“Diogenes” in Havana

In Miami: Kcho, Objectos soñados, 2005 Courtesy Pan American Art Projects

HAVANA, Feb. 9th Ji, Ji, Ji in Havana. Last week saw the opening of Ji, Ji, Ji (Apóstrofe), a solo exhibition by Luis Gómez at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Featuring photography, installation art, video installation, and graffiti, the show reflects the playful and at times intentionally baffling approach that Gómez, a professor at ISA, sometimes takes toward the viewer. The show remains on view at the museum through April 10.

Installation view of Diógenes y la luz at Factoría Habana Courtesy Factoría Habana

And Diógenes. José Ángel Toirac and Octavio Marín use light as a thematic thread for artworks that explore notions of truth and honesty in social, political, and religious contexts. Taking the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes as its inspiration, Diógenes y la luz fills the three floors of Factoría Habana with installations and other pieces by both artists. On view through April 30.

Courtesy Galería Artis 718

Tomorrow: Penetraciónes. At Galería Artis 718 in Miramar, Frank Martínez: Penetraciónes presents a selection of recent works by the artist. Martínez appropriates well-known images and iconography, juxtaposing them to reveal the contradictions and absurdities of contemporary culture. The show opens tomorrow evening with a 7 p.m. reception.

Closing this weekend: Fashion Art Havana. Manuel Mendive, Eduardo Abela, and Cuty (Gustavo Echevarría) are among the artists who turned clothing into canvases for their art in this exhibition at the Galería Orígines in the Gran Teátro de la Habana Alicia Alonso.

The Havana installation is the latest in a series of global “Fashion Art” exhibitions organized by Spanish designer Manuel Fernández. Even actor Jorge Perugorría has a piece in the show—a dress with a graphic, black-and-white design. On view through this Saturday, February 11.

Call for entries. Post-it 4 is coming this fall, and the call for entries has gone out. Artists on the island under the age of 35 may submit work for consideration from June 5 through June 30. Selections will be announced in August, and the show will open in September. More information here.
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