At MFAH: Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950

Cuba is a hot topic in this country now that travel rules have relaxed. This includes Cuban art.

It may be difficult to arrange showings of Cuban art, but Houstonians have the chance to view some top Cuban artists at the MFAH.

Our Museum of Fine Arts in Houston has opened a Cuban art exhibit:  Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950. It features about a 100 works of art: photography, painting, video, installations, more. A broad range of top artists.

It is on-going through May 21st and will move next to the partnering  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

I visited Houston Museum of Fine Arts yesterday and took a few photos of some of the art. Revolution, hope, repression, escape, vitality are all represented here.

Cuban art at the MFAH
Cuban art at the Houston MFA
Cuba art at the MFAH
Cuban art at the MFAH
Cuba art at the Houston MFA
Cuba art Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Cuban art at the MFAH
Cuban art at the MFAH
Cuban art at Houston MFA
Cuban art at Houston MFA

More Details on Cuban Art Show in Houston

Cuban art is enjoying new popularity in the US with improved ties with the country. The people of both countries are friendly to each other and want closer ties; the politicians, not so much.

The theme of the MFAH exhibit is focused on Cuba's utopian aspirations and failures.

It focuses on the experiences of Cuban artists who lived and trained on the island, examining how they commented on and confronted the social and political programs set in motion by the Cuban Revolution through pivotal artistic movements from the 1960s to the 1990s. The narrative also provides access, in some cases for the first time, to the work of avant-garde pioneers of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s that continues to influence Cuban artists.

More details from the MFAH

Also the Houston Chronicle writes: For an island that doesn't stretch as far as Texas and has been politically and economically isolated from the U.S. for nearly 60 years, Cuba has played an out-sized role as a nation of artists. The country has an astoundingly rich tradition across the visual and performing arts, as well as cinema. It boasted the first art academy in the Western hemisphere, and since the modern art era, it has had a distinctive visual art scene, on a par with those of Mexico and Brazil.

The revolution placed the small Caribbean country at the vanguard of an experiment in social justice, education, health and the arts that didn't end well, especially after the Soviet Union pulled out in the 1990's.

"Like the Russian and Mexican revolutions, it was full of hope … but also was fraught with contradictions, paradoxes and, ultimately, failures," MFAH curator Mari Carmen Ramírez said. "From the beginning, artists participated in the revolutionary process. In the 1960's and 1970's, there was euphoria: They documented leaders and heroes … and constructed iconic images we all know today. But artists were also among the first to speak truth to power and expose the contradictions of the government and the revolutionary struggle."

If interested in travel to Cuba, check out some Cuba Destinations and Travel Rules for Americans.

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