Library Showcases Cuban Art

Mar 26, 2018

The work of five artists from Cuba will be on display April 16-21 in the third-floor gallery at Manderino Library.

Cuban Art

The public is welcome to join Cal U students, faculty and staff at the free exhibition, which features works by artists Yamiliany Morales Ferras, Dayron Simon, Jesus Gastell, Duhamel Xolot and Jose Luis Cabrera Restoy.

Special presentations on April 17 will put the artwork into context, with a panel discussion by several artists and a talk on human rights and genocide in Latin America by Dr. John Cencich, an international war crimes investigator and a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice.

Christine Frechard, who owns an art gallery in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, also will be on hand April 17.

"Frechard went to Cuba last summer and was thrilled by the art scene," said Andrea Cencich, a friend of the French gallery owner and an instructor in the Department of Art and Languages.

"She met a few artists in Havana and Soroa, and she became enthusiastic about bringing their art and the artists to the Pittsburgh area, to give them an opportunity to be represented outside of Cuba."

The Cub'Art exhibition also can be seen at the Christine Frechard Gallery, and an opening reception is planned at G1 Gallery, in Pittsburgh.

The campus event is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Art and Languages Department; co-sponsors are Manderino Library, the Criminal Justice Department, the international studies program and the College of Liberal Arts.

Organizers of the "Cuban Art" events at Cal U include Andrea Cencich; Sabrina Hykes-Davis, of the Music and Theatre Department; and Monica Ruane Rogers, of the Library Services Department.

When to visit
"Cuban Art" will be on public display April 16-21 during regular Manderino Library hours: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Pay-by-meter parking is available in Lot 10 and Lot 17.

On April 17, students from five area high schools will meet the artists and attend a panel discussion with the artists and a talk on human rights from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The public may join Cal U students, faculty and staff to hear the panel discussion and human rights presentation at 2 p.m. April 17. Admission is free. Pay-by-meter parking for visitors is available in campus parking lots 10 and 17.

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