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Elvis Fuentes | Cuba

Elvis Fuentes
Curator, art historian and critic
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Graduated in art history from the University ohf Havana, Cuba (1999).

Elvis Fuentes received prizes for his curating the shows Print as Metaphor – Grand Prize at the International Biennial of Graphic Arts of Ljubljana in Slovenia in 2005 and Rewind… Rewind… Three Decades of Video Art in Puerto Rico – prize from the AICA (International Association of Art Critics) in 2005.

Elvis Fuentes is associated curator for the Museo del Barrio in New York, USA. There he curated the following exhibitions : The (S) Files – the Museo del Barrio’s biennials (2007, 2011) and Voces y visiones : four decades through El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection (2009-2010).

Lately, he was part of the curatorial team of the exhibition Caribbean : Crossroads of the World at the Queens Museum of Art, at El Museo del Barrio and at The Studio Museum in Harlem, in New York, USA, 2012-2013.

Before that, Elvis Fuentes was curator for the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba in Havana, Cuba. He was occupying this position between 1999 and 2002, there he curated around twenty exhibits and symposiums and organized two festivals of video art (2000 and 2001).

He then lived in Puerto Rico from 2004 to 2006. Elvis Fuentes was curator at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan. He curated a show at the Museo de Arte de Cayey. He organized the art fairs CIRCA (2006-2008). And during the 2d Polygraphic Trienial in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2004, he  curated a special project on the early work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

In 2009, he co-curated Killing Time: An exhibition of Cuban Artists from 1980s to the present at Exit Art, New York, USA.

Elvis Fuentes edited the compilation of the catalogue Caribbean : Art at the Crossroads of the World, with Deborah Cullen, at Yale University Press (2012) ; and the book Latin American & Caribbean Art : MoMA at El Museo (2004).

His essays were included in the books Nexus New York : Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis, Yale University Press (2009) ; States of Exchange, Turner/Iniva (2008) ; Arte No es vida – Actions by Artists of the Americas 1960-2000, Museo del Barrio (2008) and Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Early Impressions, Museo del Barrio (2006).