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Cuba: Meeting the Artists

H. Barbara Weinberg, Curator Emerita of American Paintings and Sculpture, The American Wing

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

At the Taller Gráfico workshop, Havana

At the Taller Gráfico workshop, Havana. Photograph by Phyllis Shmalo

«Highlights of our memorable trip to Cuba were our many encounters with members of the country's visual-arts community.» We toured the collections of Havana's National Museum of Contemporary Cuban Ceramics and National Museum of Fine Arts with their respective directors, and continued our conversations with these well-informed and gracious scholars over dinner. We spent a morning in students' workshops of the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Cuba's leading art school; enjoyed a cocktail reception and a buffet dinner with a group of talented young artist-fellows at the Ludwig Foundation for the Arts; and visited painters, sculptors, ceramists, photographers, and graphic artists in their homes and studios in Havana and in Matanzas and Cárdenas, smaller cities northeast of the capital. We were always intrigued by the artists themselves and their accounts of their expressive intentions, technical methods, and professional lives, and often delighted and moved by their works.

Department(s): The American Wing, Development
Tag(s): Cuba

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H. Barbara Weinberg is curator emerita of American paintings and sculpture in The American Wing. She joined the department as curator in 1990 and was elected the Alice Pratt Brown Curator in 1998. She has organized many exhibitions, written numerous Metropolitan Museum catalogues, independent books, articles, and essays, and has received honors that include the 2007 Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art.

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