Montserrat Galleries Showcases Two Perspectives of Cuban Cultural Identity

Montserrat Galleries Showcases Two Perspectives of Cuban Cultural Identity. Internationally acclaimed artists host their first solo New England exhibitions. 

Adrián Fernández Milanés: Pending Memories
301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly, MA
On view through October 12

A solo exhibition of Havana-based multimedia artist, Adrián Fernández Milanés. Pending Memories builds upon Milanés’ exploration of the artifice, the spectacle of consumerism, technological constructs (tangible and digital), and beyond. This iteration showcases a massive mixed-media sculpture, unique to Montserrat, that reads like a dystopic advertisement for El Tropicana or a decommissioned military weapon, in limbo between construction and deconstruction.

Pending Memories, installation view

Anthony Goicolea: Pose
Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex St, Beverly, MA
On view through November 9
Opening reception: October 3, 5-7pm

Pose is the first New England solo-exhibition of the internationally acclaimed artist, Anthony Goicolea.

On display is four connected and contrasting examples of Goicolea’s ideations. The gallery is bisected and the work is presented as two halves of the same mind. One must experience a section with the afterimage of the other heavy on their conscious. The gallery forces contemplation, reflection, and (false) memory; reminiscent of a dream. His work is not intentionally or overtly political. It is a visceral reaction to changing dialogues around ethnicity, sexuality and religion. Growing up as a Cuban, Catholic, gay boy in the Deep South in the early 70’s, heightened his awareness of social constructs and the changing nature of identity politics—a theme that continually informs his work.

Anonymous Self Portrait, 2016, Graphite and Turpentine oil on double sided frosted Mylar film with oil paint mounted to board