SundayArts News: Cuban Soul, Shakespeare and MAD About Nature

SundayArts News: Cuban Soul, Shakespeare and MAD About Nature

August 01, 2011 at 5:20 pm

A video and installation made by Cuban artist Leando Soto. This piece is one of more than 40 works in the “Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul” exhibit at the Newark Museum.

For this week’s SundayArts News, Christina Ha reports from The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Cuban Soul in Newark, NJ

Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul,” is an exhibition exploring the traditional and spiritual roots of contemporary Cuban art. Featuring more than 40 works, the exhibit includes photographs, works on paper, video and sculpture installations that represent Cuba’s mixed culture  — often characterized as ajiaco, a rich stew consisting of a large variety of ingredients. The show will be at the Newark Museum through August 14, 2011.

Shakespeare in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is back and celebrating its 25th anniversary with a comedy, a tragedy and a trip around the world. Known for making its plays accessible to all audiences, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is performing “The Comedy of Errors,” “Hamlet” and “Around the World in 80 Days.” The plays will alternate in repertory at Boscobel through September 4, 2011.

Bronx Calling…

Bronx Calling: The First AIM Biennial,” is a 30-year anniversary exhibition that features works on paper, sculptures, video installations and photographs by 72 local emerging artists. While each of the artists currently live in the New York area, many hail from countries all over the world, including Brazil, Trinidad and South Korea.  The exhibit is on display at the Bronx Museum through September 5, 2011.

A Mixture of Culture in Manhattan

ODC/Dance is returning to The Joyce to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Back with its ten dancers, the esteemed company will be presenting two works by Founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way and one by Co-Artistic Director K.T. Nelson. Performances will run August 9 through August 13, 2011.

Master Class,” is Tyne Daly’s latest Broadway show as the temperamental, opera singer and legend Maria Callas. Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play portrays the life of the controversial and larger-than-life diva whose off-stage performances were often as dramatic as the her on-stage ones . The play will be running in the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre of the Manhattan Theatre Club through September 4, 2011.

Flora and Fauna: MAD about Nature,” is a celebration of nature through a variety of media including ceramics, beads, cotton and even papier-mâché.  The exhibit has 126 pieces of art including a Paul Villinski’s “Passage (Study)” which has never before been exhibited and Hioki Takada’s “Orchard Lamp,” a recent museum acquisition. The exhibit will be at the Museum of Arts and Design through November 6, 2011.