Havana’s National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA), and The Studios of Key West (TSKW), Florida announce Part II of “One Race, the Human Race,” a two-part project encompassing an exhibition of works by famed American playwright and painter Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), author of many stage classics such as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among many others, and “Stainless” the young three-man collective of Alejandro Pineiro Bello, Jose Gabriel Capaz and Roberto Fabelo Hung, three young artists fresh out of Havana’s San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts equally embody bravado, seduction, and humor and whose works are provocative.
This follows the momentous January- February 2014 exchange, “One Race, the Human Race”, the first museum exhibition of an American artist in Cuba since the Revolution. This landmark and ongoing project serves as a cultural bridge between two cities with roots soaked in creativity and “Cubanismo”. It began with Key West’s Mario Sanchez´s exhibition of works at Havana´s MBNA on January 17, 2014. A month later, on February 20, 2014 in Key West, a series of exhibitions and residencies by contemporary Cuban artists such as Rocío García, Sandra Ramos, Manuel Mendive and Roberto Fabelo took place at multiple venues. It was the first Cuban-American museum exchange in over five decades.
From February 5 to 28, 2015, “Stainless”will exhibit their works at the The Studios of Key West, titled “Greatest Hits”.From February 28 to April 28, 2015, Havana’s National Museum of Fine Arts will host an exhibition of four paintings by Tennessee Williams and dozens of photographs, first editions in English and Spanish, playbills and posters from the Tennessee Williams Museum in Key West.
This exchange of exhibitions is coordinated by Nance Frank, Curator, Esperanza Maynulet García, Vice Director of contemporary collections at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, The Studios of Key West, and The Key West Tennessee Williams Museum, Honoring and Remembering a Key West Icon.