AfroCuba Works on paper 1968 -2003

This project began in 2001 at a meeting with San Fran­cisco State University Dean of the College of Creative Arts Keith Morrison, Fine Arts Gallery Director Mark Johnson, Cuban artist/critic Tone! (Antonio Eligio Fernandez), and me. I had been working in Cuba intermittently since 1985 and was anxious to assist in the curation of an exhibition that would highlight what we agreed were under-recognized aspects of art production there. Tone! was anxious to work on a print exhibition. After much discussion, we agreed to begin work on an exhibition surveying Cuban printmaking. By spring 2003 the current exhibition began to take shape. The first trip to Havana specifically for this exhibition occurred during winter break of 2002. I was accompanied by three students from the An Depart­ment; we conducted many interviews and created the first visual archive of prints in the collection of the Experimental Graphic Workshop in Cathedral Plaza. Since then, both Tonel and I have returned to Cuba several times. My last trip was during the 8th Bienal de La Habana in the fall of 2003. Sadly, with the new draconian resnictions on travel to and communication with Cuba introduced by the Bush administration, l think that now, more than ever, we need to learn more about this exciting and productive Caribbean neighbor. Hopefully this exhibition will add insight, understand­ing, and prompt discussion about Cuba.