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Video Cubano to Open at TCNJ Art Gallery October 23

The College of New Jersey is pleased to present Video Cubano, an exhibition of 22 videos created by Cuban artists during the past ten years, many of which have never before been presented to an audience in the United States. The exhibition, which will be on view in TCNJ’s Art Gallery from October 23 through December 15, is a project of The 8th Floor, a private exhibition and event space in New York City established to promote cultural and philanthropic initiatives. Video Cubano is curated by Rachel Perera Weingeist, Senior Advisor to the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. As collectors of Cuban art, Mr. and Mrs. Rubin are dedicated to providing opportunities for artists, as well as preserving the rich culture of the island. Serving as faculty curator at The College of New Jersey is Dr. Lois Fichner-Rathus, Professor of Art History.

The artworks presented in Video Cubano explore a dynamic worldview through a lens of Cuban culture. Artist in the exhibition include: Jeosviel Abstengo-Chaviano, Analia Amaya, Alexandre Arrechea, Adonis Flores, Amilkar Feria Flores, Luis Garciga, Ricardo Miguel Hernandez, Hamlet Lavastida, Ernesto Leal, Glenda León, Duniesky Martín, Geandy Pavόn, Sandra Ramos, Javier Castro Rivera, Lázaro Saavedra, José Toirac, and Yoxi Velázquez.

Hamlet Lavastida (b. 1983), Reflexión, 2009. DVD 3:05, courtesy the artist and The 8th Floor.

Hamlet Lavastida (b. 1983), Reflexión, 2009, DVD 3:05, courtesy the artist and The 8th Floor.

The works by these artists, many of whom were born in the 1970s and 80s, present a complex kaleidoscope of the cultural, social, and political life in contemporary Cuba. Many videos examine particular aspects of daily life in Cuba, including the cityscape, baseball, ballet, political propaganda, and the military, while other videos explore universal themes of identity, self-imagery, perseverance, and survival.

The exhibition will be on view in the TCNJ Art Gallery in the Art and Interactive Multimedia (AIMM) Building through December 15, 2013.