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WALKER ART CENTER / MINNEAPOLIS


Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 (group exhibition)
Conceived by the Cisneros Fontanals Fundación Para Las Artes (CIFO Europa) and organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walker Art Center;
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US. November 11, 2017 – March 18, 2018

Goodbye Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 looks like how Cuba's revolutionary epoch shaped 65 years of Cuban art. The exhibition brings together more than 100 of the most important works of painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance created by more than 50 Cuban artists and designers.

Annotated by key moments of the 20th- and 21st-century Cuban history, Goodbye Utopia is the most comprehensive and significant presentation of modern and contemporary Cuban art shown in the United States since 1944, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented Modern Cuban Painters.

Although many artists have emigrated from Cuba to live and work abroad, Farewell Utopia focuses on the untold narrative of those artists who remained in Cuba or whose careers took off after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. Through a selection of pivotal artworks-created in each of six decades since 1950-the exhibition explores Cuba's artistic production through the lens of utopia, both its construction and its deconstruction. Goodbye Utopia introduces US audiences to key events in Cuban history and explorations that this history affected individual artists, shaped the character of art produced on the island, and conditioned the reception of Cuban art both in Cuba and abroad. A newly published, related publication accompanies the exhibition.

Curators: Cuban independent curators Gerardo Mosquera, René Francisco Rodríguez, and Elsa Vega, with museum advisors Olga Viso and Mari Carmen Ramírez

Walker Coordinating Curator: Olga Viso