Watching, Rooting, and Supporting this thing called "The New Cuba" (Cuba Specialist | Production | Sensei)

Finally, out of box! 

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(Photo by Matthew Barney)

Big things are happening between the art scenes of Cuba and USA! It’s called “Chelsea visits Havana” presented by Fundacion Amistad. It was organized by Alberto Magnan and Dara Metz (of Magnan Projects). This is the first U.S. based exhibition to travel directly from the United States to Cuba in decades.

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(Photo by Nan Goldin. Nan one month after being battered, 1984)

As part of the 10th Havana Biennial Chelsea visits Havana offers the Cuban art community and general public a window into the current art scene in New York. The exhibition is part of Fundacion Amistad’s cultural diplomacy initiative, Bridges to Culture. The exhibits began late March but it will run through May 17, 2009. A sign of the changing times, Chelsea visits Havana is also the first major group show to be accepted by both countries and approved for exhibition in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Cuba’s renowned national arts museum.

It has been over twenty (20) years that a large-scale show of this kind featuring U.S. artists has been mounted, and fifty (50) years since artworks have been directly shipped from the United States to Cuba. Ten of the exhibiting artists will travel to Havana for the historic event. All of the featured artists are represented by galleries in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea, regarded as one of the international epicenters of contemporary art.

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(Painting by Will Cotton, “Chocolate Bath” 83″ by 83″ oil/linen 2002)

Chelsea visits Havana is an historic opportunity for Fundacion Amistad and its Bridges to Culture initiative which uses the power of art to surmount the cultural, political and social boundaries between the United States and Cuba. This concept even supersedes the U.S. government trade embargo, which classifies Art as a cultural asset explains Luly Duke, President and Founder of Fundacion Amistad.

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(Painting by Delia Brown. “Homework”, 2008)

Participating artists and galleries include:

Marina Abramovic (Sean Kelly),
Alejandro Almanza Pereda (Magnan Projects),
Assume Vivid Astro Focus (John Connelly Presents),
Radcliffe Bailey (Jack Shainman),
Matthew Barney (Barbara Gladstone Gallery),
Matthew Benedict (Alexander and Bonin),
Guy Ben-Ner (Postmasters),
Long-Bin Chen (Frederieke Taylor),
Delia Brown (D’Amelio Terras),
Edward Burtynsky (Charles Cowles Gallery),
Will Cotton (Mary Boone Gallery),
Jules de Balincourt (Zach Feuer),
Christoph Draeger (Freight + Volume),
Walton Ford (Paul Kasmin Gallery),
Nan Goldin (Matthew Marks Gallery),
Dinh Q. Lê (PPOW),
Loretta Lux (Yossi Milo),
Nicky Nodjoumi (Priska C. Juschka Fine Art),
Tony Oursler (Lehmann Maupin Gallery),
Trevor Paglen (Bellwether Gallery),
Jack Pierson (Cheim & Read),
Matthew Ritchie and James Case Leal (Andrea Rosen),
Duke Riley (Magnan Projects),
Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Lehmann Maupin),
Jonathan Schipper (Pierogi 2000),
Andrew Schoultz (Morgan Lehman),
Devorah Sperber (Caren Golden),
Brian Tolle (CRG),
Jade Townsend (Priska C. Juschka Fine Art),
Carlos Vega (Jack Shainman Gallery),
Michael Waugh (Schroeder Romero)
Doug Young (Roebling Hall).

A full-color, dual language catalogue of Chelsea visits Havana will accompany the exhibition and is available for purchase through Fundacion Amistad. Fundacion Amistad is a New York City based 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that has worked to improve mutual respect and understanding between the U.S. and Cuba for over 11 years through their cultural initiative projects and humanitarian aid programs.

The “Chelsea Visits Havana” images are available upon request.

Contact Info:

In New York: Dara Metz. Ph: 212.244.2344 / info@magnanprojects.com
In Havana: Alberto Magnan Ph: 011.535.278.0939
(The images above are not necessarily exact pieces in the show)

For more homework, go to: Fundacion Amistad.

Here’s to fostering cross-cultural ties through visual means…. We hope this can be one of the first communicators between both countries.
J

One Response to “Chelsea Visits Havana”

  1. Al Perez

    J, This is great news. I am a firm beliver that the key to modernizing Cuba is more “people to people” contacts at all levels of society, business, and government. The more we can share the more we will be able to share.

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