Inclusive and White: State Cultural Policy in Cuba, 1940-1958


Friday, February 9, 2018, 12:00pm


CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

cary_garcia2Speaker: Cary Aileen García Yero, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University

Between 1940 and 1958, the Cuban state worked to support and develop Cuba’s artistic culture. This presentation explores how cultural administrators actively participated in discourses that defined what was valued as “culture” and what constituted Cuban “art”. It analyses the racialized ideas that underpinned state cultural policy and the effects these had on Cuban black artists and on perceptions of black heritage within Cuban culture.

Cary Aileen García Yero is a PhD Candidate in the History Department at Harvard University. She studies the ways in which meanings of Cubanidad were negotiated and contested through artistic practices during 1938 - 1963 in Cuba. She is the Cuba Studies Program Fellow at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Managing Editor of the Cuban Studies Journal, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.


Vida Interior, Teodoro Ramos Blanco, 1934. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba.

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