SHARING DREAMS EXHIBITION BY CUBAN AND AMERICAN ARTISTS—FIRST TIME SHOWN IN NEW YORK—REVEALS COMMON WISH FOR PEACE
-- Graphic Designers’ Work at Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, This Summer; Two Cubans Denied Visas to U.S. to Attend Museum Reception and Give Artists’ Talks --
FLUSHING, NY, June 18, 2007 -- Americans may be surprised to learn that materials such as books, magazines, and digital art are not covered by the U.S. embargo on Cuban products—leaving Americans and Cubans free to exchange ideas through art and culture.
Laura Llopez, Cuba, 2006
Since 2004, graphic designers in both countries have been exchanging ideas in the liveliest way through an ongoing project called “Shared Dreams” that culminates in the annual International Digital Design Exhibit in Havana. Using visual design and digital technology—the language of artists—as well as their own written commentary, they reach across borders to create dramatic and brilliantly colored posters. From 2004 through 2006, a total of 18 Cuban and 18 U.S. designers participated, producing posters on the themes of “Shared Dreams,” “Dreams of Peace,” and “Love Conquers All.”
Now, all 36 original posters will be on display in Sharing Dreams: Cuban and American Graphic Designers Across the Digital Divide, at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, in Flushing from June 25 through September 16. The work demonstrates that Cubans and Americans think surprisingly alike when it comes to peace and security, and the importance of grassroots interaction in building bonds of friendship. This important exhibition, which has traveled to Canada, as well as the West Coast and the Puffin Cultural Foundation in Teaneck, New Jersey, now makes its New York debut.
Andrea Dezso, U.S., 2004
Accompanying the main gallery exhibition will be posters of Cuban cinema and selections of Cuban art recently given by the Lannan Foundation to the Godwin-Ternbach Museum collection.
The renowned Cuban artist, Hector Villaverde, whose work appears in the “Sharing Dreams” exhibition, and Victor Casaus, director of Havana's Cultural Center, have been denied visas by the U.S. under a section of the law that prohibits entry "to any individual whose entry would be detrimental to the interest of the U.S." Mr. Casaus has traveled to America at least nine times in the past decade. Both were scheduled to deliver an artists' talk on Wednesday, July 18. They also planned to attend the free evening of music and dancing on Wednesday, July 11.
The public is invited to attend this July 11 event, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, where they can enjoy traditional Cuban music by YeraSon. This New York-based Cuban orchestra integrates many diverse styles of Latin American music into its repertoire, from South American cumibas to meringue. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet artists with works in the Sharing Dreams exhibition such as Yoana Yelin, a recent émigré from Cuba, and Carole Goodman, a Queens College art professor and graphic designer.
Below are additional public programs related to the exhibition:
Wednesday, June 27, 12:15 pm
Klapper Hall, Room 401
An illustrated lecture by Anna Indych-López, City College of New York, CUNY, on “The Golden Age of Cuban Posters, 1960s–1980s”
Wednesday, July 25, 12:15 pm
Cuban graphic designer Yoana Yelin will discuss her experience participating in the Sharing Dreams exhibition.
The exhibition and programs are made possible by the generous funding of the Fundación Amistad. Additional support has been provided by Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts and Office of the President, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Friends of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.
Sharing Dreams can be viewed from Monday through Thursday and on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Please note that the museum, located in Klapper Hall, Room 405, is not open on holidays and when the college is closed. Admission is free. For directions to Queens College, please visit: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php
For further information about Sharing Dreams and public lectures and tours associated with this exhibition, call (718) 997-4747 or visit www.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach.
More information on the Shared Dreams project is also available at:
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is the only comprehensive collection of art and artifacts in the borough of Queens, housing over 3,500 objects that date from ancient to modern times. The mission of the GTM has grown over time from serving as a teaching museum for the benefit of art and art history students to embracing all disciplines and an increasingly diverse and engaged community. All exhibitions are free, as are their related lectures, symposia, gallery talks, workshops, films, concerts, and tours.