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Picturing Cuba

Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora

Jorge Duany (editor)

ISBN: 9781683402091

Publication Date: Mar 2021

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Explores the evolution of Cuban visual art and its links to Cuban cultural identity. Featuring artwork from the Spanish colonial, republican, and postrevolutionary periods, as well as the contemporary diaspora, these richly illustrated essays trace the creation of Cuban art through shifting political, social, and cultural circumstances.
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Picturing Cuba explores the evolution of Cuban visual art and its links to cubanía, or Cuban cultural identity. Featuring artwork from the Spanish colonial, republican, and postrevolutionary periods of Cuban history, as well as the contemporary diaspora, these richly illustrated essays trace the creation of Cuban art through shifting political, social, and cultural circumstances.

Contributors examine colonial-era lithographs of Cuba's landscape, architecture, people, and customs that portrayed the island as an exotic, tropical location. They show how the avant-garde painters of the vanguardia, or Havana School, wrestled with the significance of the island's African and indigenous roots, and they also highlight subversive photography that depicts the harsh realities of life after the Cuban Revolution. They explore art created by the first generation of postrevolutionary exiles, which reflects a new identity–lo cubanoamericano, Cuban-Americanness–and expresses the sense of displacement experienced by Cubans who resettled in another country. A concluding chapter evaluates contemporary attitudes toward collecting and exhibiting post-revolutionary Cuban art in the United States.

Encompassing works by Cubans on the island, in exile, and born in America, this volume delves into defining moments in Cuban art across three centuries, offering a kaleidoscopic view of the island's people, culture, and history.

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An excellent, wide-ranging introduction to Cuban art, its historiography, and the politics of its production, reception, and exhibition. . . . The essays, ordered chronologically, provide a clear, generously illustrated account of the varied attempts through time to isolate and figure cubanidad in the visual arts. . . . Highly recommended." - Choice
Illustrations 48 color and 16 b/w illus
Pages 320
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 22
Date Published 30 Mar 2021
Publisher University Press of Florida
Subject/s History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -   Art styles not defined by date   History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900  
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Picturing CubaJorge Duany
  • 1. Cuban Colonial Prints: Constructing Our National Identity through Seventeen Projects Emilio Cueto
  • 2. Between Civilization and Barbarism: Víctor Patricio de Landaluze's Paintings during the Ten Years War in Cuba (1868–78) E. Carmen Ramos
  • 3. Colonial Art and Its Afterlife: Visualizing the Nation Then and Now Alison Fraunhar
  • 4. Cuban Painting at the Turn of the Century (1902–30): The Nexus between Traditional and Vanguard Anelys Alvarez
  • 5. The Cuban Avant-Garde and the International Art Community Ramón Cernuda
  • 6. Women Not Successful Here: Cuban Women Artists, from San Alejandro to the Vanguardia Carol Damian
  • 7. Cuban Architects at Home and in Exile: The Modernist Generation Victor Deupi and Jean-François Lejeune
  • 8. Concrete Cuba Abigail McEwen
  • 9. Cuban Photography after 1959: Shifting Paradigms Iliana Cepero
  • 10. Fashioning and Contesting the Olive-Green Imaginary in Cuban Visual Arts María A. Cabrera Arús
  • 11. Theatricality in the Art of the Cuban Diaspora: The Progression of Tropes Ricardo Pau-Llosa
  • 12. The Cuban-American Exile Vanguardia: Towards a Theory of Collecting Cuban-American Art Lynette M. F. Bosch
  • 13. Cuban Art in the Diaspora: The "Chaos of Difference and Repetition" Andrea O'Reilly Herrera
  • 14. From Burning Paintings to Domestic Anxieties: Shifting Cultural Relations between the United States and Cuba and between Cubans on and off the Island Jorge Duany
  • Notes on the Contributors
  • Index
Jorge Duany is director of the Cuban Research Institute and professor of anthropology at Florida International University. He is the author of several books, including Un pueblo disperso: Dimensiones sociales y culturales de la diáspora cubana and Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States.

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