Picturing Cuba: Art and Cultural Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora is a forthcoming collection of essays to be published by University Press of Florida. Edited by Cuban Research Institute director Jorge Duany, this collection of essays is based on a 2017 conference held at the Frost Art Museum, with the support of the Darlene M. and Jorge M. Pérez Collection of Cuban Art at FIU, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Picturing Cuba: Art and Cultural Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora delves into several defining moments of Cuba’s artistic evolution from a multidisciplinary perspective, including art history, architecture, history, photography, literary criticism, and cultural studies. Situating Cuban art within a wider context of complex references, internal and external influences, and socio-historical connections, fifteen prominent scholars and collectors scrutinize the enduring links between Cuban art and cultural identity. Covering the main periods in Cuban art (the colonial, republican, and postrevolutionary periods, as well as the contemporary diaspora), the contributors identify both the constant and changing elements and symbols in the visual representation of cubanía or cubanidad (Cubanhood).
[Image above: Víctor Patricio Landaluze, Cutting Sugar Cane, 1874.]
For more information and table of contents, see https://cri.fiu.edu/news/2018/new-edited-volume-on-cuban-art-and-cultural-identity/