‘Arte Cubano’ Opens Aug. 24 at Crisp Museum


“Arte Cubano,” an exhibit celebrating Cuban art, opens Aug. 24 at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

An opening reception will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 7. During the reception, patrons can enjoy a taste of Cuba with appetizers influenced by spices and techniques from Spain, Africa and the Caribbean. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 28, and admission is free.

The exhibit highlights a universally agreed-upon characteristic of the island’s art: an incredible diversity. Cuban art is so rich in large part because of its diverse cultural blend of African, European, and Latin/Caribbean influences. Add to these traditional roots the revolution of 1959, and Cuban art occupies a unique aesthetic place in the contemporary art world.

“The museum is thrilled to be able to host an exhibition for our students and community that features the art of several prominent Cuban artists,” said Jim Phillips, museum manager and senior curator. “It is exciting that visitors will have access to an amazing exhibit right here in Cape Girardeau.”

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and as a program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid America Arts Alliance with Missouri Arts Council and the National Endowments for the Arts.

In connection with the exhibit, the Museum will host a series of events celebrating Cuban history and culture:

Sept. 28, 6 p.m.: Free Screening of “Buena Vista Social Club” and Panel Dicusion

The documentary film, “Buena Vista Social Club,” directed by Wim Wenders, follows the journey of Ry Cooder through Cuba on a quest to rediscover a group of musicians to tell their story, film their performances together and capture the music of the island.

A panel of Southeast faculty and staff will discuss the Cuban artists.

Oct. 5, 7 p.m.: Music Concert

Department of Music students and faculty led by Dr. Gabrielle Baffoni, assistant professor of single reeds, and Dr. Robert Fruehwald, professor of composition, will perform music by Cuban composers and music inspired by Cuba’s vibrant culture.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.