In La Habana, the current process of normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States is termed “el acercamiento”, the slow and cautious act of getting closer. Professional artists and arts students from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles, and Academia Nacional de Artes San Alejandro in La Habana, will develop proposals for an acercamiento between our two countries in the form of urban interventions, performative actions, sound, and visual arts that will begin to give shape to a multiplicity of potential futures. The project challenges participating artists and audiences to insert themselves in the process of visioning and enacting of these futures.
March 23th, 2016 – Opening at the Ludwig Foundation, La Habana, Cuba
May 7th, 2016 – Opening at Boat House Gallery, Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, U.S.
Fall, 2016 – Opening in Miami, U.S.
The work will be exhibited in the Ludwig Foundation in La Habana in March 2016, the Boat House Gallery at Plaza de la Raza in Los Angeles in May 2016, and in Miami (Fall 2016) among other sites. All projects will also exist in the form of acercamiento posters, designed to be engaged by the public in a public setting. The posters will be displayed in urban spaces and public institutions, as well as mailed to politicians and culture makers currently shaping the discourse and policies around Cuba-U.S. relations.
Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro is the oldest and one of the most prestigious fine arts school in Cuba. The California Institute of the Arts was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top ten graduate schools for the fine arts in the United States. The project was conceived and is organized by CalArts School of Theater faculty Evelyn Serrano and San Alejandro Dean Yamile Pardo.
This is a project of the CalArts Center for New Performance / Duende CalArts, Espacio a-106, and Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro.