Exhibitions

Mariano Rodríguez. Pescador (Fisherman), 1955. Oil on canvas. Collection Fundación Mariano Rodríguez © Fundación Mariano Rodríguez

Mariano: Variations on a Theme
August 5, 2022 – January 22, 2023

Mariano: Variations on a Theme marks the first solo exhibition in the United States of works by the artist Mariano Rodríguez (b. 1912, Havana; d. 1990, Havana). This exhibition expands the artist’s known body of work, demonstrating how Mariano’s dedication to lo cubano (the essence of Cuban experience) and his evolving interests in modes of artistic expression from other parts of the world positioned him as a painter of universal consequence.

Mariano’s career spanned six decades of the twentieth century—almost the duration of Cuban modernism. Contextualizing the scope of Cuban modernism in relation to aesthetic movements in the Americas and Europe is fundamental to understanding Cuban artists’ quest for creating national artistic identity on the island. Mariano’s Cuban iconography particularly glorified el gallo (the rooster) and embraced other recurring motifs including guajiros (peasants), fruits, vegetation, and the marine world. In exploring variations on these themes, Mariano forged a distinctive aesthetic that incorporated other art historical styles, in turn, Geometric Abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, and figuration. By introducing the “grotesque” in his fantastic or distorted figures in dark settings, Mariano demonstrated virtuosity in hybridity, signaling a new postmodern orientation of Cuban art.

Past

October 18, 2019 – February 9, 2020

Teresita Fernández: Elemental

July 21, 2018 – September 1, 2019

Hew Locke: For Those in Peril on the Sea

May 26, 2017 – January 14, 2018

John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night

February 18 – November 13, 2016

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors

November 5, 2015 – April 24, 2016

Carlos Alfonzo: Clay Works and Painted Ceramics

October 15, 2015 – March 6, 2016

Firelei Báez: Bloodlines

November 19, 2015 – February 21, 2016

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed

August 12 – October 16, 2016

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

August 7, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot

December 4, 2013 – February. 23, 2014

Amelia Peláez: The Craft of Modernity

April 18 – August 17, 2014

Caribbean:
Crossroads of the World

March 13 – August 31, 2014

Edouard Duval-Carrié:
Imagined Landscapes

December 4, 2013 – July 27, 2014

Hew Locke: For Those in Peril on the Sea

October 14, 2011 – January 22, 2012

Enrique Martinez Celaya: Schneebett

July 30 – November 7, 2010

Focus Gallery: Purvis Young

February 8 – May 18, 2008

Wifredo Lam in North America

November 2, 2007 – January 13, 2008

Enrique Martinez Celaya: Nomad

October 2, 2005 – January 15, 2006

Ana Mendieta: Earth Body Sculpture and Performance 1972-85

November 14, 2003 – January 18, 2004

New Work: Janine Antoni/Paul Ramírez Jonas

November 15, 2002 – January 19, 2003

New Work: Teresita Fernández