ICI’s newest public program series, Third Tuesday, kicks off on September 20 with a talk by Yandro Miralles, an independent curator, who has worked with institutions such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba, the Cuban National Ballet, as well as the Cuban Artists Fund, where he is currently the Curator in Residence. Third Tuesday offers opportunities for curators in the process of exhibition and research development to discuss their findings with peers, refining and aiding their thinking.
Miralles will be speaking of his experience with his recent exhibition of Cuban contemporary art in New York, Cuban Visions. Part of the Si Cuba Festival in May 2011, it was presented at the Metropolitan Pavilion and presented the varied, and often dissimilar aesthetic and ideological positions taken by artists based in Cuba. Exposing the curatorial decisions made to navigate strong cultural traditions and deconstructed historical narratives, Miralles will reflect on the complexities in conveying what is “Cuban” beyond the political or national qualities of the project.
Yandro Miralles graduated in Art History from the University of Havana in 2006, and completed postgraduate studies in Museology and Museography in the UNESCO Department on Sciences for the Comprehensive Preservation of Cultural Property at the National Center for Preservation, Restoration and Museology in Cuba (CENCREM). He was Professor of Art History at the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Havana. Miralles has organized exhibitions for various institutions such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Cuban National Ballet, the National Museum of Dance, the National Museum of Decorative Arts, the Cuban Photographic Library, and the Servando Cabrera Moreno Museum and Library, all in Cuba, as well as for the Cuban Artists Fund, Magnan Metz Gallery, Chashama 217 Gallery and the Metropolitan Pavilion, in New York City. He also participated in the organization of various events like the Havana International Ballet Festival, the International New Latin American Film Festival in Havana and the Havana Biennial, among others. He has offered lectures and published various texts in specialized magazines and other publications on Cuban contemporary art. He is currently the Curator in Residence of the Cuban Artists Fund.