Dilated Biography: Contemporary Cuban Narratives   

Tuesday, September 10–Saturday, October 19, 2013
Mrs. E Ross Anderson Auditorium + Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery
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Guest curated by Jorge Antonio Fernández Torres, "Dilated Biography: Contemporary Cuban Narratives" is inspired by Cuban poet and artist Severo Sarduy, whose novel "Gestos" explores the idea that biography usually happens before birth and then expands (or dilates). Fernández Torres will bring together 15 contemporary Cuban artists for this exhibition, who come together to examine the story of Cuba, drawing on its past and present and imaging what lies ahead in its future.

"Do not bet on seeing one style, medium, material or process; the focus will be on the individual poetics of each artist," says Fernández Torres. "It would be impossible to delve in to how all the artists—on and off the island—are reflecting on the context of their place within Cuba, so with this exhibition format I simply want to allow the artists to share their experiences and personal stories."

"Dilated Biography" will offer visitors a unique view of Cuban society, culture and art, through the lens of each artist's interpretation of their own histories and biographies.

Alexandre Arrechea, Javier Castro, Felipe Dulzaides, Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy, Luis Gárciga, Luis Gómez, Tony Labat, Dennis Izquierdo, Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Reynier Leyva Novo, Tatiana Mesa Pajan, Eduardo Ponjuan, Wilfredo Prieto, Diana Fonseca Quinones and Grethell Rasúa.

Opening Reception
Monday, September 9, 5–7 pm (SMFA)

SMFA Beckwith Lecture: "The Perversion of Classics: The Anarchy of Narrations"
Tuesday, September 10, 1–2 pm (Alfond Auditorium, MFA*)
Jorge Antonio Fernández Torres discusses the exhibition he curated for the Cuban pavilion At the 2013 Venice Biennale, 55th International Art Exhibition. Established in 1978 by Leo and Betty Beckwith (daughter Carol is an alumna), the Beckwith series was created to further SMFA student development by featuring artists and cultural thinkers of national and international stature.

* Attendees must obtain free tickets from a kiosk or ticket desk at the MFA to gain admittance.

Exhibition hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Thursday, 10 am–8 pm; closed Sundays and holidays. Admission to the exhibition and related events is free.