Calendar: Writing the Horizon: Recent Essays on Contemporary Cuban Art

Event Description

This symposium, Writing the Horizon, presents research by three scholars who have each been commissioned to write essays for the catalogue of the exhibition On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection. Anelys Alvarez will present her investigations related to the exhibition's thematic of "Internal Landscapes," Rachel Price on "Abstracting History," and Jorge Duany on "Domestic Anxieties." Collectively these presentations will illuminate particular aspects of the works presented in the exhibition and tie them to specific contexts and histories of Cuban artistic production both on the island and in the diaspora during the last several decades. Please join us immediately following the discussion on the Joy Terrace for a cocktail reception celebrating the closing weekend of the exhibition.

Symposium | 2-4pm
Cocktail Reception | 4-6pm

Anelys Alvarez Muñoz is an art historian who earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in the University of Havana, Cuba. In 2010, she completed a graduate program in Museum Studies at Florida International University where she also served as a consultant for the Frost Art Museum and the Cuban Research Institute. Alvarez-Muñoz has taught at the University of Havana (2005-2010) and The Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico (2013-2014). She often writes and lectures on Cuban art.

Jorge Duany, Ph.D. is director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. Born in Cuba and raised in Panama and Puerto Rico, Dr. Duany previously served as acting dean of the College of Social Sciences and professor of anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. He also served as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and director of the journal Revista de Ciencias Sociales at UPR. He has held visiting research and teaching appointments at several U.S. universities, including Harvard, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the City University of New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies, specializing in anthropology, at the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University. Dr. Duany has published extensively on migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism, and transnationalism in Cuba, the Caribbean, and the United States. He has also written about Cuban cultural identity on the island and in the diaspora, especially as expressed in literature, music, and religion.

Rachel Price is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. She is the author of articles on digital media, slavery, poetics, and visual art, and the books The Object of the Atlantic: Concrete Aesthetics in Cuba, Brazil and Spain 1868-1968 (Northwestern University Press, 2014) and Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island (Verso Books, 2015). She is currently working on several projects, including intersections between aesthetics and energy, and a book-length study rethinking communication technologies and literature in the nineteenth-century slaveholding Iberian Atlantic.