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By Culturekiosque Staff

NEW YORK, 26 JANUARY 2015 Wild Noise: Artwork from The Bronx Museum of the Arts and El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes represents the most extensive visual arts exchange between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years. The joint arts initiative will include major exhibitions at MNBA and the Bronx Museum; an artist exchange with U.S. artist Mary Mattingly and Cuban artist Humberto Diaz; a teen exchange program; a series of educational and public programs; and the publication of a dual-language publication that will extend the impact of Wild Noise beyond the audiences that participate directly in the initiative.

Kadir López: Havana Monopoly, 2013
Aluminum sublimation
84" x 84" x 12"

The launch of Wild Noise will be concurrent with the 12th Bienal de La Habana, with the exhibition of more than 100 works from the Bronx Museum’s permanent collection on view at MNBA from 21 May through 16 August  2015. Wild Noise will feature works created from the 1960s to the present that reveal how contemporary artists are addressing questions of identity, urban life, and community. The initiative will also send¾for the first time¾over 100 works from MNBA’s permanent collection to the U.S. to be presented at the Bronx Museum in spring 2016. The title of the initiative—Wild Noise—is taken from a Victor Hugo poem, "Ma vie est déjà dans l’ombre de la mort," and refers to the sublimity and chaos of urban spaces, "the wild noise where infinity begins." The theme resonates with this year’s Bienal de La Habana, which will be held at locations across the city, integrating into the urban fabric of Havana and its communities.

At the Bronx Museum, Wild Noise is organized by Executive Director Holly Block, and Director of Programs Sergio Bessa. At the MNBA, the project is spearheaded by Director Ana Cristina Perez and curated by Corina Matamoros, Curator of Contemporary Cuban Art, and Aylet Ojeda Jequin, Curator of Contemporary Cuban Art and Naïve Art.


Wild Noise at El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 21 May 21 – 16 August  2015.  The exhibition will focus on urban life and communities, and introduce artists, practices, and themes previously little-known in Cuba. More than 100 works from the Bronx Museum’s permanent collection will be on view, including work by Bronx-born artists Vito Acconci, Lawrence Weiner, and Glenn Ligon, sculptor and visual artist Willie Cole, photographer Lisa Kahane, sculptors Chakaia Booker and Huma Bhabha, and others. In addition, Wild Noise will feature approximately 100 works from MNBA’s permanent collection at The Bronx Museum of the Arts spring 2016. The exhibition will offer U.S. students, scholars, artists, travelers, members of the New York community, and Bronxites the opportunity to view the breadth of contemporary art from Cuba, providing a rare look at the range of artists who have responded to Cuba’s unique political, economic, social, and cultural conditions since the 1960s.

Artist Exchange

Each museum has chosen one artist to take part in an international artist exchange to be conducted over a four- to six-week period leading up to opening of each exhibition. The artist exchange will begin in 2015 when Mary Mattingly—a New York-based artist and former participant in the Bronx Museum artistambassador program smARTpower—will travel to Cuba to create a new work for Wild Noise and interact with audiences through public programs. Cuban artist Humberto Diaz has been selected to participate in the 2016 exhibition at the Bronx Museum, creating new art work for the show.

In addition, the Bronx Museum and MNBA are currently planning additional programmatic initiatives, including educational programs, concerts, performances, film screenings, artist talks, and workshops that explore the themes of Wild Noise.


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