A Cuban State of Mind

by First Church

The Art at First ProgrScreen Shot 2017-02-17 at 9.21.31 AMam is proud to announce A Cuban State of Mind, a two-month series celebrating the rich tradition of Cuban art and culture. This special series will open with the art exhibition, “Origin and Circumstances” on March 2, on view until April 30. The gallery will showcase paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media works by five US-based Cuban artists reflecting on Cuban history and contemporary culture. Included in the exhibition are paintings and watercolors by Ariel Cabrera Montejo, drawings by Jairo Alfonso, photographs by Giorgio Viera, paintings by Geandy Pavón, and sculptures by Armando Guiller.

Join us for the Gallery opening on Thursday, March 2 at 6PM!

The evening begins with a presentation featuring Alejandro Anreus, Ph.D. – a curator, art historian, and critic – followed by art historian Meyken Baretto and the artists included in the exhibition, Ariel Cabrera Montejo, Jairo Alfonso, Giorgio Viera, Geandy Pavón, and Armando Guiller. After the presentation, there will be a reception with wine and refreshments from 7-9pm.

The exhibition will explore what it is like to be a Cuban emigrant and an artist, and what a change of country and environment implies for those whose works are inspired by their origins and circumstances. Art critic and curator Meyken Baretto states, “In many different ways these artists carry the weight of their past, their memories and their culture.” The artist’s mediums and conceptual concerns are unique but they share in common the confrontation with a new culture and country.

This special series is free and open to the public.

If you wish to purchase a piece of art from the gallery, please contact Nicole Stansifer at nstansifer@fpcnyc.org