Cuba Culture

Cuban art, music and culture course at Museum Fine Arts Boston

Posted September 22, 2011 by publisher in Cuba Culture.

CUBA Time, Art, and Movement is the name of this new and unique short course at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.

Explore Cuba’s music, literature, art, and religions revealing a rich dialogue with Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the US.

This three week course is offered on the Tuesday mornings of October 4, 11 and 18 from 10:30am to noon in the Remis Auditorium or on the Thursday evenings of October 6, 13 and 20 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Alfond Auditorium.

Rebecca Norris Webb’s 2008 photograph, Havana.


Alan West-Duran is the associate professor at Northeastern University. He will be teaching the first and third sessions.

Michelle Wojcik is the gallery director of Galeria Cubana of Boston and Provincetown.

First Session - Cuba’s History and Culture through Film

Using the island’s innovative films, explore Cuba’s cultural history from colonial times through the revolutionary to the present. Classic films like Lucia, La Bella del Alhambra, and Life is to Whistle guide us through the intricacies of Cuban religion, culture, and politics.

Second Session - The Art of Cuba

See Cuba through the eyes of American artists Alex and Rebecca Webb in “violet isle”. Cuba’s Hispanic and African heritage, forms of spirituality, global influences, and geopolitical status contribute to the production of artwork unlike any other. Explore the island’s vibrant artistic and photographic traditions through works by Cuban icons such as Wifredo Lam and Amelia Pelaez, and those by contemporary artists such as Eduardo Roca “Choco” and Pedro Pablo Olivia.

Third Session - A Resonant Rum for the Ears: Cuba’s Music

Explore the vast trove of Cuba’s musical heritage, from the stately danzon, to Afro-Cuban jazz, to contemporary dance music like timba (or salsa). Examine Cuba’s music as the island’s memory and living history. You’ll be dancing in the aisles.

Revel in Cuba’s unparalleled contemporary cultural creativity with the director of Boston’s Galeria Cubana Michelle A. Wojcik and Cuban-born associate professor of Northeastern University Alan West-Durán for lectures on “Cuba’s History and Culture Through Film,” “The Art of Cuba,” and “A Resonant Rum for the Ears: Cuba’s Music.

Tickets and Information

Tickets for the three session course is $60 for MFA members, seniors and students. The price is $75 for nonmembers. Individual sessions are $25 and $35.

More information and tickets are available online for the Cuba course CUBA: Time, Art and Movement or call 800-440-6975

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