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Art on the Hyphen: Cuban-American Art in Western New York Events and Programs

Programs include lectures, book signings and Cuban music

Posted: January 13, 2005
The following programs and events are presented by the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in conjunction with the exhibition Art on the Hyphen: Cuban-American Artists of Western New York State:
Books Signings, Talks and Readings
Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.
Curator’s Talk and Book Signing: Lynette Bosch
Lynette Bosch, guest curator of Art on The Hyphen: Cuban-American Artists of Western New York State, will speak on curating this exhibition. Bosch is Associate Professor of Art History at SUNY Geneseo and Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. She is the author of several publications including Cuban-American Art In Miami. Free with paid museum admission.
Sunday, February 6, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.
Book Signing: Milton Rogovin
Award-winning social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin will sign copies of his new book, With Eyes and Soul: Images of Cuba, which includes Rogovin's photographs of Cuban people and poems by Cuban poet Nancy Morejon.
Thursday, February, 17, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Alberto Rey and Nestor Zarragoitia
Alberto Rey is primarily a painter, although his works border on sculpture and installation at times. Rey received his MFA from the University of Buffalo (1987). He also studied at Harvard and has taught at Lincoln-Sudbury High School, Art Institute of Boston, New England School of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has received several grants and awards, including Artists Projects Grant from the lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Pyramid Art Center, the Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award, the Kasling Award and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity from SUNY Fredonia.
Nestor Zarragoitia is a mixed-media sculptor who incorporates painting into his work. Zarragoitia began his BFA at Hunter College and received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Holmes Community College, Goodman, MI, Millsaps College, Jackson, MI., and Collin County Community College in Plano, TX. Zarragoitia grew up in New York City and currently resides in Buffalo.
Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.
Reading: Olga Karman and Jorge Guitart
Havana-born Jorge Guitart is a poet and a Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages at SUNY Buffalo. He immigrated to the United States in 1962. Guitart received his BA from George Washington University (1967) after studying at the University of Havana and his MA (1970) and PhD (1973) were awarded by Georgetown University. The artist is the author of books and articles in the field of Spanish Linguistics and the author of a body of poetry, which has placed him in the group of leading Cuban-American poets. His visual arts activities include small watercolor and pen and ink works.
Olga Karman has been published in The New Republic, The Nation, Confrontation, and Americas Review. She has read her poetry at Canisius College, Siena College, Simmons College of Boston, MA, Transylvania University of Kentucky, and Fukuoka University in Japan, among others. She has also read at the Harvard Club of WNY and at the American Association of University Women. Karman has read from her memoir, Scatter My Ashes Over Havana Harbor at the University of Rochester, the State University College of New York at Fredonia, and at the Just Buffalo Literary Art Center. Excerpts from this work appeared in the collection Remembering Cuba. In 1985 she created poetry for the mosaic mural at Allen/Hospital subway station in Buffalo.
Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Christian Campos and George Campos
Christian Campos received his BS from Georgetown University in 1998. Although primarily a video artist, he has studied music and acting at New York University. He belonged to the Bay Area Video Collective in San Francisco (2001) and has been on the Board of Directors of Hallwalls. The artist's work has been featured in Cinema Sotto le Stelle, Buffalo, NCCC Video Festival, Sanborn, N.Y., where he won the Best Documentary Award and One Act Play Festival, Georgetown University. To date, he has made approximately eighteen videos.
George Campos is a photographer and the president of The Campos Group in Tonawanda. Campos came to the United States as a child in 1961 and grew up in Buffalo, where he received his BA in Economics from SUNY Buffalo. Campos has served on the Council of the Burchfield Penney Art Center and on the Advisory Board of CEPA. Currently, Campos is involved in creating a permanent photographic record of his family's history.
Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.
Lecture: Pablo Menendez
Direct from Havana, Cuba, Pablo Menendez: A musician and cultural anthropologist, Pablo, as leader of the band "Mezcla" has been active in the world of Cuban music, culture and politics for many years. His lecture, entitled "Cuban Music: History, Culture, Politics and beyond" will be a broad based discussion of the critical aspects of the Cuban musical expression. In addition, Menendez will present his own video containing performances and interviews with the leading Cuban musicians of our day. This event is being co-sponsored by Mark Goldman. Free with museum admission.
Thursday, March 10, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Errol Daniels and Jorge Guitart
Errol Daniels has been a photographer since the 1960s, a time when he was immersed in the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago. During the 1990s, Daniels studied with photographers Amy Arbus and John Goodman and printer Chuck Kelton as he developed his style of social documentation. To date, Daniels’s more extensive projects were developed in Cuba, Cuba: A Jewish Journey, and Nani, which documents the life of a 12 year old Cuban girl who is physically challenged.
Happy Hour Featuring The Latin Jazz Project
Thursday, February 10, 2005 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Free for members of the Burchfield-Penney; $10 for non-members
In the 5 years of their existence, The Latin Jazz Project has strived to express a wide range of musical styles: Latin and jazz, progressive and traditional, representing the musical heritage of multiple ethnicities embodied in the complexity of American life. The group is led by percussionist/guitarist Manuel Perez and pianist/arranger Kevin Doyle. Latin Jazz Project also features the lead vocalist/percussionist G?iche Pirela and bassist Carlos Day, both monumental talents, as well as Matt Thomas on saxophone. The newest member, Matteo Mills, is featured on the bata drums. Call (716) 878-3549 for information or to make reservations.
Friday, March 18, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.
Music of Cuban Composers at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Featuring Wendell Rivera's Latin Jazz All-Stars
Presented by Burchfield-Penney Art Center and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery,
Wendell Rivera's Latin Jazz All-Stars will present a concert featuring the music of famed Cuban composer Mongo Santa Maria and others. Part of the Albright-Knox’s Gusto at the Gallery series.
Saturday March 19, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Symposium: Cuban and Cuban American Art: An Overview
Alejandro Anreus, Carol Damian, Juan A. Martinez and Jorge Santis
Alejandro Anreus has been a curator at Montclair Art Museum and the Jersey City Museum, Rutgers University, critic-in-residence at the Center for Innovative Printmaking and Paper and a critic for Art Nexus. He is currently workingon a book on imagery in Cuban-American art. Anreus is the author of multiple exhibition catalog essays and critical reviews of exhibitions of Cuban-American art.
Carol Damian is a specialist in Latin-American and Caribbean Art. Author of The Virgin of the Andes: Art and Ritual in Colonial Cuzco (1995). She is a frequent contributor to Art Nexus, Art News, and El Nuevo Herald. Damian is one of the first critics to write about Cuban-American art and is the author of multiple exhibition catalog essays and critical reviews of exhibitions on the subject.
Juan A. Martinez is a specialist in Cuban Art of the generation active in the 1920s-1940s, known as the Vanguardia generation and the author of Cuban Art and National Identity: The Vanguardia Painters (1927-1950) (1994). He has written multiple catalog essays and articles on the subject and curated exhibitions at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami and the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College.
Jorge Santis is the curator of the Cuban Collection at the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale. Probably the world’s leading expert on Cuban-American art, he has developed the Museum of Fort Lauderdale’s collection of Cuban art into the best such collection in this country. Santis has curated some of the most important exhibitions of Cuban-American art held in the last twenty years, including Cuban Art of the Twentieth Century and Breaking Barriers.
Family Workshops (sponsored by Hyatt’s-All Things Creative)
These family workshops are free of charge. Children 8 years and older are welcome with accompanying adult. Registration is required. Please call (716) 878-6020 to register. Space is limited.
Sunday, March 20, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Afro-Cuban Theatrical Make Up
Led by Cuban artist Leandro Soto, a former Buffalo resident, this interdisciplinary workshop includes a face painting demonstration and training and concludes with an audience participation performance.
Sunday, April 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
About Face: Self -Portrait Painting
After viewing artwork by Latino artists, art educator Esperanza Altamar from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will conduct a self-portrait painting workshop.
About the Burchfield-Penney Art Center
The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is a museum dedicated to the art and vision of Charles E. Burchfield and distinguished artists of Buffalo Niagara and Western New York State. Through its affiliation with Buffalo State College, the museum encourages learning and celebrates our richly creative and diverse community. For more information, call (716)878-6011 or visit
The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is supported in part with public funds from Erie County and the New Yok Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Trust, the Mary A. H. Rumsey Foundation, and Burchfield-Penney members and visitors.
Art on the Hyphen was made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts-Challenge America Grant, Rite Aid Pharmacy, New York State Council on the Arts, Buffalo State College Office of Equity and Diversity, Buffalo State College Auxiliary Services Grant Allocation Committee, Niagara Mohawk, A National Grid Company, Rotary Club-Buffalo Sunrise, Goya Foods, TOPS Markets Mark Goldman, Hyatt's-All Things Creative and Julio and Amy Alvarez.
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