral Gables. Cuban artists working the state of New Jersey are the focus of Kindred Spirits: Ten Artists by the Hudson. Curated by Anelys Álvarez, the exhibition features work by Juan Carlos Alom, Ariel Cabrera, William Pérez, and Geandy Pavón, among others. On view through December 9.
AT THE GALLERIES
Opening Friday: Alexandre Arrechea: Uninhabited Order at Fredric Snitzer Gallery. Opening this Friday, November 30, Arrechea’s solo exhibition complements Redo, his installation presented by Snitzer in the Kabinett section of Art Basel Miami Beach. Uninhabited Order features three large-scale watercolors, a sculpture, and an installation. The opening reception runs 7–9 p.m. on Friday.
García Roig and Sánchez at Cernuda Arte. In addition to its stand at Art Miami, the Coral Gables gallery is presenting two exhibitions in its own space: Lilian García-Roig – Made in Cuba and Tomás Sánchez: Paintings, Works on Paper and Early Lithographs.
Opening tonight: The Moon in the Mirror: A Gaze of Her Own. At Ninoska Huerta Gallery in Coral Gables, this international group show of women artists features five from Cuba: Aimée García, Aimée Pérez, Marta María Pérez, Mabel Poblet, and Gladys Triana. Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective (Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos), the exhibition opens tonight with a 5 p.m. reception. Through December 30.
Saturday, December 1: Cuban Art at Collection Suites. In collaboration with Doral Contemporary Art Museum, Cuban artists are getting a jump on Art Week with a night of exhibitions, 5–10 p.m., at Collection Suites in Doral.
Gustavo Acosta: A Walk on the Timeline (Suite #201). Pan American Art Projects presents a selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures by the artist. With the collaboration of DorCAM, Art Industry Movement, and Concrete Space Gallery.
José Bedia: A Contracorriente (Suite #104). New paintings and sculpture by the artist, presented by Raúl de Molina.
ADDED 11/29: Against Gravity (Suite #101). Ten artists in the Jorge Reynardus Collection—including Sandra Ramos, Carlos Cárdenas, and Néstor Arenas—are showing new work in an exhibition curated by Aldo Menéndez.
Saturday, December 1: Salón del Humor. At the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, this group show presents the work of 16 graphic artists and caricaturists, mostly Miami-based Cuban artists such as “Aristide” Pumariega and Leyser “Ley” Martínez. The opening night reception kicks off at 7 p.m., with an 8:30 screening of Olé Cuba, a tribute to Cuban comedian Leopoldo Fernández. On view through January.
Sunday, December 2: José Bedia: Watering Past Ground. This fall, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts commissioned Bedia to create works for its lobby and concert hall. Watering Past Ground marks the public debut of four new paintings in a series of shaped canvases. Overall, the exhibition includes two works on paper and eight paintings on canvas. Part of the ongoing Visual Miami@Arsht program, the show will be on view through March. The opening reception runs 5–7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Arsht Center.
Saturday, December 8: Cuban Basel. As Art Week winds down, the store on 8th Street formerly housing Sala Furniture turns into an exhibition space, showcasing some 17 artists—among them, Consuelo Castañeda, Ernesto Oroza, Rodolfo Peraza, and Lia Villares. Presented by Umbrella Art Foundation, the show runs through December 22. The opening-night event will feature a live performance by vocalist Cachita López, seen here in a performance at the 2016 La Musa Awards.
Sunday, December 9: Breakfast with Kindred Spirits. Close out the week at the Coral Gables Museum, and breakfast with the artists and curator of Kindred Spirits: Ten Artists by the Hudson. 9:30–10:30 a.m.