8/02/2022 PHILLIPS MUSEUM OF ART

The Light in Cuban Eyes: Selections From The Madeleine P. Plonsker Collection

In 2002, art collector and philanthropist Madeleine P. Plonsker began traveling to Cuba to learn more about Havana’s thriving art scene. The Light in Cuban Eyes focuses on photography from 1990 to 2013, which spans Cuba’s “Special Period in the Time of Peace”, a difficult and tumultuous era resulting from the withdrawal of financial support from the former Soviet Union.

As Plonsker reflects on her collection she states, the contributing artists—including Juan Carlos Alom, Adrián Fernández Milanés, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Cirenaica Moreira, and Glenda León—shoot their worlds in styles ranging from fabulist to gritty. These extraordinarily talented artists are often known only to the small population of collectors fortunate enough to have traveled to this tightly restricted country, or through their art-world reputations that have only recently started to expand beyond the island.

More than a decade has passed since Plonsker began seeking out contemporary photography in Cuba, growing her collection to more than 170 photographs and a dozen sculptures. It has been an intensely personal journey for her, as she connected with the artists in ways she could never have anticipated. Plonsker has come to feel, many times, like a mother, an aunt, an older sister. “Watching the photographers create and grow in stature has been a unique and lasting privilege. We are family.”

Curated by Lindsay Marino, Director & Collections Manager and Janie Kreines, Curator of Exhibitions & Engagement at the Phillips Museum of Art.

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 En 2002, la coleccionista de arte y filántropa Madeleine P. Plonsker comenzó a viajar a Cuba para aprender más sobre la próspera escena artística de La Habana. La luz en los ojos cubanos se centra en la fotografía de 1990 a 2013, que abarca el “Período especial en tiempos de paz” de Cuba, un era difícil y tumultuoso como resultado del retiro del apoyo financiero de la ex Unión Soviética.

Como Plonsker reflexiona sobre su colección, afirma, los artistas contribuyentes, incluidos Juan Carlos Alom, Adrián Fernández Milanés, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Cirenaica Moreira y Glenda León, filman sus mundos en estilos que van desde fabulista hasta arenoso. Estos artistas extraordinariamente talentosos a menudo son conocidos solo por la pequeña población de coleccionistas lo suficientemente afortunados de haber viajado a este país estrictamente restringido, o por su reputación en el mundo del arte que recientemente comenzó a expandirse más allá de la isla.

Ha pasado más de una década desde que Plonsker comenzó a buscar fotografía contemporánea en Cuba, aumentando su colección a más de 170 fotografías y una docena de esculturas. Ha sido un viaje intensamente personal para ella, ya que se conectó con los artistas de maneras que nunca podría haber anticipado. Plonsker ha llegado a sentirse, muchas veces, como una madre, una tía, una hermana mayor. “Ver a los fotógrafos crear y crecer en estatura ha sido un privilegio único y duradero. Somos familia."

Curada por Lindsay Marino, Directora y Gerente de Colecciones y Janie Kreines, Curadora de Exposiciones y Compromiso en el Museo de Arte Phillips.

 

World famous for its cigars, Cuba knows more than tobacco, Cuba knows art. 

                                                                                                                               Madeleine P. Plonsker

 

EVENTS THIS SEMESTER!

Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: Tuesday, September 6, 5:00 P.M., Dana Gallery

Workshop with the Alumni Writers House: Thursday, October 13, 4:30 P.M., Dana Gallery

Virtual Artist Talk: TBD - check back soon!

 

  • Pedro Abascal. Sin título (from the photo essay Villegas) (detail), c.1990. Gelatin silver print, A.P., 9 x 12" (unframed). Courtesy of Madeleine P. Plonsker. Image Credit: Pedro Abascal. Sin título (from the photo essay Villegas) (detail), c.1990. Gelatin silver print, A.P., 9 x 12" (unframed). Courtesy of Madeleine P. Plonsker.
  • Mabel Llevat Soy. Sin titulo (La favorita series) (detail), 2005. Gelatin silver print, ed. 4/10, 14 x 9". Courtesy of Madeleine P. Plonsker. Image Credit: Mabel Llevat Soy. Sin titulo (La favorita series) (detail), 2005. Gelatin silver print, ed. 4/10, 14 x 9". Courtesy of Madeleine P. Plonsker.
  • Michel Pou Díaz. Sin título (detail), 2009. Lambda print on photo paper, ed. 1/20, 9 x 14" (unframed). Courtesy of Madeleine P. Plonsker. Image Credit: Michel Pou Díaz. Sin título (detail), 2009. Lambda print on photo paper, ed. 1/20, 9 x 14" (unframed). Courtesy of Madeleine P. Plonsker.
  • Alfredo Ramos. Sin título (Buena vista series) (detail), 2007. Gelatin silver print, ed. 1/7, 11 x 11" (unframed). Courtesy of Madeleine P. Plonsker. Image Credit: Alfredo Ramos. Sin título (Buena vista series) (detail), 2007. Gelatin silver print, ed. 1/7, 11 x 11" (unframed). Courtesy of Madeleine P. Plonsker.
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