Last Friday, officials of the Cuban and Italian governments confirmed a 2.5 million euro contribution by Italy to Havana’s Instituto de Arte Superior (ISA). The funding will help restore the original theater arts complex, and represents a major step in reclaiming the abandoned buildings of the National Art Schools, now acclaimed as architectural treasures.
This past year has seen some notable public art installations, particularly in the New York area and Southern California. Here’s a quick look at some of the works by (and about) Cuban and Cuban American artists that debuted in 2018–2019.
Built in the early 1960s, Cuba’s National Art Schools (now part of the Instituto Superior de Artes, or ISA) have long been regarded as a landmark in modern international architecture. A recently announced grant from the Getty Foundation lays the groundwork for a broader restoration project.
From an essay on Cuban art collecting to a Billboard take on "el paquete" and the island’s music industry, this season has brought in-depth, thought-provoking coverage of Cuban art and culture. Here are our picks for must-read stories, plus a video.