Art Exhibition: “Cross Currents/Intercambio Cultural”


[Many thanks to Galleria Continua for bringing this item to our attention.] The National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) and the Smart Museum of Art have collaborated to present the exhibition, Cross Currents/Intercambio Cultural. Presenting the results of an exchange between six Latino/a artists based in Chicago and six from Havana, the exhibition will be on display at the Smart Museum (University of Chicago) from July 11 to August 18, 2019. Cross Currents will then travel to El Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba, in January 2020. The opening, held on July 11, from 5:00 to 8:00pm, is outdoor evening get-together features music, exhibition-inspired food, and refreshments, plus a first look at work by Chicago- and Havana-based artists who took part in an artist exchange. It is free and open to all (rain or shine).

Caribbean artists in this show include Edra Soto, from Puerto Rico, and Cuban artists Yunior Aguiar Perdomo, Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Humberto Díaz, Alejandro González, Celia Irina González Álvarez, Douglas Pérez Castro, Requer (Renier Quer Figueredo). [According to Galleria Continua, Susana Pilar Delahante will also have a performance (in the framework of the Cross Currents exhibition) at the DuSable Museum (740 East 56th Place, Chicago, Illinois) on July 11th.]

Description: Cross Currents/Intercambio Cultural (July 11–August 18, 2019) explores how issues of Latin American and Latinx identity and place are manifest in the practices of artists working in Chicago and Havana at a moment of social change and strained political relations between the United States and Cuba.

Cross Currents is the result of an artist exchange organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art. Six Chicago-based artists visited Havana in spring 2017 and six Cuban artists visited Chicago in fall 2017 and summer 2018. The work on view reflects the artists’ experiences and observations as they interacted with each other, curators, cultural spaces, and neighborhoods during their trips. The project aims to open pathways of communication and understanding between the two cities and peer artists while also reflecting on their own artistic practices at this moment in time.

Based in Chicago:
* Alberto Aguilar (b. 1974, Chicago)
* Carlos Barberena (b. 1972, Nicaragua)
* Dianna Frid (b. 1967, Mexico City)
* Rodrigo Lara Zendejas (b. 1981, Toluca, Mexico)
* Harold Mendez (b. 1977, Chicago)
* Edra Soto (b. 1971, San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Based in Havana:
* Humberto Díaz (b. 1975, Cuba)
* Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo (b. 1984, Cuba)
* Douglas Pérez Castro (b. 1972, Cuba)
* Alejandro González (b. 1974, Cuba)
* Celia Irina González Álvarez (b. 1985, Cuba) and Yunior Aguiar Perdomo (b. 1984, Cuba)
* Requer (Renier Quer Figueredo, b. 1983, Cuba)

For more information, see and

Also see full press release at

[Photo above by Oak Taylor-Smith: SUSANA PILAR ‘Lo que contaba la abuela… (series)’ 2017. Installation view at GALLERIA CONTINUA / Les Moulins.]

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