Cuba in Columbus

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Cuba in Columbus represents a multi-event, multi-venue group of exhibitions showcasing the work of 107 artists from central Ohio and Cuba. Artwork from Ohio artists who recently exhibited their artwork in Cuba will be on display with works from additional Columbus and Cuban artists at 33 art institutions, galleries, and public venues throughout Columbus as part of Cuba in Columbus from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15, 2019.

Dublin Arts Council, a project collaborator, is hosting an exhibition including photographs by Celia Gonzalez and Yunior Aguiar (Celia y Yunior), a 1961 collection of political cartoon woodcut prints by a Cuban artists’ collective, and poetry by Ohio artists Barbara Fant and Fontane Tripp at Dublin Arts Council (DAC), 7125 Riverside Dr., Dublin. A reception will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at DAC. The exhibition, which remains on view through Nov. 15, and reception are free of charge.

Celia y Yunior’s artwork uses the metaphor of an epiphyte, a plant that grows on another and takes nourishment from its host, as inspiration for a series of photographs of estates that originally belonged to powerful Cuban residents and now house state-run institutions. Four photographs in the series of 14 will be on view.

“Portfolio of the Havana Declaration (1961)” is a collection of seven woodcuts of political cartoon images by notable Cuban artists Carmelo Gonzalez, Ana Rosa Gutierrez, Aronando Canet and Alfredo Sosabravo, who came together in the late 1950s to extol Latin American revolutionaries responding to American democracy and imperialism.

Ohio artists Fant and Fontane visited Cuba as part of the project, composing poetry that responded to connections with the people of Cuba and the experience of creating possibilities through art.

The exhibition is a result of a cultural exchange led by Columbus curator Michael Reese and Columbus artists’ representative Ruthie Newcomer through which five Columbus artists were selected to show artwork in the renowned 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba in April of 2019. An additional 34 Columbus artists displayed their work alongside art from Cuban artists as part of a collateral Biennial exhibition, ConnectArt, in Matanzas. Additional information about the project can be found at

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