Santiago de Cuba Gets Ready to Host Caribbean Festival/Fiesta del Fuego

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Santiago de Cuba gets ready to become, for a week, one of the most cosmopolitan cities during the 32nd International Caribbean Festival, to be held from July 3rd through the 9th.

Preparations include the fitting-out of the main 29 areas where artistic activities will take place –from the central stage at Cespedes Park, in the heart of the city, to the Monument to the Runaway Slave in the town of El Cobre and the Morro Castle, a World Heritage Site.
Enramadas Street, venue of the emblematic Conga de Los Hoyos; the Juan Gonzalez beach; the Heredia Theater; the Caribbean Center and the Center of Traditions in the neighborhood of El Tivoli; and the populous Ferreiro Square, also get ready to welcome over 1,000 artists, intellectuals and tourists from dozens of Latin American and Caribbean nations.
The Festival’s general program is already circulating, with details on the inaugurations of the Martinique…

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Antonio Martorell Completes Sculpture of Ramón Emeterio Betances for the Puerto Rican Athenaeum

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President of the Puerto Rican Athenaeum Dr. José Milton Soltero Ramírez and artist Antonio Martorell will hold a press conference this coming Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 11:00am in the Central Chamber of the Puerto Rican Athenaeum to present the completed statue of Father of the Nation Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances. As Soltero explains, “the statue of the patriot—which represents the struggle of the Puerto Rican people by reaffirming the spirit of nation, homeland, and identity—was created by Dominican sculptor José Cadaveda, and its base—on which one will read [Betances’] Ten Commandments of Free Men—was designed by the artist Antonio Martorell.”

On that date, Martorell will discuss the statue’s design, the text inscribed on the sculpture, and the design of the Ramón Emeterio Betances Medal that the Puerto Rican Athenaeum Betances has coined, among other projects.

The first recipients of the Ramón Emeterio Betances Medal will be the group Calle…

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Art Exhibition: Charles Juhasz Alvarado at the Cherry Blossom Festival

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As one of the five artists invited to participate in the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado has contributed a large-scale temporary public sound sculpture called The Cherry Blossom Cloud. It is fashioned from cherry wood in the shape of a xylophone and it is situated outside the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Drumsticks are available for passers-by to activate the work by playing a melody or creating their own musical work.

Description: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) have partnered with the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Centennial Celebration from March 20 – April 27, 2012, to increase the visibility of Washington, DC’s art landscape as a world-class cultural destination. The project, entitled 5×5, will exhibit 25 ground-breaking public art installations commissioned by artists from around the world. 5×5 is to be installed concurrently…

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Video of the Week: After Hot-En-Tot: Two conversations with Artist Renée Cox

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Following on from the popularity of an earlier post – If you don’t ask, you don’t get, and then you get kicked to the curb – focusing on the work of Renée Cox this week’s video feature includes two clips, each containing an interview with artist Renée Cox recorded at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art on 22 October 2009. The first is a conversation with an audience led by former Spelman Cosby chair Lisa E. Farrington, Ph.D., John Jay College, CUNY. The second is a one-on-one conversation that appears to have been filmed on the same day inside the Museum’s gallery space.

Each clip presents Cox ruminating on themes and driving forces behind her work including Race, Gender, Womanhood, Representation and Femininity. There are some overlaps in the conversation of each clip but also some interesting divergences.

The first conversation is pinned around specific works of Cox’s…

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CFP: Edge Zones Art Projects

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Edge Zones Art Projects is now accepting papers on Caribbean Performance for the first annual Miami Performance International Festival 2012. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2012 (EST). Selected artists will be notified on May 1, 2012.

Opening July 26 and closing July 29, 2012, Miami Performance, which is part of Edge Zones’ 5th Edition of “Art of Uncertainty” series, seeks to highlight a large range of artistic practices and styles through works produced for the program as well as talks, lectures, workshops and screenings and draws upon the rich local and international cultural landscape to present leading contemporary performance and installation artists.

This year’s Festival, Miami Performance 12 (MP12) will partner with Miami’s innovative arts and cultural organizations to produce a lively dialogue through different disciplines working and thinking together. Bringing together artists from around the Caribbean and from around the world, will create a an exciting cultural…

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LEC: Vinegar Hill Monument Proposals Unveiled @ Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

On Friday, April 20th, the nationally renowned sculptors, Melvin Edwards, Preston Jackson, Lorenzo Pace and Rodney Leon will present their past works to the Charlottesville community as part of the jury process to create a monument about Vinegar Hill, the African American neighborhood destroyed by urban renewal in the early 60′s.  This is the first sculpture commissioned by the community since 1926.  It will be sited on the historic Jefferson School, originally founded in 1865 and currently being renovated as a City Center whose heart is the African American Heritage Center.  The event will take place from 5-6:30 at Burley Middle School on Rose Hill Drive.

Melvin Edwards is one of America’s foremost sculptors whose work can be found in the collections of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York the Modern Museum of Art, New York and the L.A. County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. Preston Jackson, a professor of sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago is best known for his figurative work, which can be found in the collections of Perdue University, Lakeview Museum, Peoria and the Waterloo Museum of Art, Waterloo. The design team of Lorenzo Pace and Rodney Leon is recognized for their lower Manhattan visitors’ center and slavery monument that marks the 18th century African burial ground.

Jurors for the competition are Carmenita Higginbotham, assistant professor of American art history specializing in depictions of race in American visual productions of the 1920s and 1930s; Sarah Tanguy curator ART in Embassies, US Department of State, as well as an independent curator and critic based in Washington, DC.; and Franklyn Walker, a local artist whose work describes the African American experience and who grew up in Vinegar Hill.

According to Jefferson School Foundation Chair Martin Burks, “the competition is yet another example of the way in which the Jefferson School Foundation and the African American Heritage Center look for meaningful partnerships that significantly impact the City’s cultural landscape.” He continues, “Partnering with the City’s Dialogue on Race allows us to leverage resources to produce a work that is historically significant, locally and nationally, and further establishes Charlottesville as a location where contemporary artistic production is celebrated.”

For additional information contact Elizabeth Breeden, or 434-977-5411

Watts Towers Q&A with Artist Dominique Moody

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Last year, LACMA began a partnership with the City of Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs to work toward the long-term preservation of Watts Towers. Lucas Casso, an intern with LACMA’s Department of Curatorial Planning has been conducting interviews with artists and others who have been involved in or influenced by the Towers.

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I traveled to Watts to interview assemblage artist Dominique Moody. Dominique is currently the R Cloud Artist in Residence and works on East 107th Street, only a stone’s throw from the Watts Towers. Moody’s work was recently featured in a yearlong solo exhibition at the Watts Towers Art Center and can be seen on her website.

Moody and I first walked around the property on which she lives and works, including the installation version of her NOMAD project, the final product of which will give her a traveling studio and living…

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Barrington Watson: A life in paint

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As its contribution to the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts’ inaugural Rex Nettleford Arts Conference — ‘The Arts: Catalyst for Caribbean Development’ — the National Gallery of Jamaica hosted, on Thursday, a public lecture by Jamaican Master Painter Professor the Hon Barrington Watson, CD, OJ. Tamara Scott-Williams, writing for Jamaica’s Observer.

In a nutshell, Barrington’s bio is this*: he was born in Lucea, Hanover in 1931. He was educated at the Royal College of Art, London (1958-1960) and continued his study of the works of European masters at the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Academia de las Bellas Artes in Madrid and other major European art schools. He returned to Jamaica in 1962 to become the first director of studies at the Jamaica School of Arts and Crafts (now part of the Edna Manley College) and spearheaded a new curriculum which allowed graduating artists to filter into…

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