2004-05

  • Lourdes Blanco (b. 1954, Havana): A poet and essayist, Blanco is the author of Genero y santidad, the poem Edén and the play El Tiempo en juego. She has received various fellowships, including a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, a research fellowship from the Social Research Council and a Playwrights in Residence grant from INTAR.  (Cintas for Literature, 2004-2005)

  • Guillermo Cabrera Infante (b. 1929, Gibara-d. 2005, London): Writing as G.Caín, Cabrera Infante first gained fame as the virtuoso film critic for the magazine Carteles, for which he later became news editor. In Havana, he founded Cuba’s Cinemateca and was editor of the literary magazine Lunes de Revolución. In 1962, he traveled to Belgium as cultural attaché, but by 1965, he had abandoned diplomacy and settled permanently in Europe to pursue a literary career that brought him international acclaim. In addition to the short story collectionAsí en la paz como en la guerra and his celebrated novel,Tres Tristes Tigres, Cabrera Infante is the author of Un oficio del siglo XX, a collection of his film reviews;Exorcismos de esti(l)oLa Habana para un infante difuntoVista del amanecer en el trópico and Mea Cuba. He won the Cervantes literary prize in 1997.  (Lifetime Achievement Award, 2004)

  • LUIS GISPERT

    Untitled (Laundry), 2002, Oil on panel with aluminum piece attached Edition 2/6 Fujiflex print, 40” x 72”

    Luis Gispert: (b. 1972, Jersey City, N.J.). Mixing hip-hop iconography and art-historical references, Gispert’s photographs and sculptures have drawn critical acclaim. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Audiello Fine Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, all in New York; the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass., and at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Bologna, Italy, among other venues. He participated in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and, in 2004, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria presented Luis Gispert: Urban Myths Part II (Return of the Hypenaholics), the artist’s first solo New York museum show. He had had previous solo exhibitions in the Berkeley Art Museum in California and at the galleries at Miami-Dade College, Kendall Campus. Gispert has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. (Cintas for art, 2004-2005)

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