Smart Museum of Art, Chicago , 08/25/19 - 08/25/19

Exhibition: Cross Currents/Intercambio Cultural

Exploring how issues of Latin American and Latinx identity are manifested 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. Participating artists include: Alberto Aguilar (American), Carlos Barberena (Nicaraguan), Dianna Frid (Mexican/American), Rodrigo Lara Zendejas (Mexican), Harold Mendez (American), and Edra Soto (Puerto Rican), all based in Chicago; plus Havana-based Cuban artists Humberto DiazSusana PilarDouglas PérezAlejandro GonzálezCelia-Yunior, and Requer.

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