Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Cuba/US relations are explored at CAM and Cass gets Naughty by Nature at the Epicurean

Societal Shifts: Climate Change

The new exhibition opening Friday at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum is not concerned with the hot button issue you’re thinking of. Instead, in "Climate Change: Cuba/USA," Cuban and Cuban-American artists explore the recent fluctuations in Cuba-U.S. relations. The four artists approach the different aspects of the topic, whether the changes or lack thereof, in various media. Javier Castro depicts life in his Old Havana neighborhood through five interrelated videos, while Celia y Yunior have created a site-specific installation that investigates the rise and fall of the cigar industry in Ybor City and Cuba. Glexis Novoa gets deeply personal with an installation that examines the development of his own artwork from his native Cuba, to his move to the United States and eventual return to Cuba. Multimedia installations from Antonio Eligio Fernández a.k.a. Tonel include sculpture and drawings that are often satiric, like the one pictured. Castro, Yunior and Novoa will be present for a discussion at 6 p.m. Friday, at the School of Music Barness Recital Hall, MUS107. The opening reception follows at 7 p.m. at CAM, 3821 Holly Drive, Tampa. Free admission, but parking is $5. (813) 974-4133. cam.usf.edu.

#MeToo: Naughty by Nature

Tampa gallery CASS Contemporary is responsible for introducing many of the world’s edgiest contemporary artists to the bay area. The show opening at its satellite location at the Epicurean Hotel on Friday follows suit. "Naughty by Nature" is Brooklyn artist Jason Pulgarin’s solo exhibit of watercolor paintings on special handmade cotton rag paper. Don’t let the seemingly soft medium fool you; he’s tackling the timely topic of feminist empowerment battling the troubled masculine ego. Pulgarin’s roots are in street art, and cartoons, fashion and graffiti are among his influences. He’ll at the opening for a Q&A session. It’s $25 to attend, but that cost will be applied to a purchase of artwork, and includes cocktails provided by the Mandarin Hide, beer provided by Rock Brothers Brewing and hors d’oeuvres. His exhibition will remain on display for three months. 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. epicureanhotel.com/events.

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