The Lowe Art Museum lowers the boom on the frantic citywide December art flurry with a pair of roundhouse combinations delivering stunning Afro-Cuban art and a knockout selection of works from one of Americas oldest art schools. AfroCuba: Works on Paper, 1968-2003 features more than 60 prints and drawings by 26 artists from Havana and Santiago de Cuba, marking the first time these artists have been grouped together in a major exhibit off the island. The groundbreaking show includes a broad range of subject matter and styles that underscore Cubas deep African roots, the influence of Afro-Cuban religious imagery on that nations culture, and reflections on Cuban politics and race as well as social relations today.
The Art Students League of New York, Highlights from the Permanent Collection exhibit weighs in with a walloping 75 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures by the storied institutions heavyweights who have left an indelible mark on 20th-century American art. Both shows open today and run through February 3 at the Lowe.
Dec. 15-Feb. 3, 2007