From the Archives: The Enthusiastic, Energetic Cuban Art Scene Comes to MoMA, in 1944

Raul Corrales, Caballeria (Cavalry), 1960, Gelatin silver print.©ESTATE CORRALES/COURTESY COUTURIER GALLERY, LOS ANGELES

Raul Corrales, Caballeria (Cavalry), 1960, Gelatin silver print. ©ESTATE CORRALES/COURTESY COUTURIER GALLERY, LOS ANGELES Currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is “Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950,” the biggest survey of Cuban art in America since a 1944 Museum of Modern Art exhibition. In mind of the occasion—and in part to portray ways that colonialist and racially problematic means of thinking about Cuba and artists from different locales have changed—we have republished a review of the MoMA show from the April 15, 1944 issue of ARTnews . H. Felix Kraus praised the show and its artists, most of whom were largely unknown in America, for their “freshness” and “enthusiasm.” He also drew on unfortunate presumptions and language indicative of the time. The review follows in full below. “Imports from Cuba: Verve at the Modern Museum” By H. Felix Kraus April 15, [...]