Killing Time

Killing Time, curated by Elvis Fuentes, Yuneikys Villalonga, and Glexis Novoa, focused on the work of over seventy contemporary Cuban artists that have approached the subject of time. “The Revolution has been a symbolic intervention on Cuban Time. In return, time has shaped discourses of and on the Cuban Revolution,” said the curators. Time patterns: Rewriting History, Productive Journey vs. Free Time: From Diversion to Subversion, and Aging and Decaying: An Archaeology of Utopia, are some of the many subjects explored in different media, including performances, installations, photographs, videos, drawings, paintings, sculpture, murals, prints and ephemera. This exhibition spanned the late 1970s to the present, and provided a timely context for Cuban artists whose work has had little or no exposure in the United States. Many of these artists have metaphorically recorded some of the tensions in the cultural, social and political landscape of the past three decades, and have often been dismissed by the official discourse on the Island or stereotyped by narrow conceptions of identity. A special section of the exhibition featured the origins of Performance and Conceptual art in Cuba, through original works and documentation materials never before shown in the United States.

ARTISTS

Francis Acea, Pavel Acosta, Jairo Alfonso, All Stars Team, José Luis Alonso Mateo, Alexandre Arrechea, Arte Calle, Magdiel Aspillaga, Juan Pablo Ballester, James Bonachea, Ricardo Brey, Saidel Brito, Tania Bruguera, La Campana Group, María Magdalena Campos Pons, Iván Capote, Yoan Capote, Consuelo Castañeda, Nilo Castillo, Sandra Ceballos & Espacio Aglutinador, Raúl Cordero, Arturo Cuenca, Ángel Delgado, Felipe Dulzaides, El Soca & Fabian, Enema Collective, Henry Eric, Antonio Eligio Fernández “Tonel”, José A. Figueroa, Coco Fusco, Carlos Garaicoa, Fernando García, Pavel Giroud, Alejandro González, María Elena González, Juan-si González, Abdel Hernández, Hexágono Group, Tony Labat, Francisco Lastra, Glenda León, Alejandro López, Rafael López Ramos, Janler Méndez, Manuel Mendive, Beverly Mojena, Maritza Molina, Glexis Novoa, Antonio Núñez, Ernesto Oroza, Cristina Padura, Alain Pino, Humberto Planas, Segundo Planes, Provisional Group, Aldo Damián Menéndez, Ernesto Pujol, Rigoberto Quintana, Ritual Art-De Group, Rubert Quintana, Fernando Rodríguez & Francisco de la Cal, René Francisco Rodríguez, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Joel Rojas, Yali Romagoza, Lázaro Saavedra, Leandro Soto, Ezequiel Suárez, T&T, José Ángel Toirac, César Trasobares, Hárold Vazquez, Aaron Vega Granados, Liudmila Velasco & Nelson Ramírez de Arellano, José Ángel Vincench, Ramón Williams.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Panel Discussion Sunday May 13, 4-6pm
Glexis Novoa, Rafael Lopez Ramos, Ruben Torres Llorca, Maria Magdalena Campos Pons, Tania Bruguera, Leandro Soto

Cuban Dinner Sunday May 13, 6-8pm
Typical Cuban cuisine provided by Havana Nights restaurant.
$10 per person

Live Performances Sunday May 13, 8-10pm
Tania Bruguera, Juan-Si Gonzalez, Alejandro Lopez, Maritza Molina,
El Soca & Fabian Leandro Soto

PERFORMANCES

Saturdays June 16 & 23, 8-10PM
Performances by Trickster Theater
Directed and conceived by Papo Colo

CURATORS

Elvis Fuentes is Associate Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York. Before joining El Museo, Fuentes served as curator at the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico and prepared a retrospective exhibition of the early works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres for the San Juan Polygraphic Triennial, 2004. Other projects that he has curated are Print as Metaphor (Grand Prix, International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana 2005), and Rewind… Rewind… Three decades of video art in Puerto Rico (AICA Prize 2005). A member of IKT, Fuentes graduated from University of Havana (Art History, 1999), and completed studies in museums of Europe and the U.S. (Aachen, Amsterdam, Berlin, Columbus-Ohio, Madrid, New York, Paris, Cologne). He was curator at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (1999-2002), where he organized more than 20 exhibitions, including two video art festivals (2000, 2001).

Yuneikys Villalonga is an independent curator and art critic based in Havana. A graduate from the University of Havana (Art History, 2000), she completed studies in museums of Europe (Aachen, Basel, Paris, Stockholm, Helsinki, Cologne). Villalonga has been Associate Professor at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) in Havana (2000-2004), and has served as curator at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (2000-2003). She won the National Prize of Curatorship of the National Union of Artists and Writers of Cuba (UNEAC) in 2004 for Së Bashku – Juntos – Tillsammans, a traveling exhibition presented in the Tirana Biennial, Albania, the Uppsala Museum, in Sweden and soon to be realized in Havana. She has also organized Cuban and international art exhibitions in England, Scotland, Slovenia and the United States.

Glexis Novoa is a Cuban-born artist living and working in Miami and Havana. His site specific graphite wall drawings have been exhibited internationally at numerous acclaimed institutions and galleries. He produced La Consagración de la Jodedera, a catalog that documents the works of Cuban performance artists of the 1980s. In 2006 he was the recipient of The Cintas Fellowship Award.

INTRODUCTION

En busca del tiempo perdido.

El tiempo que se pierde es vida que se muere.
porque el tiempo que se gana, existe en el futuro que desconoces,
la vida artística es la acumulacion de historias en forma cronológica
El talento que pierde el tiempo son posibilidades culturales, que nunca se realizaran,
Nuestros dias estan contados y clasificados.
Una cuenta regresiva es una deuda que se extiende.
Y no todo pasado fue mejor, el tiempo cuenta y mata.
Matar el tiempo es reprimir el espacio de nuestra existencia,
Y renunciar a las obligaciones del trabajo, es tambien descubrir el placer
De esperar , sin la preocupacíon de producir.
Y con la ventaja adicional, de tener el tiempo de poder jugar con la conciencia.
Asi que mi version de matar el tiempo es recuperar la historia,
para empezar a multiplicar el espacio que nos fue negado,
la libertad de la voluntad y la posibilidad
De opinar lo contrario de cualquier idea que el poder nos imponga.
Entiendo, que matar el tiempo es esperar que una utopía nos consuma,
Para que otra utopía nos desee. El deber del artista es,
perderse en la vida y en el espacio, para aumentar el tiempo,
su religíon no es política sino filosófica,
el amor al arte es, La búsqueda del tiempo perdido.

In search of lost time

Time lost is life that dies.
Because time gained exists in the unknown future.
Artistic work is the accumulation of chronological stories
Artists that spend time in a vacuum are cultural possibilities that never happened
Our days are numbered and categorized.
A regressive count is an extended debt.
Not every past was better, time counts and kills.
To kill time is to repress the space of our existence,
To renounce the obligation of labor,
To discover the pleasure of waiting
Without the worries to produce, but the advantage to play with the conscience.
My version of killing time is to recover history,
Multiplying the space that was denied, practicing freedom of the will
And the possibility of having an opposite opinion.
To kill time then is to wait that one utopia consumes us so that another utopia desires us.
The duty of the artist is to get lost in life and space to increase time.
Because the artist’s religion is not political but philosophical,
The love of art is, the search for lost time.