Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

September 15 to October 15, 2000
Online exhibition prepared for Hispanic Heritage Month

The papers of Cuban Americans at the Archives of American Art include the primary source material of painters, sculptors, photographers, collectors, dealers, critics, historians, and curators as well as records of several galleries and a museum. This online exhibition was created in an effort to reveal, through primary source documents, the creativity in the lives of five important and influential Cuban artists: Enrique Riverón, Ramón Guerrero, Humberto Dionisio, Arturo Rodríguez and his wife, Demi, and to provide a sampling of the Archives’ Cuban American resources.According to Cuban art historian Giulio V. Blanc:

The Cuban artists of Miami present a mixed bag. Generationally, stylistically, thematically, there is much diversity. It is an art of irony and anxiety, containing anger, resentment and frustration at the regime on the island. It addresses the problems of exile as well: psychological pain at leaving the homeland behind and having to adopt to a new bi-cultural reality, anxiety caused by family divisions, and the pain of nostalgia for the past.

The collections highlighted here were collected under the Latino Art Documentation Project, begun in 1996 to identify and document significant primary source material in the South Florida region. It was developed to identify the artistic production in the area by Cuban artists and to promote scholarship through the broad dissemination of information about our unique sources for the study of Latino and Latin American art.

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and Enrique Riverón

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and Enrique Riverón, 1943

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Miguel Cubiles, Mexico letter to Maria Elena Guerrero, Miami, Fla.

Miguel Cubiles, Mexico letter to Maria Elena Guerrero, Miami, Fla., 1987 Aug. 20

Creator: Miguel Cubiles

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Enrique Riveron with Mario Moreno

Enrique Riveron with Mario Moreno, 194-

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Enrique Riveron with Amelia Pelacz and other Cuban artists

Enrique Riveron with Amelia Pelacz and other Cuban artists, 1947

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Program for Ballet de Camaguey

Program for Ballet de Camaguey, 1981 Sept.

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio, 1986 April 10

Creator: Zaida Ortega Dominguez

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio, 1981 July 3

Creator: Zaida Ortega Dominguez

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio, 1986 April 2

Creator: Zaida Ortega Dominguez

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio, 1986 December 13-24

Creator: Zaida Ortega Dominguez

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio, 1987 March 8

Creator: Zaida Ortega Dominguez

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio

Zaida Ortega Dominguez letter to Humberto Dionisio, 1987 Feb. 7-14

Creator: Zaida Ortega Dominguez

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Arturo Rodríguez painting his mural, The Great Theater of the World

Arturo Rodríguez painting his mural, The Great Theater of the World, ca. 1986

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Detail of Arturo Rodríguez's mural The Great Theater of the World

Detail of Arturo Rodríguez's mural The Great Theater of the World, ca. 1987

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Detail of Arturo Rodríguez's mural The Great Theater of the World

Detail of Arturo Rodríguez's mural The Great Theater of the World, ca. 1986

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Two fish and a dancing girl

Two fish and a dancing girl, 1993

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Riverón En Su Caballo Pinto

Riverón En Su Caballo Pinto, 1958

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Julio de Diego to Enrique Riverón

Julio de Diego to Enrique Riverón, 1935 Sept. 25

Creator: Julio De Diego

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Selecciónes Cubanas: Selections from the Papers of Cuban American Artists at the Archives of American Art

Langston Hughes, Cleveland, Ohio letter to Enrique Riverón, New York, N.Y.

Langston Hughes, Cleveland, Ohio letter to Enrique Riverón, New York, N.Y., 1931 Feb. 24

Creator: Langston Hughes

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Arturo Rodríguez, Demi, David Wojnarowicz and Milke Glier

Arturo Rodríguez, Demi, David Wojnarowicz and Milke Glier, ca. 1986

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