Latin American Art Museum exhibit explores impact of Pope’s Visit to Cuba Three Years Ago
What: No Tengas Miedo (Have No Fear) solo exhibit
Who: Miami Artist Xavier Cortada
Where: Latin American Art Museum, 2206 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida; Phone: 305-644-1127 (Raul Oyuela, Museum Director; Barbara Rueda, Museum Curator)
When: January 12, 2001 opening reception from 6:30 to 10 pm (the show runs through January 27, 2001)
Through “No Tengan Miedo” the artist explores the impact of Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Cuba on the third anniversary of his trip. The exhibit contains paintings created immediately after the artist’s first travel to the island–an 8-hour charter trip to hear the Pope’s Mass, and those created thereafter. These works include some recent conceptual pieces—the first ever exhibited by Cortada.
Cortada explores the Pope’s impact at the societal and personal level—having traveled to the Vatican in February 2000 to meet the Pope and participate in the Jubilee for Artists, and then having returned to Cuba for the second time two months later to meet family and attend a packed Sunday Mass in the family hometown of Nuevitas, Camaguey.
On Opening night, January 12, 2001, all the exhibit’s 13 paintings and 22 conceptual pieces will be shown as a virtual exhibit on the artist’s website, http://www.cortada.com/gallery/virtualexhibits/no-tengan-miedo/index.htm.
The exhibit includes a four-part literature series presented by the Felix Varela Center for Cuban Studies at St. Thomas University on January 16, 18, 23 and 25, 2001–all start at 8 p.m.. The exhibit’s closing reception is on Friday, January 26, 2001 from 6:30 pm until 10 p.m.
For more information please contact Xavier Cortada at 305-858-1323 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.