Cleveland Institute of Art bridges Cuban Art & Culture
Jan. 27, 2012: Cleveland audiences will be exposed to the art and ideas of Cuban artists once again as the College welcomes three Cuban artists-in-residence to Cleveland this month. On Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m., the community is invited to share this experience during the Cuba Project Symposium held at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
The Symposium will feature husband-and-wife team José Toirac, and Meira Marrero who collaborate on paintings and installations, and painter and video artist Alex Hernández Dueñas. The keynote speaker for the event is Rachel Weiss, author of “To and From Utopia in the New Cuban Art.”
“The fall Cuban artists-in-residence seamlessly integrated with the community. They widened our students' perspectives on creating socially engaging work and how to present that work to an audience,” said David Hart, CIA’s associate professor of Art History and co-director of the Cuba Project. Tentatively scheduled for late spring is an exhibition of the artists’ work that was created during their time at CIA.
The project is funded by the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion initiative, which also supported the College’s exploratory trip to Cuba in the fall of 2010. During this trip three CIA professors interviewed 44 Cuban artists to identify mid-career and emerging artists. In the fall artists Osmeivy Ortega and Alejandro Aguilera became the project’s first artists-in-residence.
The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cia.edu/cubaproject.
The Cleveland Institute of Art is a premier college of art and design. For more than 125 years the College has been a national leader in arts education. It currently offers 19 majors in studio arts and design along with a highly acclaimed continuing education program, and an annual series of public programming. For more information visit www.cia.edu.
CIA receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich our region’s artistic and cultural heritage.