Program: Phase 1
Havana, Cuba: May 27 – June 5, 2015
To facilitate an encounter between Cuban-American artists from Miami and their counterparts on the island. This initial phase of the dialogues program marked the first time that a group of visual artists from Miami travels to Cuba as a group and is invited by an official institution in Havana.
Casa de las Américas is the official institution in Cuba that organized and hosted a two-day symposium open to the public featuring panel discussions with leading curators, critics and scholars from both Miami and Havana
Casa de las Américas: Day 1
Panel I: Identidad cultural, diáspora y nación (Cultural Identity, Nation and Diaspora).
Panelists: Odette Bello (Art Historian, University of Havana, art in the Cuban diaspora), Jesús Arboleya (Historian and former diplomat, author of Cuba y los cubanoamericanos: El fenómeno migratorio cubano) and Elizabeth Cerejido. Moderator: Ana Niria Albo (of the Latino Studies Program at Casa de las Americas)
Panel II: Arte Cubano: Diálogos (Cuban Art: Dialogues).
Panelists included the following Havana and Miami artists: (Juana Valdés, Manny Prieres, Leyden Rodríguez Casanova, Bert Rodríguez , José A. Figueroa, Lázaro Saavedra, Felipe Dulzaides). Moderator: Elizabeth Cerejido (Cuban-American independent curator)
Casa de las Américas: Day 2
Panel III: Arte, historiografía, circulación y consumo (Art: Historiography, Circulation and Consumption).
Panelists: Magalys Espinosa (critic), Sandra Sosa (critic and writer), Anelys Alvarez Muñoz (Cuban born, Miami-based art historian and assistant curator of The Related Group). Moderator: Nahela Hechevarría (Curator of Visual Arts at Casa de las Américas)
Panel IV: Arte Cubano: Diálogos (Cuban Art: Dialogues).
Panelists included the following Havana and Miami artists: Glenda León, Marcos Valella, Humberto Díaz, Antonia Wright, Ruben Millares, Esterio Segura, Reynier Leyva Novo, and Manny Prieres. Moderator: Cristina Figueroa