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OPIUM: A Conversation with Cuban Artist José Toirac

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Friday, September 20, 2019, 12:00pm - 1:30pm


CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge St.



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Cuban Artist José Toirac and Art Curator Octavio Zaya will discuss the
exhibition "OPIUM: Works by José Toirac", as well as Toirac's artistic
international career. OPIUM is part of the DRCLAS Cuba Studies
Program's activities related to the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Cuban
Revolution. Since early 1990s, José Toirac has been a well-known
artist in Cuba, even if his unassuming and reserve personality didn't
propel him into instant fame and the recognition that was granted to
other artists from his generation. Despite the obvious political irony
of his paintings and drawings, or perhaps because of it, José Toirac
was awarded last year's National Prize of Fine Arts in Cuba while we
were preparing his presentation at DRCLAS, a much deserved
acknowledgment to his independent career that is finally catching up
with what we understand as his "political poiesis." He brings that
irony mainly through the juxtaposition and combination of political
and advertisement iconographies, but he is never explicit in his
intentions, and his work is always full of nuances and successful
pairings and encounters. Octavio Zaya is an independent art curator,
writer and editor. He has been Director of Atlántica Journal for the
last 18 years. He has curated more than 40 exhibitions for more than
17 museums throughout the world, including the Guggenheim Museum, New
York (1976) and the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2000, 2001, 2018). He
participated at the First and Second Johannesburg Biennales, and was a
curator of Documenta 11 (2002). He curated Spain's Pavillion at the
55th Biennale di Venezia (2013). Alejandro de la Fuente is the Robert
Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics,
Professor of African and African American Studies and of History at
Harvard University. He is also Director of the Afro-Latin American
Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American
Research at Harvard University.



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Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:30



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