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Dark Clouds on the Horizon? Camagüey and Havana

Marlon Portales with his painting concerning Castro and Obama’s announcement of talks toward normalization or relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Photo: Courtesy Elvis Fuentes
Marlon Portales with his painting concerning Castro and Obama’s announcement of talks toward normalization or relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Photo: Courtesy Elvis Fuentes

Elvis Fuentes visits the FIVAC festival in Camagüey, meets artist Marlon Portales in Havana, describes a new studio initiative, delineates the subtleties of the Havana Biennial and Zona Franca, and visits controversial artist Tania Bruguera. More

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Dispatch: Dominican Republic

View of Santo Domingo, capital city of the Dominican Republic
View of Santo Domingo, capital city of the Dominican Republic

In an on-the-road communiqué from the Dominican Republic, curator Pablo León de la Barra identifies some significant people and places in Santo Domingo, whose museums are notably out of step with the contemporary mainstream, visits artists on the outskirts of the city, and drops in to Santiago de los Caballeros. More

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Contrabienal: Art, Politics, and Latin American Identity in 1970s New York

Contrabienal: Arte, política e identidad Latinoamericana en la Nueva York de los años setenta

Front cover of Museo Latinoamericano and Movimiento por la Independencia Cultural de Latinoamérica, Contrabienal, 1971. Collection of Luis Camnitzer, New York
Front cover of Museo Latinoamericano and Movimiento por la Independencia Cultural de Latinoamérica, Contrabienal, 1971. Collection of Luis Camnitzer, New York

Aimé Iglesias Lukin revisits Contrabienal, an artist’s book that called for a boycott of the 1971 São Paulo Biennial, and documented the influence of politics on Latin American artists in 1960s and ’70s New York. More

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On the MAP: Jonathas de Andrade’s Political Practice, MAP Artists at the Biennale, and Sara Raza's Curatorial Approach

Video still: Nisma Zaman/Matt Stanton Productions
Video still: Nisma Zaman/Matt Stanton Productions

In our latest monthly update from the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, we share videos about MAP artist Jonathas de Andrade and curator Sara Raza, and we take a look at MAP artists participating in this year’s Venice Biennale. More

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We are Here, They are There

Nosotros estamos aquí, ellos están allá

Front covers of Artes Visuales, issues 1–29. Published by Museo de Arte Moderno, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes & Secretaria de Educación Pública, Mexico City, 1972
Front covers of Artes Visuales, issues 1–29. Published by Museo de Arte Moderno, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes & Secretaria de Educación Pública, Mexico City, 1972. Photo: Courtesy Carla Stellweg

Curator Carla Stellweg relates her journey through the New York art world—one that began in the late 1960s—and asks how ideas of what constitutes Latin American contemporary art have changed during that time. More

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On the MAP: Thoughts from MAP Curator Sara Raza, Paul Ramírez Jonas on His Public Art, and a Curatorial Tour of Ecuador

Sara Raza. Video still: Nisma Zaman
Sara Raza. Video still: Nisma Zaman

In our latest monthly update from the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, we share a compelling interview with curator Sara Raza; an insightful video about artist Paul Ramírez Jonas; and a variety of new posts about the cultural scene in Ecuador. More

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Notes from a Neighborhood Called Cuba

Notas desde un barrio llamado Cuba

Video still: Notas desde un barrio llamado Cuba
Video still: Ericka Olivares, Notas desde un barrio llamado Cuba, 2014

In a video inspired by Argentine art critic Marta Traba and shot in Guayaquil, Lupe Alvarez and Eliana Hidalgo explore Ecuadorian art, discussing among other things the contribution of Eduardo Kingman and the roles of caricature and photography. More