Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

¡Sí Cuba!: A Citywide Celebration of Cuban Art and Culture

January 1st, 2010 - April 30th, 2010

Location
New Orleans, LA

See ¡Sí Cuba! Online for full information and schedules of events.

“¡Sí Cuba!,” a major citywide presentation of arts, music, and culture related to Cuba, will take place in New Orleans starting in January and continuing through the spring of 2010. ¡Sí Cuba! is a collaborative venture between museums, universities, galleries, and other arts organizations in New Orleans. The project is anchored around the upcoming exhibition at the Newcomb Art Gallery and the New Orleans Museum of Art Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works From Cuba, featuring over fifty works by 27 Cuban artists working in various media, highlighting the latest trends in contemporary Cuban art. Developed by the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Polaridad Complementaria is organized by Margarita Sánchez, curator, and Jorge Fernández, director and will open in New Orleans on January 16th at both venues. For more on Polaridad Complementaria read the Stone Center’s news announcement.

The show was developed by the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, in collaboration with the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition was funded in part by Maybank Industries, Charleston, SC. Additional support is provided by the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust and Julie McCollam, New Orleans, LA.

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Collaborating organizations presenting exhibitions or educational programs include: Antenna Gallery, Arthur Roger Gallery, CubaNOLA Arts Collective, Heriard-Cimino Gallery, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, The Latin American Library of Tulane University, LeMieux Galleries, Louisiana ArtWorks, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Taylor Bercier Fine Art Gallery, Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center.

In celebration of ¡Sí Cuba!, the following organizations and galleries will be presenting Cuban exhibitions and related programming:

  • Antenna Gallery, “Cuba, Now!” (January 9-February 7; opens January 9, 6-9 pm; book signing Thursday, January 14, 7-9 pm)
  • Arthur Roger Gallery, Luis Cruz Azaceta (January 9-February 27)
  • Contemporary Arts Center, Mario Petrirena installation (January 14-April 11)
  • A Gallery For Fine Photography, “Cuba Now,” Photographs by Richard Sexton; “Cuba Then,” Photographs by William Henry Jackson and E.O. Goldbeck (January 9-February 28)
  • Heriard-Cimino Gallery, “Fragment of Journeys” by José Bedia (January 9-March 3)
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection, “Louisiana and Cuba: Multiple Perspectives” (January 19-April 17)
  • Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, “Inside/Outside” by Angel Delgado (January 5-February 20)
  • The Latin American Library, Tulane University, “See Cuba: A Century of Images from the Latin American Library, 1859 – 1959” (January 16-June 16; opening and copa de champaña, Saturday, January 16, 5-6 pm)
  • LeMieux Galleries, “Cuba in the 1930s” by Paul Ninas (January 9-30)
  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahalia Jackson Theater, Pan-American Life Fiesta Sinfónica (March 6, 8 pm)
  • Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, “Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba” (January 16-March 14; opening Saturday, January 16, 6-9 pm)
  • New Orleans Film Society, film screening: I am Cuba (February 4, 7:30 pm at the Contemporary Arts Center)
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, Luis Cruz Azaceta: “Swimming to Havana” (December 18-March 28) and “Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba” (January 16-March 14; opening Saturday, January 16, 5:30-8 pm)
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art, a site-specific installation by José Bedia, Mario Petrirena: “Soul House, and Jorge Otero: Unrestored Miami” (January 14-April 11)
  • Taylor Bercier Fine Art Gallery, “Soliloquy” by Carlos Estévez, (January 7-March 7)
  • Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, “Las Americas: Recent Films from Latin America” (February 19-March 11) and “He Who Hits First, Hits Twice: The Urgent Cinema of Santiago Alvarez” (February 10-11, 7:30 pm)

More venues and events, including music, film screenings, educational events, performances, and culinary experiences to be announced.

Press contact: For more information and images please contact Teresa Parker Farris, Marketing Coordinator, (504) 361-2406; email: tpfarris@tulane.edu, or Valerie McGinley Marshall (504) 865-5164, email: vmcgmar@tulane.edu.

To add an event to the Sí Cuba listings, please email: modcontemporary@yahoo.com

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28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival to Feature Latinx Programming

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The 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will be held from October 11th to October 19th at participating theaters in the New Orleans area. Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South. Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films.

This year’s film festival will feature a number of films relating to the Latin American community, either in subject matter and/or made by Latin American filmmakers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be sponsoring several films, including Olancho and Cuban Short Stories.

A full list of film selections and synopses may be found here.

For more information on tickets, passes, and film packages, visit the NOFF website.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following films:

Olancho
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making music for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, he must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee. For information on times and locations, visit the Olancho event page.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano
These Cuban short stories are a series of short films highlight cultural and social subject manner relating to the Cuban community. For more information on show times and locations, visit the event page.

Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban
A short documentary about female boxing in Cuba, where the Cuban government forbade women from competing in the 2016 summer olympics.

Manuel
A short documentary about an 87-year-old Cuban man who brews and sells potions said to be aphrodisiacs.

Parade
Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders.

Connection (Conectifai)
A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen.

Charlie
Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)
Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation’s unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father’s adamant objection.

Prince of Smoke
Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.

Additional titles relating to the Latin American community include:

The Thunder Feast (Truenos de San Juan)
A documentary about the ancient festival of San Juanito in Guanajuato where homemade explosives are part of the revelry, but not everyone in the community is sure this tradition should continue.

Sambá
A documentary about Cisco, a Dominican-born man who returns to the Dominican Republic after doing time in a United State prison. Cisco soon finds that the only way he can make money is getting involved in loosely organized street fighting.

Days of Wholesome Joy
A Cuban narrative short about a woman taking care of her grandmother who has dementia.

Holy Hill
A narrative short story about a nun who works at a school for young boys in the Dominican Republic. Both she and the boys have parallel sexual awakenings.

Camp of the Innocents
A Louisiana-made short documentary about the U.S. interment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans. The entire synopsis, as well as show times and location may be found here.

Dead Horses
A Catalan animated short film about a child fleeing his home during wartime.

Bells in the Mountains
A Spanish short documentary about a group of cows who migrate seasonally from the town of Ullé through the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.

Elegy
A short narrative film about a girl who cannot process her complicated feelings about the death of her two classmates.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano-New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following screenings for the New Orleans Film Festival, which will run from October 11th-19th. Screenings are held at various locations in New Orleans. The box office is located at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130).

CUBAN SHORTS: CINE CUBANO

  • Saturday, October 14th 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13
  • Thursday, October 19th 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10

Cultural Kinship Conference: Presented by the LA Creole Research Association

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The Louisiana Creole Research Association will host its’ 13th annual conference from October 20-22 in New ORLEANS, LA. The conference will explore the phenomenon of Creolization and identity that exists in both the Caribbean and in New Orleans and their common Creole culture. Learn how the influence of the St. Domingue immigrants in New Orleans bolstered that common Creole on the cusp of Americanization following the Louisiana Purchase. Registration for the conference is now open, using the following link.

2017 Conference Schedule

  • Friday, Oct. 20- Annual Members Meeting
    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
    938 Lafayette St.
    6PM-9PM
  • Saturday, Oct. 21- Annual Conference
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    1 Drexel Dr., Administration Auditorium
    8AM-4:30PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- Laura Plantation Tour & Lunch
    2247 Highway 18, Vacherie 70090
    9AM-2:30PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- LAGNIAPPE!
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    2PM

For more details on the 2017 Schedule and Speakers, visit our post on Facebook! To register, become a member, or get extra information, click here.

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.