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MoFA Celebrates Cuban Art, Culture, and History with Major Exhibition

Published January 29, 2016

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February 12 – March 27, 2016

The Museum of Fine Arts takes great pride in hosting a major exhibition of works by Cuban artists selected by Guest Curator Segundo Fernandez. Proceeding from works of historical artists to significant artists of today, the exhibition provides a unique cultural experience celebrating Cuban landscape, history, mythos and a rich and varied aesthetic that is as individual as each artist. Over one hundred works from Private Collections in Florida have been organized and assembled through the generosity of Director Ramon Cernuda and his staff at Cernuda Arte for exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Public events

February 22, 2016 – 7-8pm

Juan Martínez, Professor Emeritus of Florida International University, will lecture on the era of Modern Cuban Art.

Location: Fine Arts Building in Lecture Hall (FAB) 249

All exhibitions & receptions are free & open to the public.

February 23, 2016 – 3-5pm

Colloquium addressing the global contexts of Cuban art through the intersections of law, cultural patrimony, the international art trade, and collecting, with a focus on US-Cuban relations in the 20th century. Panelists will include Dr. Michael Carrasco and Dr. Preston McLane of the FSU Department of Art History, Prof. Fernando Tesón of the FSU College of Law, and leading expert on Cuban art Ramón Cernuda, Director and CEO of Cernuda Arte in Coral Gables, Florida.

Location: Museum of Fine Arts

Interpretive offerings for visiting audiences and K-12 school involvement

An education packet for distribution to Leon County and neighboring area art teachers includes information about artists in the exhibition, history and cultural background of Cuban art, and lesson plans that can be used in the classroom. Educators will be invited to use the education packet, visit the museum for a tour, or schedule an outreach visit. This information will be distributed to Leon County public and private school art teachers as well as other arts agencies and organizations and homeschool groups. The packet is available here on MoFA’s website.


The catalogue of exhibition contains essays by Juan Martinez, Professor Emeritus, Florida International University, Paul Niell, Professor of Art History at Florida State University, and Segundo J. Fernandez, Curator, Doctoral Candidate and Attorney at Law. It is available from the Museum of Fine Arts during the exhibition. Contents will be archived on the Google Cultural Institutions site, a global collection of museums, in April, following the exhibition.


MoFA exhibitions are projects sponsored in part through COCA’s Cultural Grant Program funded by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. Cuban Art in the Twentieth Century has been awarded a Florida State University Arts & Humanities Grant from the Council on Research & Creativity. The Museum is a University Partner in the 2016 Opening Nights Festival.

Dates & Hours: M-F 9am – 4pm; Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 4 pm both days, but closed March 5 and 12.  The museum is also open before the lecture of Dr. Martinez and viewings the hour before before curtain in the Fallon Theatre. Please dial 644-6836 for an update or visit online:   Museum of Fine Arts, 530 W. Call St., Tallahassee, FL 32306.
Tours: may be requested by calling 645-4681, Education Curator Teri Abstein, but all programs are free and accessible to the public during Museum hours.
Parking: Metered parking on the lower level of the adjacent Call Street Garage M-F 8-4:30 pm (access from Macomb Street). After 4:30, and on weekends, all legal spaces are available to visitors.