Cuba Art News reminds us that last Friday, the exhibition “Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje” opened at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. According to the article, the exhibition includes pieces by approximately thirty artists whose works are from the Bronx Museum’s collection, private collections in New York and Florida, and from the artists themselves. [Also see more on this exhibition’s antecedent—Biennial Preview: “Wild Noise” at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.] Cuba Art News reports:
Originally planned as the second half of an exhibition exchange with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, the show ran into a series of setbacks.
Among the obstacles was a concern on the part of the Cubans that state-owned art sent to the United States would be subject to seizure, in response to legal claims by Cubans in the US whose property in Cuba had been taken after the Revolution.
The museum did obtain immunity from seizure for the exhibition, said Bronx Museum Director Holly Block, but the Cubans decided not to lend work from the Museo Nacional’s collection, “considering the change in administration [in Washington].”
“We really expected to bring the collection here [from Havana],” she added, leaving the curatorial team little more than a month to organize a new show. Bronx Museum curators collaborated on the show with Corina Matamoros and Aylet Ojeda Jequín, curators of contemporary Cuban art at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
[Kcho (Alexis Leyva Machado), “Siempre fue verde,” 1991–1992, remade 1996; Photo: Cuban Art News.]
Also see previous post about the 2015 Havana show here: https://repeatingislands.com/2015/05/01/biennial-preview-wild-noise-at-the-museo-nacional-de-bellas-artes/