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December 6-19, 2014.

Pinar Del Rio, Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Camaguey, Santiago De Cuba, Holguin.


The Center for Cuban Studies is sponsoring a special people-to-people trip to Cuba to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Cuban Art Space, which opened in September, 1999. This is a unique opportunity: it’s intended for gallerists, curators and art collectors and will be limited to 20 persons. The dates are Saturday, May 24 to Friday, June 6, and we will criss-cross the country by air-conditioned bus visiting every important artist along the way – in Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Pinar del Rio, Santa Clara, Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba and Holguin, and towns in-between. We’ll also look for new, undiscovered artists. We’ll visit artists who work in every medium, self-taught and academic, of all ages. We’ll visit collectives and community art projects, as well as art schools wherever we go.

Participants will stay in first-class hotels and each day will be packed with visits to artists’ studios and homes, galleries, and museums. If you don’t love art, don’t even think about applying for this trip! The trip will be led by the Center’s curators, Sandra Levinson and Juan Tamargo. The cost is $6,000 in a double, $6,500 in a single, plus a $1000 tax-deductible donation to the Center which will go directly toward the Cuban Art Space exhibits and its artist-in-residence program.

For further information about the itinerary and the artists we’ll visit, write to us at cubanartspace@gmail.com  You can download the application to fill out and send to us at www.cubaupdate.org


Every Wednesday - 7:30 pm at the Cuban Art Space

231 West 29 St.

$10 donation / $5 CCS members

limited seating RSVP by Monday of each week 212 242-0559

Understanding Cuba Through its Art

Lecture by: Steven Certilman and Sandra Levinson

Saturday, May 10th 6pm
Carriage Barn Arts Center 681 South Avenue New Canaan, CT


Steven Certilman's significant collection of contemporary Cuban art is the focus of the exhibition Absolut Kuba! An avid art collector, Certilman has sourced pieces directly from the artists during travels to Cuba for more than a decade and has dedicated himself to promoting the country's emerging talent.

Sandra Levinson is Director of the Center for Cuban Studies and Curator of the Center's Cuban Art Space. She travels to Cuba several times each year, leading trips on Cuban art and architecture, collecting art and crafts for the Center's 10,000-piece collection of art, posters and photographs, and working with news and other non-profit organizations to help them accomplish their professional goals. One of the Center's founders in 1972, she is a passionate advocate for Cuban art. The Center for Cuban Studies brought the lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department in 1991 that legalized the importation of Cuban original art.


$20 per person Space is limited! Reservations are required. Make your reservation

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 - Saul Landau's: Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?

A special screening will be held to launch the 40th anniversary year of the Center for Cuban Studies, in collaboration with The Center for Public Scholarship, at the New School on Saturday, December 3, 2011.
Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations by telling the story of the "the Cuban five," intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences (one was recently released on probation after serving 13 years).

Donation of $20 to CCS (ticket will be sent to you)
Check, money order or credit card information with your reservation to:
Center for Cuban Studies
231 West 29th St, Suite 401
New York NY 10001
Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information click here.

July 29 - August 20, 2011 - Now extended until September 23!
books, books, books: Since moving in 2008, we've been trying to find space for the 1000s of books, magazines, monograhs, and pamphlets that were part of the Center's Lourdes Casal Library. We've found room for those we consider essential to our work– others have gone to different university libraries around the country– and we now have hundreds of books for sale. Cuban literature– poetry, novels, plays– and literary criticism; books on politics and economics, science and technology, education; many are from the earliest years of the Cuban Revolution. And most of the books are on sale for ONLY ONE DOLLAR!

We're also selling second copies of books that we chose to keep for our art and culture library, and they too are inexpensively priced. So look at our Summer Show of Popular Cuban Art and pick up a few wonderful Cuban books while you're here!

The Cuban Art Space at the Bronx Museum of the Arts!

Beginning June 26, the Center's Cuban Art Space will be responsible for the gift shop at the Bronx Museum of the Arts – we invite our members and supporters to visit.


Opening June 26 in the Museum's Urban Archives is an exhibit of works by the Cuban painter Emilio Sánchez which he did in the Bronx;

On view through December is artist Alexandre Arrechea's wonderful "Orange Tree". And much else: Opening on June 26 is the Museum's 1st AIM (Artist in the Marketplace) Biennial, showing sculptures, works on paper, video installations, photographs and other works by the 72 participants in the AIM Program

The gift shop will be stocked with books, CDs, DVDs, crafts, jewelry, and small art works, all under $50! Bronx Museum members and CCS members receive a discount with their membership cards.


For further information: 212.242.0559 or cubanartspace@gmail.com

 at the Center for Cuban Studies, 231 W 29th St, 4th floor
All programs begin at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted


Tuesday, May 24: Holly Block on Contemporary Cuban Art and the Bronx Museum Collection
Holly Block


Holly Block is the Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the author of ART CUBA THE NEW GENERATION.





Click here to learn more about Holly Block





Thursday, June 9: Lourdes Socarrás on Cuban Photography from the Epic to the Conceptual, with special guest Roberto Salas. Roberto Salas

Lourdes Socarrás, curator and critic, was Director of the Cuban Fototeca for 10 years. She lives in Havana.





Click here to view Roberto Salas gallery







May 12 - June 25, 2011
RECENT WORKS Mabel Poblet - Ernesto Rancaño
reception with the artists Wednesday, May 11 6–9 pm

Keith Bolender, Book signing and talk

Thursday, March 24, 7:30

New book examines history of terrorism against Cuba




Video of the event on YouTube

Holiday Fair

Saturday December 4, 2010

Holiday Fair

Cuban Women Artists

October 22 - 23, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

In the Atrium at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center

The Center for Cuban Studies and the Art Space will be part of JALC's Afro-Cuban Jazz Festival which coincides with the visit of Chucho Valdes and other Cuban musicians in concert at JALC. Visit our exhibit table -- music CDs and DVDs from Cuba, Cuban art, notecards, folk art and crafts from Cuba!

Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 2 - 6 pm

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 7 - 10 pm

Luis Alberto Perez COPPERILuis Alberto Perez COPPERI, one of the two artists in our current show, "PRIVATE LANGUAGE," received his visa the day after the opening of the exhibit! So of course we want you, our members and supporters, to come meet him and help us celebrate the fact that once again visas are being given to Cuban artists! He will be with us for two weeks, from May 16-30.

On Saturday, May 22, we'll have a meet and greet for Copperi. He will be at the Center from 2 to 6 pm to meet and talk with you about his art. We'll have some of our famous rum punch and you can talk with this wonderful young artist from Cienfuegos about his art, his life in Cuba as an artist, and whatever else interests you.

Thursday, May 27, we'll have a farewell reception for Copperi, from 7 to 10 pm with drinks and refreshments.

Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 8 pm

Eso que anda / Van Van Fever (2010)

A new feature length documentary about Cuba's most popular dance orchestra, celebrating 40 years under the direction of the phenomenal Juan Formell - with the participation of one million Cubans who cheered on Los Van Van during their most recent national tour throughout the island. Interviews with Formell and other original members of Los Van Van make for a moving, exciting and danceable film.

Put on your dancing shoes!

Ian Padrón will be here from Havana to introduce the film and for a Q & A afterward.

DRINKS AND REFRESHMENTS. $100 CCS Members, $125 Non-Members
Limited to 50 persons!

Thursday, April 8, 2010 from 7 - 9 pm
An illustrated talk and book signing by CATHRYN GRIFFITH for her book

Cathryn Griffith's book can be ordered from the Center at member's price, $40 plus $4 postage/handling.

CATHRYN GRIFFITHArtist and photographer Cathryn Griffith examines Havana's most important buildings and public spaces by juxtaposing old tourist post cards with her recent photographs. It will be released by W. W. Norton in April 2010. This lavishly illustrated book, with a foreword by Eusebio Leal, city historian of Havana, beautifully documents the history, preservation, and present uses of Havana's most important buildings and urban spaces. Eleven renowned architects, historians. scholars, preservationists, and urban planners in Cuba and the U.S. provide a rigorous examination of Havana old and new that provokes exploration of the ways we look at all cities. These authoritative policy makers and thinkers raise issues of how the most important city in Spanish colonial America developed and changed over several centuries and the extent to which it is being restored and preserved today. More than 350 illustrations juxtapose historical colored postcard images of Havana with recent digital color photographs of the same views. The imagery, based on years of exhaustive research and investigation, draws from Cathryn Griffith's collection of more than 600 postcards of Havana from 1900 to 1930, more than 3,000 photographs taken there during multiple trips since April 2003, and extensive interviews with experts in Havana and the U.S..

CATHRYN GRIFFITH, a graduate of Wellesley College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, lives in Boston where she develops and manages industrial real estate. Since her first journey to Havana in 2003, she has made more than a dozen working trips there to photograph, in the process acquiring a broad range of contacts with scholars and historians in both Cuba and the U.S. Her postcard collection was the Inspiration for this book. A student of French culture and language, Griffith has written and lectured about the Musee d'Orsay and has also photographed in France. China, Tibet, along the Silk Road, and in New England.

Cuba Uncovered, at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck NJ, 20 Puffin Way, through April 19, 2010

Cuba UncoveredDisplayed is a selection of rarely seen works in many different media by renowned and emergent Cuban artists, including José Rodriguez Fuster, Adrian Rumbaut, Jorge Perugorria, William Pérez, Jairo Castellanos, Mabel Poblet, Manuel Mendive, Agustin Bejarano, Hector Velez Martinez, Alicia Leal, Montebravo and others. All are on loan from the Cuban Art Space of the Center for Cuban Studies in New York. Sandra Levinson spoke at the opening on Feb. 19. On April 2, well-known NJ artist Ben Jones, together with Bob Guild of Marazul Tours and Ann Sparanese will speak at the exhibit.

Free and open to the public. Tel. 201. 836-3499. This exhibit runs through April 19. Regular gallery hours are Mon-Fri, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.

January 18 - February 26, 2010

The CCS Cuban Art Space exhibit "Household Saints: African Spirituality in Cuban Art and Culture" was shown at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery
80 Washington Street, Providence RI
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9-9, Friday and Saturday, 9-4

The opening reception was held on February 2, from 5-7 pm with a talk by Sandra Levinson, Executive Director, Center for Cuban Studies and an altar presentation by local santero Steve Quintana.

The works shown come from the Collections of the Center for Cuban Studies, Shelley & Donald Rubin and Joan Pearlman. http://www.uri.edu/prov/missionvision/urbanarts/currentgallery.html

February 3 and 4, 5-7, there will be additional programs. Further information: 212.242.0559

December 9, 2009

On Wednesday, December 9, we gave our Carlotta Award to Pablo Armando Fernández, who honors the tradition of poets by contributing to spiritual survival from slavery to the present and for his valiant efforts to maintain U.S. and Cuban cultural bonds.


Pablo Armando Fernandez, Saul Landau (Carlotta recipient) and Sandra Levinson, CCS Executive Director awarding the Carlotta and gift of a painting by Elio Vilva of Pablo's orisha, Obatalá
Havana Central at the West End
Photo: (c) tonysavino.com

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