The main thrust of this exchange initiative is to provide a discursive and expository platform that facilitates intellectually engaging dialogue between Cuban and Cuban-American artists and other cultural actors, specifically from Miami and Havana, in an effort to expand an understanding of Cuban art beyond geographic demarcations. To that end, this multi-year project is structured as follows:
1) A trip to Havana by the Cuban-American group who will be exposed to a range of cultural actors there that include private studio visits with Cuban artists, curator-led museum tours, meetings with directors from a host of cultural institutions, as well as, alternative spaces. An informal program at the Fundación Ludwig will be followed by a series of talks, panel discussions and artists presentations at a two-day symposium in Casa de las Américas, May – June, 2015.
2) In April 2016, a similar program will take place in Miami with the group of artists and curators living in Cuba. They will visit artists studios, museums and cultural venues, collectors and a range of other cultural actors in the city. The program will culminate in a two-day symposium at PAMM (Pérez Art Museum Miami). Additional partners for the Miami portion of the program include the departments of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Miami Observatory at the University of Miami, as well as, Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute.
3) A third component includes an exhibition project co-curated by Elizabeth Cerejido and Ibis Hernández Abascal. The overarching impetus is to bring together the artistic production of contemporary artists from Miami and Havana, representing various generations and organized around various themes that will function as points of dialogue or counterpoint.