Wallach Art Gallery -Sin Autorizacion: Contemporary Cuban Art
Over the last few decades, the contemporary art world in Cuba has undergone various changes including increases in the political and cultural agency of the artist, the emergence of new unofficial “underground” exhibition spaces and practices, and surges of tourism and foreign interest in Cuban art. This exhibition traces the impact Obama’s second term had on contemporary art production on the island and its aftermath during the Trump years. The constellation of works gathered in the exhibition reflect the rich potential of the network of personal ties and connections that fuels the Cuban art community. Together they relay how a young generation of Cuban artists experiments with culture and creates work that engages not only their current experience, but that of previous generations and the many theoretical discourses from the US, Europe and other parts of Latin America that reach Cuba unofficially.
Exhibition artists include: Lester Álvarez Meno, Hector Antón, Kevin Ávila, Tania Bruguera, Celia-Yunior, Marco Castillo, Santiago Díaz M., Kiko Faxas, Leandro Feal, Celia González, Román Gutiérrez Aragoneses, Hamlet Lavastida, Reynier Leyva Novo, Julio Llópiz-Casal, Camila Lobón, Yanelys Nuñez Leyva, and Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara.
Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, October 20th, from 6–8 pm. Pre-registration is requested. Please note: all guests entering the building must be prepared to show proof of vaccination. Visitors 18 and older are also required to show an accompanying ID. Green passes and CUIDs are accepted if you are a Columbia University affiliate. Masks are strongly recommended.
The exhibition is curated by Gwen A. Unger and Abel González Fernández. It is accompanied by a bilingual publication, available at the Wallach Art Gallery throughout the run of the exhibition.