Jul 11th 2019

Cross Currents / Intercambio Cultural

@ Smart Museum of Art

5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Thursday, July 11th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Thursday, July 11th

Join the Smart Museum of Art and National Museum of Mexican Art for a festive summer opening celebration of the exhibition Cross Currents/Intercambio Cultural.

The outdoor evening get-together features music, exhibition-inspired food, and refreshments, plus a first look at work by Chicago- and Havana-based artists who took part in an artist exchange.

FREE, open to all. Rain or shine.

Cross Currents/Intercambio Cultural (July 11–August 18, 2019) explores how issues of Latin American and Latinx identity and place are manifest in the practices of artists working in Chicago and Havana at a moment of social change and strained political relations between the United States and Cuba.

Cross Currents is the result of an artist exchange organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art. Six Chicago-based artists visited Havana in spring 2017 and six Cuban artists visited Chicago in fall 2017 and summer 2018. The work on view reflects the artists’ experiences and observations as they interacted with each other, curators, cultural spaces, and neighborhoods during their trips. The project aims to open pathways of communication and understanding between the two cities and peer artists while also reflecting on their own artistic practices at this moment in time.

Based in Chicago:
* Alberto Aguilar (b. 1974, Chicago)
* Carlos Barberena (b. 1972, Nicaragua)
* Dianna Frid (b. 1967, Mexico City)
* Rodrigo Lara Zendejas (b. 1981, Toluca, Mexico)
* Harold Mendez (b. 1977, Chicago)
* Edra Soto (b. 1971, San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Based in Havana:
* Humberto Díaz (b. 1975, Cuba)
* Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo (b. 1984, Cuba)
* Douglas Pérez Castro (b. 1972, Cuba)
* Alejandro González (b. 1974, Cuba)
* Celia Irina González Álvarez (b. 1985, Cuba) and Yunior Aguiar Perdomo (b. 1984, Cuba)
* Requer (Renier Quer Figueredo, b. 1983, Cuba)



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