The Ignatian Center for the Arts
cordially invites you to
the opening reception of

The infinite lightness
of being

A tribute to La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

Curated by Janet Batet

José Bedia, Consuelo Castañeda, Tomás Esson, Glexis Novoa, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Ciro Quintana, Leandro Soto, Tomás Sánchez y Rubén Torre-Llorca, among others

on Tuesday February 26, 7:30 pm
at Belen Jesuit (Colegio Belén)

Olga M. and Carlos Saladrigas Gallery
500 SW 127th Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33184

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José Bedia, Letra mala en la consulta, 2013. Oil on canvas, 36 x 122 in.

February 26 to March 26

Cuban artists salute Cachita.

Emblematic Cuban artists such as José Bedia, Consuelo Castañeda, Tomás Esson, Glexis Novoa, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Ciro Quintana, Leandro Soto, Tomás Sánchez y Rubén Torres-Llorca, among others, get together in this collective show that renders tribute to the Cuban Saint Patroness and celebrates the outstanding production of Cuban contemporary artists working outside the island.

Without doubt, La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre is one of the archetypes that better embodies the Cuban identity. The popularity of its cult and long-lasting tradition dating back from the beginning of the 17th century is closely associated with faith and fate. Some Cubans refer to La Virgen de la Caridad affectionately as “Caridad” o “Cachita”, indicating the intimate relationship with this familiar deity present in their daily lives, which linked to the most crucial events in Cuban history, stands as major icon of conciliation surpassing ideological, social and racial differences.

Since its first appearance in the Bay of Nipe, the venerated Madonna has been associated with protection in fateful periods. It is no coincidence that the successive waves of Cuban immigrants have embraced the virgin as ultimate protection in the extremis transition and, later, as the suitable repository of the surviving Cuban identity beyond the sea.

 

Tomás Sánchez, Untitled, 1978. Mixed media on cardboard, 10 x 13 in. Raúl E. Hernández Collection
Tomás Sánchez, Untitled, 1978. Mixed media on cardboard, 10 x 13 in.
Raúl E. Hernández Collection

“As a curator –explains Janet Batet– the Virgin of Charity quickly emerged to me as a symbol of unity of the sustained endeavor of different generations of Cuban artists that have played a key role in the Cuban contemporary art and today continue their careers outside the island.”

Cachita: The infinite lightness of being renders tribute to the Cuban Saint Patroness and celebrates the outstanding production of Cuban contemporary artists working outside the island.

The exhibition includes works by José Bedia, César Beltrán, Carlos Caballero, Ariel Cabrera, Margarita Cano, Consuelo Castañeda, Tomás Esson, Ahmed Gómez, Ismael Gómez Peraza, Glexis Novoa, Carlos Rodriguez Cárdenas, Eduardo Michaelsen, Ángel R. Vapor, Ciro Quintana, Rodolfo Peraza, Leandro Soto, Tomás Sánchez and Rubén Torres-Llorca. 

Tomás Esson, La Caridad, 2010, Oil on mixed media, 20 x 16 in. Alexandrart Art Collection
Tomás Esson, La Caridad, 2010, Oil on mixed media, 20 x 16 in. Alexandrart Art Collection

The infinite lightness of being

The Olga M. and Carlos Saladrigas Gallery,
at the Ignatian Center for the Arts
500 S.W. 127th Ave. Miami, Florida 33184

Hours:
Monday to Friday 2:30 – 5 pm

Contact press: Janet Batet
Jbatet@hotmail.com
786 378 0828

 

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