Fernández to discuss Cuba at Museum
Dr. Damian Fernandez, former director of the Cuban Research Institute at the Florida International University and provost of Purchase College, will present Utopia/Dystopia:
The Politics of Art in Cuba on July 8 at 7:30 p.m., at the Katonah Museum of Art. This event, in conjunction with Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection, is free to members and $10 for non-members. A wine reception will follow Dr. Fernandez’s lecture.
In this lecture, Dr. Fernandez will examine the role of the artist in Cuban politics since the advent of the Revolution of 1959, focusing on the relationship between art, politics, and society spanning the past two decades.
Dr. Fernandez is a specialist on Latin American politics. He is the former director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University and served as lead investigator of a National Science Foundation-funded research initiative focusing on political culture, social capital, and community among Latinos in the U.S.
His most recent book, Cuba and the Politics of Passion (2000), has been adopted for undergraduate and graduate courses at Princeton, University of Michigan, Tulane, and Georgetown, among other universities. Dr. Fernandez serves as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Purchase College, State University of New York.