Since Cuban-U.S. relations were relaxed by the Obama administration, myriad organizations as well as individual travelers have been visiting the island nation as curiosity seekers and cultural ambassadors. Adventuring to Cuba today is akin to time travel, with political views, societal conventions, architecture, and infrastructure still stuck largely in the mid-20th century. Many artists and designers who remained in Cuba during this revolutionary epoch found a path toward success while creating in the liminal state between a supposed utopia’s construction and deconstruction. This exhibition, curated in part by the Walker’s executive director, Olga Viso, the Florida-born daughter of Cuban émigrés, brings the fruits of their labors to us—the first since a 1944 show at MOMA in New York. More more than 100 works by more than 50 of these Cuban creatives will be showcased here. Video, installation, and performance pieces, along with paintings, photography, and works of graphic design, are underscored with didactics on key moments in contemporary Cuban history.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION After Hours: Adiós Utopia This Friday November 10th at the Walker Art Center!
Say hello to Adiós Utopia. After Hours will be your first look at this landmark exhibition, the most significant survey of Cuban art shown in the United States in decades. Celebrate with music by Charanga Tropical, Malamanya, and DJ Don Cuco; indulge in specialty cocktails and small bites; and get your hands dirty at a screenprinting workshop. Preview more than 100 works, including painting, graphic design, photography, video, and performance.
Música: Escape to the Garden Terrace Room for live music and dance to DJ Don Cuco’s mixes all night long in the Cargill Lounge.
9:00 pm: Charanga Tropical | 10:45 pm: Malamanya | All night: DJ Don Cuco
Comidas y Bebidas
Enjoy complimentary small bites and sip a specialty cocktail from the cash bar.
Arte: Drop in to the Art Lab to pull your own silkscreen prints inspired by revolutionary posters in Adiós Utopia. Experiment with layering and contribute your artwork to a temporary installation.
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