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In the Mind's Eye / La Mirada de Quien Contempla: Landscapes of Cuba / Paisajes de Cuba (English/Spanish Bilingual Edition)

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This English/Spanish bilingual volume explores Cuban and U.S. landscape painters largely active from 1850 to 1910 whose portrayals of Cuba reflect political, social, and ideological changes in both countries.

In the Mind's Eye tells many stories about Cuba that reflect the island's significance, both as the place from which Cubans fled, and a destination to which Americans flocked. While the dynamics of the Revolution in 1959 frame many conversations about Cuba, this volume seeks a longer historical trajectory by focusing on the 19th century--with visual interpretations and commentary by 21st-century artists. American artists William Glackens, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and Willard Metcalf are featured alongside contemporary artists including Juan Carlos Alom, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Juana Valdés. Two new interviews with artists Juana Valdés and Carlos Martiel conducted by Donette Francis and Elvia Rosa Castro highlight the importance of contemporary Cuban art.

A ground-breaking exploration of the Cuban landscape in the imagination of American and Cuban artists, In the Mind's Eye opens new avenues of inquiry about the Caribbean island which has played an outsized role in global politics, economics, and culture. For centuries an Edenic image of fantasy and escapism has been projected onto Cuba by observers from North America and Europe. Until recent times, the harsh historical and contemporary realities of servitude, racial strife, and environmental degradation rarely colored artists portrayal of the country, presenting a skewed perspective on this nation.


ISBN-13: 9781913875183

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Giles

Publication Date: 10-11-2022

Pages: 136

Product Dimensions: 11.20h x 9.60w x 0.70d

Amy Galpin is the chief curator, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum-FIU, Miami.

Katherine Manthorne is professor of Art of the United States, Latin America, and Their Cross-Currents, 1750-1950 and deputy executive officer, the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Jorge Duany is director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. Dr. Duany has written extensively on Cuban and Caribbean migration, ethnicity, race, nationalism, and transnationalism. He has published twenty-two books, including Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora (2019).