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New museum exhibit explores history, culture of Cuba

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 | Posted by | no responses

Visitors to the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will find themselves transported to Cuba, with a new exhibit showcasing the Sarah and Darius Anderson collection.

“Underwater Kingdom” by Franklin Alvarez

“Revolutionary Island: Tales of Cuban History and Culture” opens with a members’ preview at 5  p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. The public can view the exhibit from Saturday, Jan. 19, through March 24, with several special programs planned.

“Nothing in Cuba is what it appears,” says Darius Anderson, who has made numerous visits to the island during the past 25-plus years.

“Its history includes stories of great riches, heartbreaking poverty, battling ideologies, respect and love of the arts,” he says. “Most importantly, it is a history that is steeped in sugar, rum, tobacco and baseball – all my favorite vices.”

The exhibit includes paintings, sculptures, humidors and more. It features the work of such notable Cuban artists as Rene Francisco, Esterio Segura and Ruben Alpizar, and musician Carlos Valera.

The following are among the special events planned during the exhibition:

“Revolutionary Island Artist Roundtable” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, with some of today’s most significant Cuban artists discussing the art, people and culture of their country with collector Darius Anderson. The fee is $20.

“Pinocchio with Rope” by Esterio Segura

“Art, Baseball, Rum, Tobacco and other Vices” at 2 p.m. Jan. 26, with Sarah and Darius Anderson sharing their passion for all things Cuban. They’ll discuss their life as art collectors in a conversation with Kate Eilertsen, the museum’s executive director. The fee is $12.

“An Afternoon with Teofilo Ruiz” at 2 p.m. March 23. Ruiz, a Cuban UCLA history professor and recent recipient of the National Humanities Medal, will discuss his involvement in the Cuban Revolution, his imprisonment and subsequent release after the Bay of Pigs invasion and his journey to Miami. The fee is $20.

The museum is located at 551 Broadway, one block south of Sonoma Plaza. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Admission is $5 general, free to museum members and students 18 and younger. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

For more information, visit svma.org or call 939-7862.

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