Following successful exhibitions at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2010 and the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, in 2014, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Watch Hill Foundation are pleased to announce that 149 Afro-Cuban art works by 38 Cuban artists of the von Christierson Collection, will be exhibited at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, from July 28th to October 2nd, 2017.
The Collection and the Exhibition Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art have been curated by eminent Cuban art critic, curator and researcher in Afro-Cuban ritual arts, Orlando Hernández. It will be the first exhibition of its kind and scope to be staged in Cuba.
A Program of Events related the Exhibition will take place during the opening week at which renowned academics in the ﬁelds of African and Afro-American art will lecture and converse on the topics and themes of the Exhibition. Those participating will include:
- Professor Robert Farris Thompson, Professor of History of Art at Yale University.
- Professor Charles Daniel Dawson, Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.
- Professor Henry John Drewal, Department of Art History and Afro-American Studies at Winsconsin-Madison University.
- Professor Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz, Leverhulme Fellow in African Studies at Oxford University.