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Art on the Hyphen at the Burchfield Center
  Please join George Campos and Christian Campos from the Campos Group in celebrating the opening of Art on the Hyphen.

Art on the Hyphen: Cuban-American Art in Western New York State will be shown at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York. The exhibition will be on view from January 15 – April 3, 2005.

For more information, call (716) 878-6011 or visit www.burchfield-penney.org.

Click here to read an article from the Buffalo News about Art on the Hyphen.

The Burchfield-Penney Art Center and Hispanics United of Buffalo, in cooperation with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Antecesores and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, present Art on the Hyphen: Cuban-American Art in Western New York State, an exhibition designed to introduce the spectator to the Cuban-American presence in New York State as it is manifested in works of art—including painting, sculpture, video and photography. The exhibition begins with an opening reception on Friday, January 14, 2005 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and is on view from January 15 through April 9, 2005.

Each of the artists featured in this exhibition places an emphasis on either side of the hyphen that defines their Cuban and their American identities. Among these artists, their experience of Cuba differs significantly. Some lack memories of Cuba. Some have memories crystallized in their childhoods, while others came as adults with their Cuban identities complete. For two artists, the Cuban side of the hyphen is a matter of choice, as they are American-born.

This exhibition presents a story of Cuban immigration and assimilation that is intrinsically American. As a country of immigrants, the U.S. combines diversity with an individualism that is characteristic of the American psyche. New arrivals increase American diversity every day, bringing us new hyphenated identities. In his book, Life on the Hyphen, Gustavo Perez Firmat defined the hyphen as the metaphysical space of being and becoming as a dual cultural identity is defined by individual choice. Negotiating the hyphen is a sometimes difficult, yet liberating experience reflected in the work of the artists included in this exhibition. This exhibition is an invitation extended by Christian Campos, George Campos, Errol Daniels, Jorge Guitart, Agustin Rolando Rojas, Alberto Rey and Nestor Zarragoitia to share their Cuban-American lives in Western New York.

Cuban and American art are represented in Western New York in works which specifically address the experience and memory of these artists as Cubans, as Americans and as observers in the cultural flow that links Cuba and the United States.

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