Hello Cuba, Adios Utopia: Cuban Art in Texas

lazaro saavedra el corazon sagrado Hello Cuba, Adios Utopia: Cuban Art in Texas

Lázaro Saavedra, El Sagrado Corazón. © Lázaro Saavedra Lázaro Saavedra, El Sagrado Corazón. © Lázaro Saavedra Lázaro Saavedra, El Sagrado Corazón. © Lázaro Saavedra In the final gallery of “Adios Utopia,” there’s a video of a march through Havana. The marchers are dressed for carnival, but in black instead of in colorful costumes, and they are marching backward, to the music of a brass band. The performance, Irreversible Conga (2012), a work by artists called Los Carpinteros, is suggesting that Cuba is going backward. The gesture fits the title of the exhibition which will be at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston through May 21. Some artists simply fled the island utopia. Some left after persecution for their work. Some stayed and expressed their views about life on the island through their art. Some are still being persecuted. That experience has kept the artists in this show from preserving […]