Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora: Setting the Tent Against the House

Hardcover | June 1, 2011

byAndrea O’Reilly Herrera

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As an island—a geographical space with mutable and porous borders—Cuba has never been a fixed cultural, political, or geographical entity. Migration and exile have always informed the Cuban experience, and loss and displacement have figured as central preoccupations among Cuban artists and intellectuals. A major expression of this experience is the unconventional, multi-generational, itinerant, and ongoing art exhibit CAFÉ: The Journeys of Cuban Artists. In Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora, Andrea O'Reilly Herrera focuses on the CAFÉ project to explore Cuba's long and turbulent history of movement and rupture from the perspective of its visual arts and to meditate upon the manner in which one reconstitutes and reinvents the self in the context of diaspora.

Approaching the Cafeteros' art from a cultural studies perspective, O'Reilly Herrera examines how the history of Cuba informs their work and establishes their connections to past generations of Cuban artists. In interviews with more than thirty artists, including José Bedia, María Brito, Leandro Soto, Glexis Novoa, Baruj Salinas, and Ana Albertina Delgado, O'Reilly Herrera also raises critical questions regarding the many and sometimes paradoxical ways diasporic subjects self-affiliate or situate themselves in the narratives of scattering and displacement. She demonstrates how the Cafeteros' artmaking involves a process of re-rooting, absorption, translation, and synthesis that simultaneously conserves a series of identifiable Cuban cultural elements while re-inscribing and transforming them in new contexts.

An important contribution to both diasporic and transnational studies and discussions of contemporary Cuban art, Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora ultimately testifies to the fact that a long tradition of Cuban art is indeed flourishing outside the island.

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As an island—a geographical space with mutable and porous borders—Cuba has never been a fixed cultural, political, or geographical entity. Migration and exile have always informed the Cuban experience, and loss and displacement have figured as central preoccupations among Cuban artists and intellectuals. A major expression of this expe...

ANDREA O’REILLY HERRERA is Professor of Literature and Director of Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition to being a published poet and literary critic, she is the author of a number of critical works including ReMembering Cuba: Legacy of a Diaspora, the novel The Pearl of the Antilles...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 10.3 × 7.25 × 1.12 inPublished:June 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgments"For the Cuban Dead," by Ricardo Pau-LlosaCafé cubano à la GriselIntroduction. Setting the Tent Against the HouseChapter One. Cuban Cultural Expression On and Off the Island: The Condition of "Unfreedom" Oppositional Art in Cuba: Volumen Uno and the 1980s Generation The Soviet Socialist Art Movement Puré Arte Calle Cuban Art Outside the IslandChapter Two. Repeating the Unrepeatable: CAFÉ and the Journeys of Cuban Artists The Origins of CAFÉ CAFÉ in a Postindustrial AgeChapter Three. Mapmaking in Diaspora: A Crumb of Madeleine CAFÉ: An Encounter with NewnessChapter Four. CAFÉ and the Cuban Modernist Movement The Cuban Vanguardia The Influence of Europe in Cuban Visual Arts The Creolization of Cuban Culture José Bedia Angela Valella Raúl Villarreal Leandro Soto De palo pa' rumba Joaquín González Rafael López Ramos Laura Luna Ana María SarlatChapter Five. Seams of Continuity: The Landscape of the Dispossessed Cuban Paisajismo Raúl Villarreal Baruj Salinas Ana Flores Nelson García Miranda Ana Albertina Delgado Rosario "Chary" Castro-MarínChapter Six. The Architecture of Longing and Remembrance Natasha Perdomo Anita Guerra Dora Hernández Armando Tejuca Glexis NovoaChapter Seven. The Trope of Displacement, the Disruption of Space Victor Caldée Pedro Vizcaíno Joaquín González María Brito Sergio García Adriano Buergo Israel León Viera Yovani Bauta Elizabeth Cerejido Pedro Portal Jorge Arango Gloria Lorenzo Roberto WongChapter Eight. Discourses of Positionality The Fertile Nature of Dispersion and Rerooting Cultural Identity in Transition The Fifteenth ProvinceEpilogue. Cuba, a Work in ProgressAppendix A: Artists Included in Café: The Journeys of Cuban ArtistsAppendix B: "Café con leche," by Antonia "Toñi" Otaola BarcoNotesList of Illustrations