“Mendive’s Manto Blanco Patio Vista” by Peter Vey
75 works/40 artists
Discover the connections between Cuba and Key West as seen through the eyes of their artists.
Sometimes serene and still, sometimes turbulent and perilous, the waters between Havana and Key West bring to mind important passages, and inspire a fascination with what can be discovered on the other side. For decades, Key West artists like Winslow Homer, John James Audubon, Tennessee Williams, Mario Sanchez and Suzie DePoo — and more recently Mike Rooney, Peter Vey, Andy Thurber, Priscilla Coote, and others — have been called to make a connection to Cuba.
Thanks to a groundbreaking cultural exchange, One Race/The Human Race, a lively dialogue between the artists and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Cuba in Havana and Key West began three years ago. Since then, Key West has hosted the work of many of Cuba’s finest artists and a second exhibit of Tennessee Williams was hosted by MNBA.
This summer, many of Cuba’s preeminent artists are featured at The Studios of Key West. Currently included are three who are in the prestigious Venice Biennale. The work of Robert Fabelo, Abel Barroso and Mabel Poblet will be shown here in the Sanger Gallery, alongside the work of several Key West & Cuban artists who have been inspired by the allure of Cuba and Key West.
A special addition to the show is work by Carole A. Feuerman, a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealist sculpture. Feuerman, who currently has a solo show at the Venice Biennale, says, “Swimming and water have fascinated me for as long as I can remember, and as a result, have become the essence of my inspiration for my pieces.”
Made in Havana/Made in Key West opens August 3 and remains on view through September 23.