Reflections on Cuban Visual Arts: Race, Politics, and Institutional Development


Friday, October 19, 2018, 12:00pm

This panel explores how Cuban visual arts constitutes an important platform to understand a wide range of historical and current socio-political issues. The presenters reflect on topics such as the relationship between figurative art, race, and nation, the transcultural dynamics of Cuba’s concrete art, the contributions of monographs to existing historiography, and the role of the Cuban Art Foundation in the development of national arts and society.

“Concrete Cuba”
Abigail McEwen, associate professor of Latin American art history at the University of Maryland, College Park.

"Figurative Art, Cubanidad, and Afro-Cuban Representation, 1940-1958"
Cary Aileen García Yero, PhD student, Harvard University, History Department

“Contra el framing (enmarcado), la monografía: sus aportes a una historiografía transnacional del arte (cubano)”
Christoph Singler, Catedrático de literaturas y artes plásticas de América Latina, Universidad de Borgoña-Franco-Condado, Besançon, Francia

“The Cuban Art Foundation: Its Insertion in the American Cultural Scene Through the Research and Promotion of Cuban Art”
Dolores Rodríguez, Cuban Art Foundation, Board of Directors Member

Moderator: Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics
Professor of African and African American Studies and of History 
Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University