Curated by Adolfo V. Nodal
The Bronx River Art Center
- February 19 2005
Opening Reception: Friday January 14. 6 - 8pm
The Bronx River
Art Center (BRAC) is pleased to present "Havana Sci-Fi",
curated by Adolfo V. Nodal, a survey of eight young artists pursuing
professional careers in Havana, Cuba today. This exhibition presents
painting, sculpture and installation pieces representing the current
vanguard of thought and preoccupations that are strongly reflected
in their frank and unvarnished artistic output.
These artists, who represent
a variety of points of view and backgrounds, are the new breed cutting
their teeth in the international milieu and bohemian cultural atmosphere
that is found in the City of Havana today. Hailed from various parts
of Cuba and as well as from other countries. They are a mirror of
the so called "Generation 2000" of emerging artists that
are part of Havana's exciting art scene. The group of young artists
in this show are the new cutting-edge of Cuban Art, still largely
under the radar in Cuba and almost unknown in the USA.
Through these eight artists,
we can see a panorama of artistic tendencies that are closely connected
with the place that is Cuba-specifically Havana-and in strong relationship
with intellectual life throughout the world. Although Cuba is embargoed
by the US, these artists are remarkably worldly and part of the
trends and ideas that are global and of our times.
This exhibition of individual
art works, which also functions as a total installation, offers
a gritty vision of art that is preoccupied with scientific process,
ancient ritual, cycles, endless repetition, constant change and
existential cause and effect relationships. This is raw work that
is screened through an esthetic-scientific eye and biological, religious,
and ecological concerns. They also offer a preoccupation with human
representation, sexuality and censure. Havana Sci-Fi reveals a surreal
perception that filters the viewpoint of these young artists and
belies the effects of rapid social evolution and changing values
in Cuba at the dawn of the 21st Century.
Currently the Havana Art Scene,
fueled by four decades of enduring cultural development strategies
by the Castro Government, has witnessed a solid ten years of international
promotion due to increased tourism. Although relations between the
US and Cuba remain severely strained, which has hurt cultural development
on the Island, Havana is, culturally as vital as ever, with many
active cultural venues and a full schedule of activities, events
and critical discourse. Havana is one of the most thriving bohemian
cultural centers in the Americas. This selection of Cuban visual
artists, like Cuban music, continues to re-generate itself with
new emerging talent, mixed with artists and ideas from the outside
world. Those that would think Cuba is isolated intellectually are
mistaken. Cuba is a place that generates new culture and fresh ideas
just as regularly as the warm tropical waves lap against Havana's
humongous seawall-- the "Malecon". There are eight of
those warm waves of talent.
Los Animistas is a collaborative
team consisting of a visual artist working with a media producer,
a biologist, and a taxidermist that creates studies, installations,
photography and other presentations that reflect existential, ethical
and ecological issues while using native Cuban wild life (like vultures,
bats, scorpions and crocodiles) as the work's primary metaphor.
The work is a stark jolt to our conscience regarding the natural
cycles of life, our ethics in society and our relationship to animals
and natural processes presented through a scientific, bio-esthetic
point of view.
The Bronx River Art
1087 East Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10460
Cubano en California:
Photography of the Revolution
us for the opening reception:
5th from 7-10PM.
Cuban Photography of the Revolution
Curated by Darrel Couturier and Adolfo V Nodal
This is a show
of over 50 photographs that made the Cuban Revolution appealing
to intellectuals and artists internationally. It can be argued that
without its photographers, the Cuban Revolution would not have attained
its visual allure and heroic image. The many artists in this exhibition
span the first and second generations of Revolutionary photography.
The work includes images from the heady beginning of Castro's triumphant
rise to power to images that reveal the stark reality of life in
Cuba now 45 years later.
NIX NIHIL Wall to Wall
Is a show of miniature collage paintings by LA artist, Nix Nihil.
These abstract works provide a sense of preciousness and uniqueness
that can only be described as abstract jewelry for your wall. Nix
Nihil is a very promising young artist and this is her first one
The "New Exodus Gallery" is a new gallery program that
provides exhibitions on an itinerant and intermittent basis using
various inside and exterior spaces in Old Town San Pedro. Named
the in honor of previous landmark cultural programs, the Gallery
honors the important contributions to San Pedro culture undertaken
in the 1950's by San Pedro resident Connor Everts's Exodus Gallery.
Adolfo V. Nodal,
San Pedro resident and art promoter is the director of this gallery
effort. Mr. Nodal stated "Throughout history all great port
Cities have been blessed with both Commerce and Culture. As Los
Angeles' gateway to the world, Sam Pedro has always been a major
part of the culture of our city. Recently the arts have flourished
in our town and many artists' studios and galleries continue to
open and thrive. We hope that The New Exodus Gallery will do its
bit to continue this tradition"
are Thursdays-Saturdays Noon-6 PM, and/or by appointment.
CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS Bobi Cespedes:
featuring celebrated musicians from
around the world
Thursdays, July 17-August 28, 7:30
FREE! No Reservations Necessary
Los Angeles-As part of its ongoing
ambition to explore world arts and culture in the context of Jewish
heritage, immigration, and the American experience, the Skirball
is pleased to present its seventh season of free Sunset Concerts.
The 2003 Sunset Concert series features music ranging from bossa
nova to Gypsy-klezmer and kicks off with Afro-Cuban singer Bobi
Céspedes on July 17. The series takes place at the Skirball
every Thursday evening from July 17 through August 28 at 7:30 p.m.,
with no reservations required.
Critically acclaimed and free to
the public, the Sunset Concert series has established its niche
in Los Angeles as a uniquely eclectic and spirited celebration of
the best in musical traditions from around the globe, performed
outdoors in the Skirball’s beautiful Taper Courtyard, nestled
against the Santa Monica Mountains. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Parking
is $5 and carpooling is encouraged. The Skirball’s Zeidler’s
Café offers a buffet dinner; for reservations call (310)
440-4515. General information: (310) 440-4500.
Thursday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.
Cuban-born singer, percussionist, and Yoruba-Lucumi priestess Bobi
Céspedes carries on a centuries-old tradition of Afro-Cuban
singing and drumming. Celebrated for her rich, deep voice-one of
the most distinctive on the international stage-Céspedes
combines ancient, elemental sounds inflected with contemporary dance
grooves. She is the founder of Conjunto Céspedes and has
toured with Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum and Bembé Orisha.
“Bobi’s voice is an
instrument equally capable of summoning orishas and filling dance
floors.”-Folk Roots Magazine (U.K.)