Cuban Art Expert to Speak at the New Mexico Museum of Art

Information for our members – we recently learned of the following lecture:

One of Cuba’s leading art experts will present a free public lecture in the St. Francis Auditorium of the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday evening, November 5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Helmo Hernandez, who is president of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, will discuss the origins and current developments in Cuban contemporary art.

“Helmo is a remarkable individual and an authority on Cuban art and the struggles of the Cuban Art community as it continues to be a powerful force in the global art scene,” said Stuart Ashman, Secretary of the state Department of Cultural Affairs and a native of Cuba. “His talk will be enlightening as he discusses a vibrant artistic community that is not well known in this country.”

The Ludwig Foundation was established in 1995 as an autonomous, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization for the protection, preservation and promotion of the work of Cuban contemporary artists both within Cuba and abroad. Hernandez has been president of the foundation since its creation.

Hernandez has lectured at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, Marymount College, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont and numerous other institutions in the United States and Europe.

Hernandez’s lecture in Santa Fe is funded by a grant form the Eugene V. and Claire Thaw Charitable Trust, along with additional support from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

“The New Mexico Museum of Art is delighted to host Mr. Hernandez, and the timing is wonderful,” said museum director Mary Kershaw. “Helmo’s lecture will be an excellent precursor to the museum’s next show, ‘Case Studies from the Bureau of Contemporary Art,’ which will include the work of three Cuban artists among the 40-plus artists who will be represented.

The Helmo Hernandez lecture is free and open to the public. There will be an intermission with light refreshments served