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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Celebrate Caribbean culture and heritage during Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans

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Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, is back for its 16th annual celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage. Presented by Friends of Culture, Bayou Bacchanal will include two days of Caribbean cuisine, dance, music and celebration.

World Wide Dance
Beginning Friday, November 2 stop by the newly-opened, Algiers based, Haitian restaurant Rendezvous, for World Wide Dance. This late-night dance party begins at 10:00 p.m. and doesn’t end until the final dancer clears the floor. Enjoy live sets by locally and regionally based, Trinidadian DJ Phil and DJ Spice. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door and includes access to the World Wide Dance celebration. A cash bar and bites from Rendezvous will be available for purchase.

Bayou Bacchanal Parade and Party
After an evening of dancing and celebrating, rest up for the annual Bayou Bacchanal Parade on Saturday, November 3. Assembly begins at 11:00 a.m. and the parade takes off at noon from Harrah’s. Parade-goers are welcome to come dressed in traditional carnival attire while engaging, marching and dancing to the beats of Soca music along with Casa Samba throughout the French Quarter. The parade’s final destination will be at North Peters & Mandeville Street where the party will then transition to Crescent Park.

From 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. several Dancehall, Soca and Reggae performers will grace the Bayou Bacchanal stage for this daylong festival. Guests can expect live performances by local, national and international artists such as: Soca Artist Preacher, Pan Vibrations, Tigress of Trinidad & Tobago, and Mystic of Trinidad & Tobago.

Beats will be provided by DJ Spice and hosted by Lady Pepper. Authentic Caribbean foods, drinks and special merchandise will be available for purchase. Trini Lisa and Boswell’s will be among the official vendors for Bayou Bacchanal 2018. Fest-goers can expect Caribbean staples such as salt fish, curry goat and roti. Tropical drinks including ginger beer, passionfruit juice and Sorrel will also be available. Guests are also encouraged to dress in tradition Carnival attire for a chance to win a grand prize of $2000.

Admission to the Bayou Bacchanal fest is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information on Bayou Bacchanal or Friend of Culture, visit their onsite information booth during the festival or click here.

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Closeout Bayou Bacchanal at Island Flavor Bar and Grill and enjoy tasty Caribbean bites, music and dancing. DJ Ray will be spinning beginning at 11:00 p.m. Celebrate the closing of Bayou Bacchanal with a bang!

Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821

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On Wednesday, November 14, the Latin American Library at Tulane University will host Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, for a talk titled, Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821.

This presentation is part of the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Jane and Herbert Longenecker Lecture Series. The event is dedicated to María García Daly.