Wild Noise: The Most Extensive Visual Arts Exchange Between Cuba and The United States in Over 50 Years Coming To The Bronx Museum

Holly Block, Executive Director of The Bronx Museum, sent out a revised message this morning regarding The MAJOR art exchange between Cuba and The United States which will happen right here in The Bronx. It is the MOST extensive artistic experience of its kind between to the two countries in over 50 years and we couldn’t be happier that it’s happening right here in our own backyard.

Check out the full announcement:

Message from the Executive Director


Wild Noise: Artwork from The Bronx Museum of the Arts and El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) will represent the most extensive visual arts exchange between Cuba and the United States in more than 50 years, and includes major exhibitions at MNBA and the Bronx Museum; an artist exchange; a teen exchange program; a series of educational and public programs; and the creation of a dual-language publication that extends the impact of Wild Noise beyond the audiences that participate directly in the initiative. The exhibition coincides with the 12th Havana Biennial, running from May 21 – August 16, 2015. We are delighted to share the opening of Wild Noise with over sixty Museum supporters that are traveling to Havana to see the show. The project continues when the works from MNBA will be showcased at the Bronx Museum in 2016.

The Bronx Museum Teen Exchange with United States and Cuba
The Bronx Museum of the Arts and El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes are collaborating on a teen art exchange as part of the Wild Noise exhibition. This program is inspired by the Venice Biennale 2013 teen exchange between the Bronx Museum Teen Council and a group of students working with the Guggenheim in Venice. This is a two year project whose purpose is to connect teens from the Bronx with teens in Havana using art, inquiry and dialogue. The finished products will be two collaborative zines and videos.

The Bronx Museum Artist Exchange with United States and Cuba
Each museum has chosen one artist to take part in an international artist exchange to be conducted over a four to six-week period leading up to opening of each exhibition. The artist exchange will begin in 2015 when U.S. artist Mary Mattingly and Cuban artist Humberto Díaz will travel to Havana and the Bronx, respectively, where they will create community-based public programs at each venue.

Saludos desde Cuba!
Holly Block
Executive Director



Bronx Plans Art Exchange With Cuba By Randy Kennedy
January 21, 2015
“The collaboration is another feather in the cap of the relatively tiny Bronx Museum, which in 2013 commissioned the art for the United States pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a complex installation by Sarah Sze.”

As U.S. Reengages With Cuba, Art Museums Make a Trade
January 24, 2015
Interview with Bronx Museum curator Sergio Bessa

Bronx, Cuba Museums to Share Works of Art in Ambitious Program
Art Exchange Will Coincide With the 12th Havana Biennial
January 23, 2015
“The Bronx Museum calls it the most ambitious art exchange between U.S. and Cuban museums in more than 50 years.”


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Image credits top to bottom: Nina Chanel Abney, Your gig is up, 2009; Rigoberto Torres, Daze, 1998, Fiberglass and acrylic on plaster cast; Huma Bhabha, Clifton, 2010; Jamel Shabazz, A time of innocence, 1980; Willie Cole, How Do You Spell America? #2, 1993. Headshot photo taken by Peter Serling
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