El 26 de Julio: El Día de Rebeldía Nacional en Cuba

Cubans enjoyed a long weekend this past week in celebration of the national holiday, el Día de Rebeldía Nacional. The national holiday commemorates the anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks led by Fidel Castro on July 26, 1953. The strategic plan to raid the barracks was foiled, and the surviving young rebel combatants wereContinue reading “El 26 de Julio: El Día de Rebeldía Nacional en Cuba”

Cuba entering the 21st Century: Recent Economic Reforms can be seen from the Street

This summer I came to Cuba to research the emergence of non-institutional art spaces in the city of Havana.  As I began to make contact with local artists to discuss where they create, show and sell their art, I quickly discovered that modes of communication had drastically changed since the last time I had studiedContinue reading “Cuba entering the 21st Century: Recent Economic Reforms can be seen from the Street”

The Revolution Recodified Conference: Two Memorable Days of Discussion

On Saturday and Sunday March 16-17, CLACS continued its partnership with the New School of Design to host the symposium, The Revolution Recodified: Digital Culture and the Public Sphere in Cuba. The two-day academic conference— kicked off by an energetic keynote on Friday by Cuban blogger, Yoani Sánchez— brought together academics from around the country,Continue reading “The Revolution Recodified Conference: Two Memorable Days of Discussion”

“What’s Left of Cuba” Colloquium: The Cuban 
Argument With Itself

On Monday, February 25th, CLACS hosted its fourth lecture as part of the Spring 2013 colloquium series, “What’s Left of Cuba? Culture, Politics, and Civil Society.” The lecture, entitled “The Cuban 
Argument With Itself,” was given by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, a Cuban-American playwright and director best known for his play, Blind Mouth Singing, which
was translatedContinue reading ““What’s Left of Cuba” Colloquium: The Cuban 
Argument With Itself”

“What’s Left of Cuba” Colloquium: Coco Fusco

Coco Fusco, Director of Intermedia Initiatives at Parsons Center at The New School for Design, and a well-known New York-based interdisciplinary artist, performer, and writer, visited us here at CLACS on Monday, February 4, to present a lecture entitled “The Symbolic Use of the Plaza of the Revolution by Cuban Artists and Activists” and herContinue reading ““What’s Left of Cuba” Colloquium: Coco Fusco”