Screening of Havana Postmodern: The New Cuban Art & Unfinished Spaces
Havana Postmodern: The New Cuban Art
(1988, 54 minutes)
Filmmakers Coco Fusco, Robert Knafo and András Mész examine the state of Cuban art and artists during the 1986 Havana Biennial. Interviews with artists (including José Bedia) and students at Cuba’s top art school touch upon art, censorship, scandal, self-expression and making a living as an artist in a socialist society. A closing Q & A with curator/scholar Judith Bettelheim highlights the present state of contemporary art in Cuba.
(2011, 84 minutes)
Following their emotional exile from Cuba in 1965, three architects—Roberto Gottardi, Ricardo Porro and Vittorio Garatti—return forty years later to finish what was considered the world’s most spectacular and futuristic art school, which was left to ruin by the country's Revolution.
In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.
Related Exhibition: Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia
September 18, 2011–January 8, 2012
Large-scale figurative paintings and drawings and an installation by José Bedia come together in this major retrospective that explores the artist’s spiritual genealogy as it relates to his Cuban-based religion and its central African source, as well as his explorations of the beliefs of indigenous American peoples. It is here that this “transcultural pilgrim” has found so much personal material for his spiritual and artistic practices. The exhibition also includes an altar created by Bedia and three alcoves that present selections from his vast collection of indigenous arts—ledger drawings from the Southern Plains, peyote boxes, Yaqui masks, and Central African power figures—that are the wellspring of his creativity.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
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