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Art and the Cuban Revolution: A Critical Dialogue symposium

March 03–05, 2017
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

A series of artist‐centered dialogues organized by the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in conjunction with the exhibition Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950. Spread over three theme‐based conversations and a by‐invitation only student workshop, the dialogues will provide spaces for reflecting on how the contemporary artists whose work is featured in Adiós Utopia confronted the Cuban Revolution’s social utopia as well as its contradictions and deceptions. The conversations will also allow participants the opportunity to interact with and engage many of the most relevant artists to have emerged from Cuba since the early days of the Revolution. Please see more details below:

Conversation I: The Rise of Cuban Concrete Art
Friday, March 03, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Bucher Art Space
Participants: Elsa Vega, Adiós Utopia curator, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; Pedro de Oraá, artist, Cuba; Ella Fontanals‐Cisneros, collector, Havana and Miami
Moderator: Abigail McEwen, University of Maryland, College Park

Conversation II: The Rebels: Cuban art since Volumen Uno
Saturday, March 04, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Sicardi Gallery, Houston
Participants: René Francisco, artist, Havana; Flavio Garciandía, artist, Mexico City; Gerardo Mosquera, Volumen Uno curator, Havana and Madrid
Moderator: Rachel Weiss, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Conversation III: The Contemporaries
Sunday, March 05, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Caroline Wiess Law Building, Brown Auditorium, MFAH
Participants: Dagoberto Rodríguez, member of Los Carpinteros, Madrid; Carlos Garaicoa, artist, Madrid; Glenda León, artist, Madrid
Moderator: Eugenio Valdés, Director and Chief Curator, CIFO, Havana and Miami

Between the Contemporary and the Archive: New Challenges and Perspectives in Cuban Art History
Monday, March 06, 9:30 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
Moody Center, Rice University
Participants: Graduate students from Rice University and University of Texas
Facilitators: Luis Duno Gottberg, Rice University; George Flaherty, University of Texas; María C. Gaztambide, ICAA/MFAH; Fabiola López‐Durán, Rice University; Abigail McEwen, University of Maryland; Gerardo Mosquera, Independent Scholar; Mari Carmen Ramírez, ICAA/MFAH

Art and the Cuban Revolution: A Critical Dialogue and the related graduate student workshop Between the Contemporary and the Archive: New Challenges and Perspectives in Cuban Art History are generously underwritten by the Mellon Foundation, Judy and Charles Tate, and Rice University.


The Contingencies of Beauty: Artists in Dialogue symposium

November 20–22, 2015
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) is proud to host the The Contingencies of Beauty: Artists in Dialogue symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Contingencies of Beauty is a series of artist-centered dialogues organized by the ICAA in conjunction with the exhibition Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America. Spread over three installments (a conversation, a round table discussion, and a more formal two-session symposium), the dialogues will provide spaces for reflecting on how many of the most relevant mid-career artists from Latin America whose work is featured in Contingent Beauty merge aesthetic concerns with issues grounded in the region's complicated social and political realities. Please see more details below:

Artists in Dialogue I: A Conversation
Friday, November 20, 3-4:30 p.m.
Caroline Wiess Law Building, Brown Auditorium, MFAH
Artists: Los Carpinteros (Cuba): Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez; Grupo Mondongo (Argentina): Juliana Laffitte and Manuel Mendanha
Moderators: Fabiola López-Durán, Rice University, and María C. Gaztambide, ICAA/MFAH

Artists in Dialogue I.5: Focus on the Moving Image
Friday, November 20, 6-6:30 p.m.
Caroline Wiess Law Building, Contingent Beauty Galleries, MFAH
Artists: Javier Téllez and Miguel Ángel Ríos
Location: Contingent Beauty Galleries

Artists in Dialogue III: A Roundtable
Saturday, November 21, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Caroline Wiess Law Building, Brown Auditorium, MFAH
Artists: Johanna Calle (Colombia), María Fernanda Cardoso (Colombia), Regina Silveira (Brazil), Carmela Gross (Brazil)
Moderator: Tahía Rivero Ponte, Colección Mercantil, Caracas

Artists in Dialogue IV: Symposium: The State of the Moving Image in Latin America
Sunday, November 22
Audrey Jones Beck Building, American General Conference Room, MFAH
1:30-5 p.m. | Two Sessions
Artists: Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Magdalena Fernández (Venezuela), José Alejandro Restrepo (Colombia), Miguel Ángel Rojas (Colombia), and Teresa Serrano (Mexico)
Session moderators: Gabriela Rangel, Americas Society, New York, and George Flaherty, University of Texas, Austin.

These events are free but seating availability is limited. Please RSVP to Beatriz Olivetti at bolivetti@mfah.org by Monday, November 2, 2015.


Website Launch, Book Series Preview and International Symposium

January 19–20, 2012
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Join us for the launch of this remarkable website, a preview of the book series, and the symposium Mining the Archive: New Paths for Latin American/ Latino Art Research featuring an international roster of scholars, art historians, and curators from Latin America and the United States.

The MFAH, and its research institute, the ICAA, have devoted 10 years to creating a digital archive of 20th-century Latin American and Latino art. This January 2012 marks a milestone with the launch of the first phase in this digital archive of some 10,000 primary source and critical materials (corresponding to Argentina, Mexico and the Midwestern United States). Culled by more than 100 researchers based in 16 cities in the United States and throughout Latin America, the online digital archive will be available worldwide, free of charge, and is intended as a catalyst for the future of a field that has been notoriously lacking in accessible resources.

Resisting Categories: Latin American and/or Latino? is the first of 13 volumes in Critical Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art, the digital archive’s companion book series. Organized by Héctor Olea, Mari Carmen Ramírez, and Tomás Ybarra- Frausto, with document introductions by María C. Gaztambide, the first volume gathers 168 documents that trace the development of the constructs of “Latin American” and “Latino” art from the late 19th century to today. The series is published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

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