WAG Presents Canadian Premiere Of Cuban Art Exhibition

WAG Presents Canadian Premiere Of Cuban Art Exhibition

WINNIPEG, MB., September 28, 2009: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is the first Canadian venue for an outstanding exhibition of contemporary Cuban art. Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection will have a public opening at 7pm on Thursday, October 22. It continues until January 10.

The exhibition is an innovative collection of 58 contyemporary artworks created by 40 Cuban-born artists. Approximately half of these artists reside in Cuba, while the rest live in other countries across North America and Europe. Their work covers a broad range of media, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and installations.

“This exhibition examines a rich and varied history that few outside Cuba have had the opportunity to explore,” says WAG Director Dr. Stephen Borys. “It highlights the cultural mixing, aesthetic diversity, and critical voice that reflect the influence of international contemporary art, but more importantly, emerge from the distinct circumstances of Cuba itself.

“Over the past three decades, the art of Cuba has had a remarkable impact on emerging global contemporary art,” according to curator Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art from the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. “The First Havana Biennial of 1984 firmly established Cuba as a regional and world centre for contemporary art, and this exhibition dramatizes the extraordinary production and innovation of its artists since then. Drawing on a variety of experimental, conceptual, and postmodern strategies, Cubans have challenged accepted artistic and political discourse not only in their own society but in the international arena. In many ways, they have reversed conventional art-world notions of “center” and “periphery” with their provocative, ironic, and critical approach.”

The exhibition includes significant works by internationally renowned artists such as José Bedia, Antonio Fernandez, Los Carpinteros, Tania Bruguera, Carlos Garaicoa, Alexis Leyva, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Magdalena Campos Pons, and Elsa Mora.

Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection features rarely exhibited works, some never before seen outside Cuba. The works presented here were selected from the extensive collection of Howard and Patricia Farber of New York and Miami Beach. The exhibition is originated by the Samuel P. Harn Museum at the University of Florida and is toured by Curatorial Assistance, Pasadena, California.

Related Programs

Members’ Preview • Thurs, October 22, 11am–9pm, tours at 2 and 7pm, refreshments

Public Opening • Thursday, October 22, 7-10om

Cuban Film Festival • Saturday, 2pm • October 24, November 7, November 21, December 19

Drop-In Tours • 2pm, Sunday, November 1, 15, and 29

Screen Printed Posters • Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15 • Registration deadline: October 26.
Mixed Media • Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22 • Registration deadline: October 29 • Call 788-1766.

Art for Lunch • 12:10pm
Wednesday, November 18 • Talk with Cuban artist Dalvia Tuya Valido and Ray Dirks, Curator of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery
Wednesday, November 25 • Exhibition tour

Talk • Thursday, November 12 ,7pm • Everything within the Revolution: Culture, Creativity, and the State in Cuba • Professor Jason Yaremko,

Art After Dark • Friday, November 30, 8-11pm • Exhibition tours



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