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New York City to Celebrate Cuban Culture with Contemporary Cuban Art Exhibition
Sandra Ramos. NY Lights. 2010. Charcoal and acrilic on digital print canvas. 35 x 51 inches. Collection of the artist.

NEW YORK, NY.- Cuban Visions is a contemporary Cuban art exhibition that will open to the public from May 27 through June 1, 2011 during a citywide celebration of the Cuban culture in New York City.

Cuban Visions aims to present Cuban culture and reality through contemporary art that transcends political differences, updates cultural traditions, and deconstructs historical narratives to create new dialogue between prominent Cuban artists and Americans interested in a deeper understanding of Cuban life.

Cuban Visions has invited 26 contemporary Cuban artists to be part of the exhibition and sale. There will more than 50 artworks including installation, photography, painting, video, sculpture, engraving, and drawing.

Featured artists include: Juan Carlos Alom, Belkis Ayón, Luis Enrique Camejo, Raúl Cordero, Carlos Estévez, Antonio Eligio Fernández (Tonel), Adonis Flores, José Manuel Fors, José Emilio Fuentes, Aimee García, Rocío García, Glenda León, Reynier Leyva Novo, Jorge Luis Marrero, Cirenaica Moreira, René Peña, Marta María Pérez, Eduardo Ponjuan, Ángel Ramírez, Sandra Ramos, René Francisco Rodríguez, Esterio Segura, José Ángel Toirac y Meira Marrero, and José Ángel Vincench.

Cuban Visions is being hosted by New Yorker, Alan Boss, President of Metropolitan Pavilion, and curated by Cuban natives Mailyn Machado and Yandro Miralles.

Cuban aficionado Alan Boss is a collector of original Cuban art, music and books. As a teenager, Boss first fell in love with Cuban art and culture in the summer of ‘59 when he swooned to the sounds of a Cuban band at the Catskills resort where he worked. Alan has since traveled to the Caribbean island many times and has been involved with various Cuba-related projects. In 1998 (released in 2002) Boss co-produced Bette Wanderman’s, A Cuban Legend: The Story Salvador González, about a visionary artist whose mural work, music, and choreography transformed a run-down Havana neighborhood into a world-renowned outdoor art and performance space. In 1996-1997 Boss lent original music from his record collection and was the eminent consultant on the boxed-set CD retrospective on Cuban music, I Am Time, which was nominated for a 1997 GRAMMY® Award for Best Historical Album and Best Recording Package.

Other projects have included working on the documentary Una Harley Recorre la Habana, by Juan Carlos Alom on Havana’s vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles; and re-producing the limited edition lithograph, Panorama de la Habana, Vista tomada desde Regla—a sepia-toned work by Ed Willmann requiring 22 pieces of film and extensive technical work, to best recreate the integrity of the original engraving that was created for the Universelle des Beaux-Arts in Paris, 1855.

In 1991 Boss founded Metropolitan Pavilion, a renowned event space centrally located in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. Metropolitan Pavilion has been host to numerous Cuban art projects including an exhibition of the work of Lester Campa, a showcase of 17 Cuban artists exhibiting Santeria-inspired art titled Maferefún Cuba with performances by El Grupo Afrocuba de Mantanzas, an exhibit of the watercolors of Jorge Duporte for the opening night celebration for the 8th Annual Havana Film Festival with Cuban film star Jorge Perrugorria, and the 35th Anniversary Party for the Center for Cuban Studies with Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte.

Boss also founded the world renowned Annex Flea Markets in Chelsea including the Antiques Garage and the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Boss lives in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife Helene. They have three children, Julien, Sofia and Garret.

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