Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

¡Sí Cuba! Events: "Polaridad Complementaria" Opening - Saturday January 16th

January 16th, 2010

See ¡Sí Cuba! Online for full information and schedules of events.

“Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba”
Opening: January 16, 2010
See below for schedule of special events organized in conjunction with the exhibition.

Organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University and the New Orleans Museum of Art, ¡Sí Cuba! is a major presentation of Cuban art, music, and culture that will take place in New Orleans from January through April 2010. ¡Sí Cuba! is a collaborative venture between museums, universities, galleries, and other arts organizations across the city.


René Peña, b. 1975
Untitled, from the series Untitled Album/Sin titulo, de la serie de Untitled Album, 2007
Digital print/Impresión digital
Courtesy of the Havana Gallery and the artist
Cortesía de la Galería de La Habana y el artista

The project is anchored by “Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works From Cuba,” a joint exhibition presented by the Newcomb Art Gallery and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Opening at both venues on January 16, the show features more than 50 works by 27 Cuban artists working in various media that
highlight the latest trends in contemporary Cuban art.

The show is curated by Jorge Fernandez Torres, vice-director of the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam and curator of the Havana Biennial and Margarita Sánchez Prieto, curator, researcher and art critic at Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wifredo Lam.

The show was developed by the National Council of Fine Arts and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. For more information, please visit the ¡Sí Cuba! website.

Title photo courtesy of the artist and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam (cortesía del artista y el Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam).
Lidzie Alvisa, b. 1969
Eyes That Do Not Wish to See and Ears That Wish Not to Hear/Ojos que no quieren ver y oídos que no quieren oír, 2003
Black box photograph, pins, acrylic/Fotografía cuadro Negro, alfileres, acrílico

In conjunction with the exhibition there will several special events:

January 16
Opening and copa de champaña, 5 – 6 pm, The Latin American Library, Tulane University
Polaridad Complementaria opening reception, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, New Orleans Museum of Art and 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Newcomb Art Gallery

January 28 – 29
“Collecting Cuban Art,” a symposium hosted by the Newcomb Art Gallery, New Orleans Museum of Art, Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, and Tulane Center for Scholars

January 28
Keynote address by Cuban-born author, artist, curator, and president of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, Adolfo V. Nodal followed by a walk-through of the galleries, 6 pm, Stern Auditorium, New Orleans Museum of Art

January 29
Lecture by contemporary Cuban artist Tonel (Antonio Eligio Fernández Rodríguez) on recent Cuban art, 2 pm, Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University

Panel with speakers Adolfo V. Nodal, Ricardo Viera, Holly Block, Sandy Levinson, Dan Cameron, and artist Tonel, 3 – 5 pm, Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University

February 3
“Cuba – Still an Island?” a lecture on Cuban art and globalization by Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, 6 – 8 pm, Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University

February 24
Lecture on Luiz Cruz Azaceta by Alejandro Anreus, Professor of Art History, William Patterson University, New Jersey, 6 – 8 pm, Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University

Funding for ¡Sí Cuba! and “Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works From Cuba” comes from the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, Robert C. Cudd III and Carol Downes Cudd, the Newcomb Institute, Julie McCollam, and Dorian Bennett. Additional support comes from CubaNOLA Arts Collective and Tulane University’s Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute.