Tag : Cuban Culture

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November 28, 2015 - January 16, 2016

Opening reception: Saturday, Nov. 28  7pm- 10pm

Art@Work Gallery
1245 SW 87 Ave.
Miami, FL 33174

The photographs in this series register sudden glitches or gaps in transmission in the unrelenting traffic of media images. They are of television advertisements during those intervals in which the signal is interrupted and the emitted image breaks up, fragmenting until nearly disintegrating. What remains is a trail of digital data, a wake of drifting fragments and vestiges of images that retain some trace of that which has already precipitously disappeared. In these photographs, I try to capture and document the digital trail left behind by an image in movement, its ephemeral trajectory from the recognizable to the abstract. From the visual detritus emerge new signifiers that evoke other subjectivities, other discourses, and other more static and contemplative temporalities. On being severed and extracted from their referents, the images are deactivated and emptied of their content and original purpose. In their estrangement, they engender new forms, a new visual syntax created with the intention of disrupting the intended order of representation and mechanisms of persuasion.

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GORY: Notes for a Retrospective, at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

From November 21, 2015 to January 16, 2016

Opening Reception: November 21, 7:00pm

Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective (Adriana Herrera y Willy Castellanos)

Aluna Art Foundation
1393 S.W. 1st. Street
Miami Fl. 33135

The notion that Art History is a theoretical and iconographic narrative where its construction – and deconstruction – can and should pass, given by the tension amongst the diverse modes of hegemony that captures its account, was vital for the conception of the exhibition by “Rogelio López Marín, “Gory”: Notes for a Retrospective”. As such, Aluna Curatorial Collective (Adriana Herrera y Willy Castellanos) makes a merited lengthy homage, to one of the pioneers of contemporary art in Cuba, owner of a vision that is as much personal as irreducible, and whose decisive contribution to art and photography – in the island and in the continent -, deserves to be re-dimensioned.

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CARMEN HERRERA ON HER CENTENNIAL, a celebration of Carmen Herrera’s life and work, at The New School, New York

An event co-sponsored by Cuba Art NY (CANY)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

7 pm

68 5th Ave. (& 13th Street), NYC
Room UL-105

Space is limited.
RSVP at: cccofny@aol.com

A celebration of Carmen Herrera‘s life and work on her 100th birthday year. After a lifetime of anonymity, Carmen Herrera is today one of the world’s most collectible living artists. Our celebration will consist of three documentaries, each produced ten years apart: the shorts Artist in Exile (1994) and Five Degrees of Freedom (2005), and a clip from The 100 Years Show (2015). The films include an in-depth interview with Ms. Herrera, covering her life in Cuba, her marriage, her time in Paris, her development as an artist, her relative obscurity as a painter until her later years, and her life in New York City today, already as an internationally recognized artist.

Welcoming remarks by Aurora de Armendi, director of our Visual Arts Program. The screening will be followed by a commentary by the distinguished curator and art historian Alejandro Anreus, who will also entertain questions from the audience on Ms. Herrera’s career, her upcoming exhibits, and her continued contribution to Cuba’s cultural patrimony.

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“Metallic”, a solo exhibition of works by Jorge Enrique at Waltman Ortega Fine Art, Miami

November 14 – December 16, 2015

Opening: November 14, 3-7 p.m


Waltman Ortega Fine Art
 2233 N.W. 2nd Avenue,
Miami, FL 33127 

In the most recent works by Jorge Enrique, the idea of beauty is at the center of the artist’s practice. While Enrique’s artwork of the last two decades communicated the irony that minimalist and abstract works could actually represent the deconstruction of an unforgiving cacophonous urban environment, and the gritty “truth” of graffitied texts and images could not be trusted, beauty in Enrique’s work has always been present.

Drawn to the intellectual spareness of abstraction and conceptualism, Enrique nevertheless uses a wide range of media – drawing, painting, silkscreen, monoprints, layered lifted images, sculpture and installation. And Enrique’s practice is very much concerned with materials shaping wood, sheet metal, paper, paint, epoxy, and resin into complex objects that undermine the ordinariness of their materials. These works are deliberate palimpsests – artworks whose history can be seen through the eroded exposure of under layers, visible by erasing, abrading, scraping and layering. The complex physicality of Enrique’s surfaces recalls ideas of age, decay, re-use, hidden images, and layers of meaning.

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Carlos Estévez: CELESTIAL TRAVELER, at Frost Art Museum, Miami

Sept. 12 through Jan. 3, 2016

Frost Art Museum
10975 SW 17th Street,
Miami, FL 33199

The Frost Art Museum welcomed artists to display a compilation of their best work, from giant urban-style tapestries to a collection of Everglades landscape paintings.

One of the more unique galleries, and a main attraction for the museum, is the “Celestial Traveler” exhibition by Carlos Estevez, a contemporary Cuban painter and an experimental mixed media artist.

The exhibit showcases an eclectic collection of different forms of artwork that he has worked on for years as he experimented with expressing different thoughts on the universe, religion, emotions and other topics. Viewers are provoked to think on an existential level, trying to guess the meanings behind Estevez’s intricate and symbolic pieces.



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Cuban O! Major Exhibit of Cuban Art at Northrup King Building, Minneapolis

October 1, 2015

Northrup King Building,
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

In a first-of-its-kind exhibit for the Twin Cities, a wide-ranging exhibit of contemporary Cuban art by more than a dozen internationally-recognized Cuban artists will be displayed from October 1st through October 4th in northeast Minneapolis.

The exhibit, consisting of dozens of works and called Cuban O!, is curated by Cuban artist Ciro Quintana, who has been recognized as one of the most well-known and influential figures in Cuban art over the last thirty years. Creator of Pure Group, Quintana is part of a legendary generation of artists that emerged in Cuba in the early 80s and who are responsible for a revolution in Cuban Art.

Art from the following artists will be represented: Gustavo Acosta; Jairo Alfonzo; Kenia Alguiñao; Nestor Arena; Henry Ballate; Jose Bedia; Ariel Cabrera; Consuelo Castañeda; Tomas Esson; Carlos Estevez; Adrian Morales; Ciro Quintana; Pedro Vizcaino.

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Rafael Lopez-Ramos: CHROMATIC APORIAS, at MOCA Proyect Gallery, North Miami

September, 19 2015   7-9pm

Museum of Contemporary Art
North Miami
Joan Lehman Building
770 NE 125th Street
North Miami, Florida 33161


In Chromatic Aporias the artist includes realistic renderings of tropical fruits paraphrasing the gaze of colonial Art; the syncretism of Afro-Cuban religious symbols and Catholic images; and the Revolution’s propaganda iconography. Now he adds typical Americana popular culture characters, and esoteric symbols related to the American political tradition. The carnivalesque mixture of such dissimilar narratives may connote the cultural, philosophical and political paradoxes faced by the Cuban soul today, in a contemporary reenactment of the Aristotelian concept of Aporia: the equality of contrary conclusions.

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Gustavo Acosta: “Timeline”, at Latin American Masters Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

September 12 – October 31, 2015

Reception for the Artist: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 6 – 8 PM

Latin American Masters Art Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave E2,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Latin American Masters is pleased to present, Timeline, an exhibition of recent paintings by Gustavo Acosta (Cuba, b. 1958). Acosta’s Timeline paintings feature the neo-romantic architecture of a seemingly abandoned city. Acosta’s treatment of surface, particularly the staining and layering of color, reinforce an awareness of time’s imprint. Yet, his paintings have an enigmatic, A-temporal quality, as if haunted by history. Rather than ghost towns, they appear as constructions from a parallel world that can never be entered, where threedimensional space flows seamlessly into two-dimensional geometry.

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Cesar Santos: “Drawings,” at Waltman Ortega Fine Art, Miami

Sept. 10 – Oct. 6, 2015

Opening reception: Th. Sept. 10, 5-9pm

Waltman Ortega Fine Art
2233 N.W. 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

Waltman Ortega Fine Art presents “Drawings”, a solo exhibition of works by Cesar Santos.
The exhibition is comprised of Santos’ most recent oil and mixed media paintings, drawings and sculptural work. The show opens to the public with the artist reception on Sept. 10, from 5-9 p.m., and remains on view through Oct. 6, 2015. The artist will be present during the vernissage.

A riff from his typically traditional style, in this series the artist adds to his classically technical approach with child-like drawings that reveal a more nuanced, subconscious rendering of his subjects.

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Rubén Torres Llorca in exhibit “A Russian, A Chinese, and a Cuban” at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

September 5 –  October 15, 2015

Aluna Art Foundation
1393 SW 1st Street
Miami FL 33135

The exhibition features works by the artists Alex Yuzdon, Guo Jian, and Rubén Torres LLorca. Curated by Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos, the show brings images of fraternity from China (Guo Jian), the celluloid Hollywood heroines and heroes by the Cuban Ruben Torres Llorca; and the deconstruction of epic stories coming from Soviet Union (Alex Yudzon).

The exhibition goes around questions related to XXI century History, pointing out History itself as a severe source of critics related to utopias.


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Maria Martinez-Cañas: What Remains, at Julie Saul Gallery, NY

September 10 – October 24, 2015

Opening reception: Thursday, September 10, 6-8 pm

Julie Saul Gallery
535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY – 10011   

Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce our sixth solo exhibition of Cuban-American Maria Martinez-Cañas, that will bring together two distinct and temporally disparate bodies of work: vintage photographic prints from the artist’s formative years in the early 1980s and new works on paper. Throughout her career, Martinez-Cañas has experimented with alternative processes and is known for exploring the subjects of identity, body, and nature. Presenting techniques that range from appropriation to photo collage, What Remains, aims to explore the dichotomy of presence and absence of the subject.

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DiSOLUCIÓN/DESILUSIÓN: Manuel Piña’s Photography and video, with Mauricio Alejo, at Punctum, Mexico D.F.

August 29 – September 23, 2015

Opening: August 29 – 11am.

Allende No.2, 1er piso. Colonia Centro.
México D.F.

Photography and video exhibition by Manuel Piña, with the intervention of Mauricio Alejo .

This is an exhibition of photographs and video on the theme of temporality, perception and image. This exhibition is part of an exchange project by artists living in different cities. This time Manuel Piña visit Mexico City and Mauricio Alejo is his host.

In Spanish
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A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell, at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine

Until September 27, 2015

Shaw Ruddock Gallery
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
9400 College Station, Brunswick ME 04011

A Mind of Winter includes photographs created at various sites in Maine during the winter of 2014–2015. Generously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the exhibition represents Morell’s first prolonged engagement in the state since his graduation from Bowdoin College and his first creative response to winter and the theme of climate change. The winner of the Infinity Award in Art given by the International Center of Photography in 2011, Morell taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design for twenty-seven years.

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Hamlet Lavastida: Prophylactic Life, at Dot Fiftyone Gallery, Miami

August 22 – October 10, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 20, 2015

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Dot Fiftyone Gallery 
187 NW 27 Street -
Wynwood Arts District,
Miami FL 33127

Curator: Janet Batet  

Hamlet Lavastida’s sophisticated artistic proposal focuses on the field of history, ideology and collective memory. The artist is interested in the diagnosis and the reconstruction of a particular iconographic memory associated with the ideological notion of “prophylaxis” wielded by the Cuban Revolution of 1959 as an indoctrination tool aimed at the conversion of the individual in the long awaited archetype of the “New Man”.

By the term “prophylactic work” is known in Cuba the ideological prevention, and educational guidance designed to ensure the full integration of the individual into the realm of the Socialist construction project.

Circumscribed to the period 1960-1990, this body of work, a sort of post structuralism scrutiny, centers on the review of official documents and images directly associated with the imagery of prevention, orientation, and coercion.

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Group Show “Concrete Cuba” at David Zwirner Gallery, London

September 5 – October 3, 2015

Private view: Friday 4 September 2015, 6 – 8 PM

Press preview with art historian Abigail McEwen: 10 AM

David Zwirner
24 Grafton Street
London W1S 4EZ

David Zwirner is pleased to present a comprehensive exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the Cuban group of abstract painters Los Diez PintoresConcretos (Ten Concrete Painters), which was active from 1959 to 1961, at the gallery’s London location. Concrete Cuba is the first presentation in the United Kingdom to highlight the origins of concretism in Cuba during the 1950s, and will include important works by the eleven artists who were at different times associated with the short-lived group:Pedro ÁlvarezWifredo ArcayMario CarreñoSalvador CorratgéSandú DariéLuis Martínez PedroAlberto MenocalJosé MijaresPedro de Oraá,José Ángel RosabalLoló Soldevilla, and Rafael Soriano




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Ana Mendieta In ‘Between History And The Body’

From Forbes


By Ann Binlot, Contributor

Cuban artist Ana Mendieta was a rising artist before she tragically jumped out of a window in her Greenwich Village apartment, falling 33 floors to her death following a fight with her husband, artist Carl André, in 1985. Since then, she has become a cult figure in the art world. A series of six self-portraits shot in 1972, titled “Untitled (Glass on Body Imprints)”, depicts Mendieta in a position that is both vulnerable and powerful as she presses a pane of glass against various body parts, including her butt, breasts and torso.

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Juana Valdés: “Mettre Noir Sur Blanc,” at Guttenberg Arts Gallery, NJ

July 3 – Aug. 1, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, July 10, 2015

Guttenberg Arts Gallery
6903 Jackson St.
Guttenberg, NJ 07093

As a multidisciplinary artist Juana Valdes’ work traces, recollects, and records her own personal experience of migration, directly informed by her AfroCuban ethnicity growing up in America.

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Maria Elena González: “Grand Prize Solo” exhibition at the 31st Ljubljana Biennial, Slovenia

Aug. 28 – Nov. 1, 2015

Opening Reception: Aug. 28, 2015


Cankarjev dom
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Maria Elena González’s “Tree Talk” series received the Grand Prize during the 30th Ljubljana Biennale. For this exhibition, she will present new work in such series and have the world premier of “Skowhegan Birch #2.” A sculpture/music composition where she translated the bark patterns into a roll for a player piano by having them digitally cut in, to see what kind of sounds would result. When played, the scroll has an unexpected “score”: the phrasing, polyphony, and rhythm seem deliberately composed and modern. This project allows us to hear the “music” of the birch tree, and reminds us of the inherent logic that exists in all of nature’s patterns.

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Diango Hernández: “Eugene”, at Kunsthalle Münster, Germany

June 30 – Sept. 6, 2015

Opening: June 28, 2015  3 pm

Kunsthalle Münster
Hafenweg 28
48155 Münster

If a pessimist were to dismiss travel as pointless – that any journey entails consenting to the company of one’s self – then the sensually charged installations, material assemblages, drawings, photographs, and pictures of Diango Hernández sends the viewer on a journey that presents an inspired opportunity to be both simultaneously outside of one’s self and contained within it.

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Carlos Estévez: Plenilunio at Enlace – Arte contemporáneo, Lima, Perú

June 16 – July 31, 2015

Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneo
Av. Camino Real 1123 San Isidro, Lima 27 – Perú 

Galeria Enlace Arte Contemporaneo and Carlos Estevez are pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition, Plenilunio. The show’s title refers to the full moon as a symbol of illumination. The moon not only brings about an essential cycle in our existence, but it also illuminates the deep corners of our minds. Through sixteen canvasses and four drawings, Carlos Estevez hopes to share his illuminated vision of life, particularly of a recent and prolific period in his career.

The works examine various themes such as spiritual journeys, the search for success, family ties, among others. These themes are explored through visual representations that mix symbols from music, animal morphology, and a series of lines which seamlessly bring together the figures or sometimes expand them.

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Anthony Goicolea group exhibition at the Magnan Metz Gallery, New York

June 18 – August 7, 2015

Magnan Metz Gallery 
521 West 26th Street,
New York, NY 10001

A Weekend in the Country

Curated by Paul Laster

Magnan Metz Gallery is proud to announce the opening of A Weekend in the Country, a group exhibition of contemporary artists Jude Broughan​, Ernesto Caivano, Anthony Goicolea​, Ellen Harvey​, Jason Middlebrook​, Donna Moylan​ and Spencer Tunick​, curated by Paul Laster.

Together, these artists explore a dialogue between landscape and abstraction.

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Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna, at Frost Art Museum, Miami

June 13 - Sept. 13, 2015

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
10975 S.W. 17 Street
Miami, FL  33199

One of the foremost contemporary Cuban artists, Carlos Luna is part of a generation of artists who embrace their strong Cuban heritage and traditions but have reinvented themselves along the way.

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Pavel Acosta: PRESENT WORKS, at Guttenberg Arts, NJ

June 5 – July 1, 2015

Opening reception: Friday June 5th, 7pm-9pm

Guttenberg Arts
6903 Jackson St,
Guttenberg, NJ 07093

Join us Friday June 5th for the opening reception of “Present Works” by Pavel Acosta on display at Guttenberg Arts.

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Teresita Fernández: FATA MORGANA, at Madison Square Park, NYC

From TimeOut New York

Over the past 15 years, artist Teresita Fernández has created more than a dozen public art projects that put the viewer in the role of both spectator and performer. Recalling natural phenomena, her evocative installations, which could be called conceptual landscapes, often rely on optical illusions that become more magical with repeated visits. She talks about her new piece, Fata Morgana, at Madison Square Park, and the earlier works that led to it.

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Luis Gispert, Aqua Regia, at OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

May 29 – Jun 27, 2015

Opening reception
Friday, May 29

OHWOW Gallery
937 N. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069

OHWOW Gallery is pleased to announce Aqua Regia, Luis Gispert’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, presenting a series of two-dimensional works, each comprised of quasi-asphalt slabs embedded with varied strands of gold chain. Concepts surrounding American culture and the fetishization of value have inspired the artist’s work over the years, and those interests continue to serve as the basis from which all his ideas evolve. Regardless of the visual vehicle used to interpret his acumen, Gispert’s sensibility is always palpable.

The work presented in Aqua Regia translates through visual and tactile methods. Densely black planks appear interrupted by channels of delicately metallic line in a nonobjective abstract manner. Arriving at a closer proximity, these works of expressionistic gesture disclose to the viewer: they confess not to be minimalist paintings, as Gispert’s panels reveal a particular style of line. Each piece serves as a sample of analysis, identifying marks associated directly to this artist’s hand.

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Pavel Acosta and Juana Valdes, Summer 2015 Guttenberg Arts Residents.


My artwork is a multi-disciplinary practice that combines the process of printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramic. It integrates the social-political discourse within the art object to analyze relationships between contemporary and historical imagery and their connection to the social, political and economical dominance of the cultures that produce them and their impact on cultural memory.


All my work revolves around stealing. In Cuba, after graduating from the Higher Institute of Art and with little access to unaffordable art materials, I stole dry paint from the crumbling city walls and the objects around me to do collages of recycled paint on paper and canvases. I wanted to survive as an artist in the same way people does in Cuba – smuggling the State resources within the black market as the way to compensate for low salaries and scarcities. I was interested in exploring the boundaries between destroying something, or commiting a crime and creating, as well as the concepts of etics and morality within my society.

Guttenberg Arts is dedicated to promoting the visual arts by providing practicing artists with the space and time to develop their work while engaging with the public. Guttenberg Arts aims to increase opportunities for supported artists by expanding their community through artistic collaborations and promotion to curators and collectors in the tri-state area.

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Carlos Martiel’s “Ascensión”, at MAAS/Mandragoras Art Space, New York

May 16, 2015

MAAS | Mandragoras Art Space
3601 36 Ave. 3rd. Fl
Long Island City, NY 11106

MAAS | Mandragoras Art Space is proud to open its 2015 Programming presenting Cuban artist Carlos Martiel, on his first solo performance in New York City.

Where is the line that divides a hero from a murderer?

“Ascención” questions the perception of heroism as dependent on the use of power in matters of political conflict and world peace. Martiel bases his critique on the military system, where heroism is grounded on rank and rivalry, and that vindicates authoritarianism and the sacrifice of life for the common good.

In his piece, the artist creates a compelling situation where the audience is able to experience the consequences of patriotism and hierarchy. The problem of violence and power is a constant on Martiel’s discourse. On this occasion, it questions those at the forefront of the arms race, promoting themselves as peacemakers, but ultimately enforcing a world of dominance.

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada sets Terrestrial Interventions from Buenos Aires to San Antonio

Ninna Azzarello

Cuban American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada shares his latest works — a series of three portraits set within geographically diverse locations and using various artistic techniques. San Antonio, Texas — Paris, France — and Buenos Aires, Argentina are the home to Rodríguez-Gerada’s new works for his ‘terrestrail series’ and urban mural.

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Revision: Angel Delgado at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

April 18th to June 27th, 2015

Aluna Art Foundation
1393 S.W. 1st. Street
Miami Fl. 33135

Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective

Aluna Art Foundation inaugurates a new headquarter in Little Havana, Miami, on April 18th of 2015, conceived as a space for art and culture to generate new dynamics in the sector and in the city.

Delgado incorporates sculptures and drawings from the last decade, with media such as soaps, trays or sheets derived from the practices of survival from prison. It also presents serigraphs inspired by an alphabet invented then and large paintings about forms of oppression in a dizzying and globalized world but corroded social indifference. This show will take place with the release of several exhibitions dedicated to the concept of Parrhesia, a term which in ancient Greek meant “speak the truth,”- and the contradictions between censorship and the exercise of freedom of thought in artistic creation and literary.


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Teresita Fernandez at McNally Jackson Books, SoHo, NY

Friday, April, 3, 2015 7:00 pm

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince StNew York,
New York10012-3309

Join artist Teresita Fernandez and essayist Eliot Weinberger for a discussion of the artist’s MASS MoCA exhibition and accompanying publication As Above So Below. On view until April 6th, Fernandez’s exhibition, her largest solo to date, comprises immersive installations across widely varying scales, from the panoramic to the intimate. Wienberger, who wrote his new essay collection A Calendar of Stones for the exhibition catalog, will introduce and interview Teresita.

Teresita Fernandez‘s work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking. She is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In late April this year, her monumental public art project, Fata Morgana, will open in Madison Square Park.  

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