Friday, March 11, 2011

Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora

The 4 exhibits at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center -- titled Cuba and Beyond -- feature some of the most prominent living Cuban artists, as well as the work of a number of the Cuban avant-garde (map).

CAFÉ XII: The Journeys of Writers and Artists of the Cuban Diaspora, 28 May-10 September 2011, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center: White Gallery

**For a full-length discussion of CAFÉ, see Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora; Setting the Tent Against the House.
or see

woman.embodied, 7 May-15 October 2011, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center: King Gallery

Cuba in the Southwest: The Art of Leandro Soto, 14 May-8 October 2011, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center: Hoag Gallery

FACES: 100 Cuban Artists, 14 May-22 October 2011, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center: Regional Gallery, 2nd Foyer, 3rd Foyer



        **The Business of Art Center (BAC) in Manitou Springs, CO will be also be hosting a showing of Cuban art titled Un cafecito--a more intimate version of CAFE that features work by many of the participating artists in CAFE and woman.embodied.

****Un cafecito officially opens on Thursday 22 September at the BAC and runs through the 16 October, 2011. 

****The opening celebration will be held at the BAC on Saturday 1 October from 5:00-8:00.

        **A sampling of the FACES photographs will be displayed at the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs) from May-September 2011; these same photographs will then be on display at the Pikes Peak Library East during the month of October.

        **An Afternoon of Cuban Art and Music--a symposium marking the closing of CAFÉ XII --will take place at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in the Jackson Conference Center on 10 September 2011, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. It will  feature a roundtable discussion that will include all of the curators and art historian Gail Gelburd; a panel discussion with participating artists Yovani Bauta, Esteban Blanco, Carlos Cardenes, Chary Castro-Marin, Dora Hernandez, Victor Caldee, Alexis Guin, Toa Castellanos, and Patricia Figeroa Sowers; and a reception featuring the music of Cafetero Victor Caldee and his ensemble Cuban Connection.

       **A reception for the artists, curators and scholars participating in the symposium will be hosted by the Fine Arts Center Friday 9 September from 5:00-6:30 in the glass corridors.  This event has been generously sponsored by the Pikes Peak Art Council, the office of Chancellor Pam Shockley and the office of Auxiliary Services at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and the Hispanic Leadership Council—moving toward a resolution of community issues through an appreciation of art and culture.

        **The closing of woman.embodied will be marked by a reading by participating poets Lourdes Gil and Iraida Iturralde at 7:00 p.m. at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in the King Gallery on Friday 30 September, and a discussion with participating artists Ana Flores, Gladys Triana, Angela Valella and Anita Guerra. Click the play button below to hear the reading.

Reading by poets Lourdes Gil and Iraida Iturralde.

  • A round table discussion and poetry reading featuring poets Lourdes Gil and Iraida Iturralde, as well as artists Anita Guerra, Gladys Triana, Ana Flores and Angela Valella (whose work appears in woman.embodied), will be held at the Pikes Peak Library East on Sunday 2 October at 1:30 p.m.  The reading will also include local poets Janice Gould, Rebecca Laroche, and Stephany Rose Spaulding. 
        ** A solo theatrical performance Rum and Coke, by Cuban American author and actor Carmen Peláez, will be presented at UCCS on Monday 3 October at 4:30 p.m. in Dwire Hall 121. The performance will be followed by a discussion led by Cuban authors Lourdes Gil, Iraida Iturralde, and literary/film critic Raul Rubio.  For more information, see:

        **Acclaimed poet and art critic Ricardo Pau-Llosa will be giving a reading from his most recent collection of poetry Parable Hunter at UCCS on Monday, 17 October at 4:30 p.m. in Dwire Hall 121.

        **A corresponding course titled The Cuban Diasporic Experience will be offered at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs during the fall 2011 semester on Monday afternoons from 4:30 to 7:05 p.m. in Dwire Hall 121.

The course is designed as an open learning community and will be open to the public. For more information, see the course syllabus (below), or search under the University of Colorado fall course offerings listed under College of Arts and Sciences/Women's and Ethnic Studies (WEST) 3340-001; or the Women's and Ethnic Studies web page

Course Description:    The Cuban Diasporic Experience is designed to give students the opportunity to read and compare/contrast a wide range of cultural works by diasporic Cubans and their offspring both in the United States and across the globe.  In addition to considering the artists’ and authors’ use of form and concept, we will consider the manner in which identity is conceptualized or constructed in terms of the interconnected or cross-cutting categories such as race, class, gender, generation, geographical location and sexual/religious orientation.  We will also discuss the ways in which these authors and artists position and identify themselves in terms of Cuban culture, and in respect to that which represents counter-culture or ‘other’.  Finally, we will compare the Cuban diaspora to other diasporic experiences.

**For other related events and courses see the Intersections Film Festival at, and Cuban Cinema, listed under the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Department of Languages and Cultures, SPAN 3690-001.
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