Can you imagine "art" in Castro's Cuba? I wonder who buys it, Raoul or Fidel? Well, according to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, art in Cuba "begs to be studied". I wonder what happens if the art happens to offend someone with a vested interest in Cuba's "social revolution"? The following course description certainly indicates that Castro has nothing to fear from the Art Institute of Chicago. I got this by typing the word "cubanidad" into google.com. This came out along with 1100 other hits. This word "cubanidad" is central to Cuba's future and unlike The Art Institute of Chicago, I do not believe that Cuba "reinvented" itself. If anybody did any reinvention, it was Fidel Castro with a little Soviet adult supervision. Anyway, the following is simply another example of how America's academia is allergic to all criticism of Fidel...
CUBANIDAD!: Art, Race & Revolution
Dates: January 3 to 17, 2003
The island nation of Cuba has reinvented itself for more than 150 years. Moving from a nationalist revolution to a socialist one in 1959/60. Cuba unleashed one of the most intriguing artistic trajectories in modern times. From Mambo and Santeria to Wilfredo Lam and Tomás Gutierrez Alea, Cuba has pushed a dialectic on politics and art that begs to be studied.
This course examines Cubanidad in art and film, but through the lenses of race and revolution. Cuba has found sanctuary in its African heritage yet racial prejudice continues. Students will explore this racial acceptance / rejection dichotomy in art and film and grapple with the impact of globalism on race and art today.
Similarly, students will be asked to think about what the Cuban revolution has meant to film. Cuba has been at the forefront of articulating the movement known as 3rd Cinema; a cinema devoted to the historical experience of Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean and has one of the most respected film schools in the world.
Students will have the opportunity to explore all of these issues with Cuban artists, filmmakers and students. We will travel from Chicago to Havana and from there take excursions to several towns and cities.
Chris Bratton, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Lisa Brock, Liberal Arts Department
Credits: 3 Studio and/or 3 Liberal Arts
Program fee: $2,300 including airfare and meals
Tuition cost per credit: UG$750; Grad$840
Thursday, September 19 at 12:10 p.m. in 112 Michigan, room 617
Wednesday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m. in 112 S. Michigan, room 707