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Layers: Collecting Cuban American Art

Jun 11 - Sep 7 2006

UB Art Gallery

Layers: Collecting Cuban American Art compromises work from two private and one institutional collection to illustrate how collecting art involves the negotiation of identities. Combining the private collections of Lynnette Bosch and Jorge Gracia and a collection from Lehigh University Art Galleries, the exhibition invites the viewer to explore the impulses that inspire are collecting. Bosch’s collection includes works in diverse media, but reflects her interests as art historian on the influence of the baroque on Cuban-American art. Gracia’s collection emphasizes painting, and relates to his philosophical work on social group identity and personal interests.

Layers is a component of the academic conference Negotiating Identities in Art, Literature and Philosophy: Cuban Americans and American Culture, held as part of a NEH Summer Seminar for College and University teachers organized by SUNY Distinguished Professor Jorge Gracia.

The exhibition is coordinated and curated by Bosch. The academic conference is organized by Gracia, Samuel P. Capen Cahri and SUNY distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy in conjunction with the Humanities Institute and UB Art gallery.

48-page catalogue available with essay by Bosch and a foreword by Jorge Gracia.