FREE EVENT: The Cuban Experience: Art, Literature and Dance

Experience Cuba’s vibrant artistic culture through Art, Literature and Dance: enjoy the current visual art exhibition in the Upper Gallery showcasing four Cuban artists, listen to author Raul Villarreal talk about memories of Hemingway’s life in Cuba, follow the dancers to the Theater to experience several popular Cuban and Latin dances! The evening will include:

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Book presentation: Hemingway’s Cuban Son

Author Raúl Villarreal presents Hemingway’s Cuban Son, a book based on memories of his father René, who was not only Hemingway’s longtime majordomo in Cuba, but also his confidant and a friend. Villarreal’s clear recollections offer up humorous stories of escapades and adventures with Hemingway as well as insightful comments on the writer’s work habits, moods, passions, and friendships. He also writes of Cuba before and after the revolution, capturing so well the sense of place and time. Presented in collaboration with Latin Art Space.
Open bar and complementary appetizers in the Upper Gallery to accompany the event from 6:30 to 8:00pm

8:00 – 10:00 PM


Connect to the intoxicating rhythms with live and recorded music, and engage directly with interactive dance performances, where dances from MetaMovements (Anara Frank and DJ Jay Salsa) perform beautiful traditional and contemporary Latin American dances (including salsa, bachata, merengue, as well as Afro-Cuban Orisha “Elegua” and a spirited Rumba), and invite the audience to learn the rhythm or try the steps. To close the show, you will witness the spectacular Cuban rueda, or “wheel” of salsa. Invented in the 1950s in Havana, that is sometimes described as “salsa meets square dancing” because of the entertaining caller who shouts out the moves as the dancers trade partners in fancy turn patterns. Also, enjoy a captivating perspective of history, perfect for all audiences. Presented in collaboration with Metamovements.
Cash bar from 8:00 to 9:30pm.


On view till July 15, 2013, in the Upper Gallery

Heavily influenced by their Cuban heritage and upbringing, four New York-based Cuban visual artists (Clara Morera, Cepp Selgas, Bernardo Navarro, and Jorge Valdés) explore African icons, folklore and religious syncretization through a variety of media including acrylic on canvas and paper, assemblages of found objects, mosaics and mix media artworks. Curated by Astrid Martinez-Jones of Latin Art Space. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10:30 – 6pm, and during Theater events.

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