Carriage Barn Arts Center will show works by emerging and established Cuban artists in the exhibition "Absolut Kuba! opening Thursday, April 24.
The exhibition's opening reception will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the arts center, Waveny Park, New Canaan. The exhibition will be on view through June 1.
The show highlights pieces from the private collection of Greenwich residents Terri and Steven Certilman. The Certilmans have acquired the collection of contemporary Cuban art for more than a decade. Through their online gallery, Discoveries in Art LLC, the couple sources pieces directly from the artists during travels to Cuba to promote the country's artistic talent.
"The unique political, social and economic conditions in Cuba have combined to catalyze what may be the world's highest concentration of artistic talent," Steven Certilman, the c0-curator, said. "Their works are as diverse as the country's rich cultural heritage. It is said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. Art is the window to the Cuban soul."
Steven Certilman will discuss the exhibition in a lecture Saturday, May 10.
The painting and sculpture in the show explores Cuban identity and its diverse cultural heritage, the political climate and its backdrop of geographical isolation and emigration.
"This exhibition presents an exciting and unique opportunity for the Carriage Barn Arts Center to highlight and promote the work of highly talented Cuban artists and to educate the community about what it means to be Cuban on multiple levels," Arianne Faber Kolb, one of the center's co-directors and co-curator of the show, said. "With this in mind, we are hosting the exhibiting artist Hector Frank, who is traveling from Havana to the U.S. for the first time to attend the opening."
In conjunction with "Absolut Kuba!" the Carriage Barn Arts Center will host its inaugural benefit, "A Night in Havana" Saturday, May 17. It will feature Cuban food, cocktails, a silent auction and music by Manchado, an Afro-Latin jazz band comprised of local musicians who have played with the Allman Brothers, John Scofield, Deep Banana Blackout and Martin Sexton.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets for the gala are available for purchase by visiting www.carriagebarn.org. For information, call 203-972-1895.