Queens College art exhibit celebrates
Cuba’s rich diversity and history
BY JENNA BAGCAL
Experience Cuba’s incredible diversity
and history through an ongoing
art exhibit at Queens College in Flushing
. “Arte Cubano” is currently on view
at the school’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum
and features 43 works by 25 artists.
Viewers can experience the island’s
rich heritage reflected in African,
European, Latin and Caribbean influences,
combined with the effects of life
following the Cuban Revolution.
Displayed on the gallery’s wall is
a popular Cuban folk saying, “Every
Cuban is a mechanic, which evokes
Cuban ingenuity and their affinity for
fixing and creating. But it also reflects
the elements in the artists’ works from
the use of found objects to cast bronze.
Cuba’s socialist revolution isolated
it from other countries like the United
States. The 25 artist grew up during
the socialist period in Cuba and their
works reflect the changing relationships
between the Cuban and American
governments. Through their art,
viewers see ruminations on the daily
social and political realities of the island
and the contemporary world.
Exhibition artists include Lidzie
Alvisa, José Bedia, Los Carpinteros,
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Yoan Capote, Enrique Celaya, Roberto
Fabelo, Diana Fonseca, Pedro Pablo
Oliva, Kcho, Sandra Ramos and Esterio
Segura, among others.
Many of the “Arte Cubano” exhibitors
graduated from the prestigious Instituto
Superior de Arte, Havana’s San
Alejandro Art Academy or the Escuela
Nacional de Arte, while others graduated
from local art schools.
Despite their varying backgrounds,
styles, mediums and topics, the artists
have created works that are uniquely Cuban.
Many of their creations display coded
and sometimes subversive ideas while
celebrating Cuba’s cultural identity.
Mid-America Arts Alliance and the
Center for Cuban Studies (NYC) are
co-organizers of the “Arte Cubano”
exhibit, which premiered in October
and is on view from now until Feb. 20,
2020.Admission is free to students and
the public. Gallery hours are from
Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to
For more information, visit
gtmuseum.org or call 718-997-4747.
Reach reporter Jenna Bagcal by email
at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at
“Ser cultos para ser libres,” by Sandra Ramos Courtesy of Queens College
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