Monday, September 27, 2010

Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art, Mattress Factory Pittsburgh PA

Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art

Curated by Alejandro de la Fuente & Elio Rodriguez Valdés

October 15, 2010 - February 27, 2011


Alejandro de la Fuente is UCIS Research Professor of History and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His work on slavery and race relations in Cuba and Latin America has been published in Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Portuguese. He is the author of A Nation for All: Race, Inequality and Politics in Twentieth Century Cuba (UNC Press, 2001) and of Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century (UNC Press, 2008).

Elio Rodríguez Valdés is a Cuban artist whose work explores the intersections of race, gender, nationalism, and globalization. His work, which has been showcased in numerous collective and solo exhibits in Cuba, Spain, the United States, Belgium, Great Britain, Brazil, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and Israel, is part of museum and private collections around the world.

Project Website.

Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

more info here at the Mattress Factory website.


ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION Thursday, October 14, 2010 12:00PM-2:00PM Wesley W. Posvar Hall 230 S. Bouquet St, University of Pittsburgh
In this roundtable, several of the artists participating in the art exhibit Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art discuss their participation in this project and issues of race and culture in contemporary Cuba. Made possible by The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Free.

EXHIBITION OPENING Friday, October 15, 2010 6:00PM-9:00PM
Join the Mattress Factory for the opening reception of Queloides. $10 (MF Members Free/Pitt & CMU students free with I.D.)

Saturday, October 16, 2010 1:00PM-4:00PM
Teachers have the opportunity to view and tour Queloides, hear co-curator Alejandro de la Fuente speak about the process of organizing this show, and meet resident artists before they head back to Cuba. Pre-registration required. Call the Mattress Factory at 412.231.3169 for details. Act 48 hours available. Free.

FOUR-PART TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP October 21 & 28, November 4 & 11 Thursday Evenings 4:30PM-8:30PM
Participate in a hands-on, inquiry-based exploration of the art, artists, history, and contemporary politics of Cuba. Throughout this four-part workshop, participants will meet co-curator Alejandro de la Fuente, work with Cuban artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons, develop lesson plans, and further their personal and academic understanding of Cuban life and art. Pre-registration required. Call MF for details. Act 48 hours available. $35; includes dinner.

FILM: EAST OF HAVANA Thursday, October 21, 2010 Doors Open at 6:00PM Director Introduction & Film begin at 7:00PM
Written and directed by Jauretsi Saizarbitoria and Emilia Menocal, East of Havana is a close-up look at the lives of three young rappers compelled to address their generation’s future from the confines of a Cuban ghetto. Made possible by The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Free.

HIP-HOP PERFORMANCE: SOANDRY Saturday, October 23, 2010 The New Hazlett Theater Allegheny Square East 7:00PM-10:00PM Doors Open at 7:00PM Performance begins at 8:00PM
Cuban hip-hop artist Soandry, formerly of the duo “Hermanos de Causa”, performs for the first time in the United at the New Hazlett Theater. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn the stories of the struggles and the triumphs of a Cuban rapper. $12, MF Members plus one guest Free, Pitt & CMU students with I.D. $9 at the foor. Tickets available:

Join the center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh for a Cuban film series. All the films will be screened at 6:30pm at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium – University of Pittsburgh, except for East of Havana on Oct. 21 at the Mattress Factory. The day of the screening changes from week to week due to the availability of the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. For a schedule of films and dates visit Free.

MATTRESS FACTORY FAMILY DAY Friday, November 26, 2010 11:00AM-4:00PM
Hands-on activities & drop-in guided tours for the entire family! Free with museum admission.


Thursday, December 2, 2010 7:00PM - Performance 8:00PM - Discussion with Panelists
Guillermo Gomez-Pena is a performance artist, writer, activist, and educator. He has pioneered multiple media, including performance art, experimental radio, video, performance photography and installation art. $10 (MF Members Free/Pitt & CMU students free with I.D.)

Thursday, February 3, 2011 6:00PM - Tour of Queloides 7:00PM - Discussion
Join Dr. Robert Thompson in a discussion about the history of art in the Afro-Atlantic world. His first book, Black Gods and Kings, was a close iconographic reading of the art history of the forty million Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. $10 (MF Members Free/Pitt & CMU students free with I.D.)

GROUP TOURS Tuesday - Sundays, during museum hours Book group tours of Queloides! Contact for more information or visit

ARTLAB Every third Saturday of the Month 1:00PM-4:00PM
Drop by the MF lobby to participate in hands-on activities related to the art and artists of Queloides. Free with museum admission.


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