Cuban connections highlighted through art, film, lectures

If you’ve been around Bloomington for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about CUBAmistad, an organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue and understanding between the U.S. and Cuba.

“Hasta La Victoria Siempre,” or “Until Victory, Forever. This 1975 silkscreen of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, is based on Korda’s famous photograph from 1960 and will be on display at the Mathers Museum.

In that vein, CUBAmistad and several Indiana University departments and organizations are partnering to host a “Celebration of Cuban Art and Film,” with events including lectures, art exhibits and a film series.

“While Bloomington has been a sister-city with Santa Clara, Cuba, since 1999, visits have become quite a bit more difficult,” event organizer and CUBAmistad representative Cynthia Roberts said. “In the absence of such visits, we try to educate and share some views of Cuba that normally aren’t represented here.”

The celebration includes:

Art exhibits
September — Boxcar Books, 408 E. Sixth St., cut paper by Ned Powell
September to December — IU Art Museum, 1133 E. Seventh St., British pop-art by Joe Tilson
September to Dec. 2 — Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Cuban poster art

12:15 p.m. Sept. 18, IU Art Museum, “Picturing Che” by Hector Sandoval
5 p.m. Nov. 14, Mathers Museum, “Posters From the Revolution: The Anthropology of Graphic Arts in Cuba” by Gerrie Casey

Live music
9 p.m., Oct. 26, Rachael’s Café, 300 E. Third St., Ritmos Unidos. Cost is $6.

Films at IU Cinema
7 p.m., Sept. 17, “Kordavision
7 p.m., Oct. 8, “Maestra
7 p.m., Oct. 29, “Juan of the Dead

Three photography exhibitions are also on display through October: Cuban photos by retired faculty at Emeriti House, 1015 E.Atwater Ave.; and CUBAmistad photos at Rachael’s Café and Soup’s On restaurant, 108 S. Rogers St.

The celebration is sponsored by WFHB, Department of American Studies, the Black Film Center/Archive, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Cultural Studies program, Film and Media Studies, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Department of History, La Casa, Latino Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


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