Cuban Artists' Books

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 1:00–4:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and in conjunction with Cuban Artists' Books and Prints, an exhibition at the Grolier Club (May 20–August 1, 2009), experts discuss the imaginative resourcefulness of Cuban cultural survival. Holly Block, Executive Director, the Bronx Museum; Elvis Fuentes, Associate Curator, El Museo del Barrio; Pablo Helguera, Director, Adult and Academic Programs, The Museum of Modern Art; Tonel (Antonio Eligio Fernández), Cuban artist and leading art critic; Carlos Estévez, Cuban artist; Cristina García, author of Dreaming in Cuban (Knopf) and Falling Sky (Vigía Press); and Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, Program Director, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (NYC) and president and founder of the Cuban Artists Fund, discuss art bookmaking and community projects in Cuba, Cuban art in the context of Caribbean and Latin American art, and the struggles and strategies of working artists in Cuba. Wake Forest University Professor Linda Howe, who, with her students, organized the exhibition, describes her experience working with the bookmaking collective Vigía Press (Matanzas, Cuba) and well-known Cuban artists represented in the United States and around the world.


1:00–1:15: Milan Hughston, Welcome and Introduction

1:15–1:25: Screening of the short film Cuban Art: Archipelago of Dreams (2009)

1:25–1:40: Elvis Fuentes, "Passports, Books, and Other Pathways"

1:40–1:55: Holly Block, "90s Generation: Contemporary Art from Cuba"

1:55–2:10: Tonel, "I Spent Almost the Entire Winter in Rheinlandia"

2:10–2:40: Discussion moderated by Pablo Helguera

2:40–2:55: BREAK

2:55–3:00: Milan Hughston, Introduction to second panel

3:00–3:15: Cristina García, "Exile and the Artistic Imagination"

3:15–3:30: Carlos Estévez, “Desnudar el alma (Stripping Bare the Soul) (2008–09)"

3:30–3:45: Linda Howe, "Cuban Artists, Vigía Press, and Wake Forest University’s Cuba Project"

3:45–4:15: Discussion moderated by Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas

4:15–4:30: Q&A

Tickets ($10; members $8; students, seniors, and staff of other museums $5) can be purchased online, or at the lobby information desk and the Film desk.