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Thursday, October 12, 2017

SOLD OUT – NEW YORK I Exhibition and Private Collection Visit 'Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón'

Date(s): October 12, 2017

Time: 4:30 PM  EST - 8:00 PM  EST

Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10029

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Join ArtTable for a special tour of the first U.S. retrospective of the work of Belkis Ayón followed by a reception at the home of Carole and Alex Rosenberg, distinguished collectors of contemporary Cuban Art. 
NKAME: Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón, currently on view at the Museo del Barrio, and curated by Christina Vives, is a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Belkis Ayón (1967–1999)—the late Cuban visual artist who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society Abakuá to create an independent and powerful visual iconography. Ayón was known for her signature technique of collography, a printing process in which materials of various textures and absorbencies are collaged onto a cardboard matrix and then run through the press with paper. Her narratives, many of which were produced at very large scale by joining multiple printed sheets, are imbued with an air of mystery, in part due to her deliberately austere palette of shades and subtle tones of black, white, and grey. For a black Cuban woman, both her ascendancy in the contemporary printmaking world and her investigation of a powerful all-male brotherhood were notable and bold. Nkame, a sweeping overview of her most fertile period of artistic creativity, covers Ayón’s graphic production from 1986 until her untimely passing. 

The tour will be followed by a light supper reception at the home of Carole and Alex Rosenberg. Carole and Alex will talk about their relationship with Ayón and their dedication to cultural exchange with Cuba. 

Carole Rosenberg is a distinguished member of the art world. For more than forty years, she made significant contributions to New York’s cultural landscape as an art dealer and philanthropic leader. Carole visited Cuba for the first time to attend the Havana Biennial, she could not imagine this trip would forever change the path of her life. Today, she is the president of American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, an organization she heads since its creation. The Havana Film Festival New York is one of the many projects she has undertaken in an effort to nurture cultural exchange, artistic development and understanding between the peoples of the U.S. and Cuba. She is also a member of the Honorary Committee of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba and serves on the Art and Garden committees at Long House Reserve in East Hampton and the Community Board of The Water Mill Center.
As a result of her dedication to the Cuban culture Carole and her husband Alex Rosenberg who is a well-known an art dealer have assembled an extraordinary collection of contemporary Cuban Art.


The tour of the exhibition will be given by Horacio Ramos, doctorate fellow at the Museo del Barrio and art historian who specializes in Latin American architecture and history of exhibitions. He received his M.A. in Art History and his B.A. in Philosophy from the Universidad Católica del Perú, and is currently an Art History Ph.D. student at the CUNY Graduate Center. He was awarded a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2017, and an International Program Grant from the College Art Association and the Getty Foundation in 2015. He has taught art history courses at Brooklyn College and Universidad Católica del Perú, and is currently teaching at The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (CCNY). He worked as curatorial and research assistant for several exhibitions and publications at the Museo de Arte de Lima (Peru).

Thank you to Rosa Tejada for organizing this program.

Image credits:  Detail of La cena (The Supper), 1991, collection of Carole and Alex Rosenberg
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