Cuban Art: Original & Affordable Paintings & Photos

Our bricks-and-mortar gallery, Novo Arte, is closed, but has come to life online!

We represent Cuban painters Juan Antonio Picasso, Pedro Roig, and Juan Carlos Garcia Marrero, and photographers Nadalito Antelmo, Rene Pena, and Lissette Solorzano. Please browse through the images of the work that are in the online gallery, and contact us if you’d like more details or are interested in making a purchase.  

“Good food ends with good talk”: Some good talk about Francisco’s food

Since 2005, Francisco has been nurturing his lifelong passion for cooking by working as a private chef. Offering cooking classes, meals, and presiding over the kitchen at special events in New York City, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Mexico City, he has learned the truism of Geoffrey Neighbors’s quote: “Good food ends with good talk.”

Here’s some of the good talk he’s received from clients:

*”I meant to write you as soon as I got to the office to tell you what a lovely time we had…. The week has passed too
quickly and here it is Friday and I still haven’t thanked you and Julie. We enjoyed dinner so much and you were so gracious about our tardy arrival, wejust can’t tell you how much we appreciated it. Thanks for the poems, too —
it was really quite a magical evening! Best, Leslie”

*”It was such a memorable evening for each of us.  We will not forget our special birthdays and the part that you and Julie played in them.  Life is so interesting when we open our eyes and hearts to continuing new adventures.  We send our best to you and Julie; and may your lives continue to be filled with good adventures.  -Carolann”
 

How NOW?: Some thoughts on the increasing irrelevance of American feminism

As if the usual mud-slinging of American politics isn’t distressing enough, a bizarre strain of thinking has begun to influence our already schizophrenic national conversation about the 2008 presidential race. 

What’s particularly bothersome to me about this emerging ideology is that it comes from a group of people with whom I was once proud to align myself–American feminists–so proud, in fact, that I pursued a double major in English and Women’s Studies, and argued against my parents’ doubts that the latter would add any value to a future career.  

But how NOW? What’s happening to white American feminists?

American feminists of other ethnicities–most notably Black feminists Audre Lorde and bell hooks– have long claimed that white feminists are out of touch with reality. The evidence just keeps piling up that Lorde and hooks have been right all along.  On February 22,  Letty Cottin Pogrebin  and her daughter, Abigail Pogrebin, were interviewed by PBS  correspondent Maria Hinojosa  on the program “NOW.” Cottin Pogrebin, one of the founders of MS. Magazine and a woman who is often credited as being one of the founders of the contemporary feminist movement, is a respected activist and scholar. That’s why I watched with increasing puzzlement as Cottin Pogrebin and her daughter debated their divergent political opinions. Cottin Pogrebin is an ardent Clinton supporter, while her daughter (also a respected scholar and former producer at “60 Minutes”) is an equally passionate Obama supporter. It’s not that Cottin Pogrebin thinks Obama’s a bad candidate,  she explained, it’s simply that she thinks he should wait in line for his “turn” to be President. His designs on the White House, she argued, effectively pull the rug from beneath Clinton’s–and, by extension, all women’s– feet. It’s an argument that opponents of feminism and equal rights have used for years–the wait your turn dialectic–which makes it especially sad that Cottin Pogrebin and the National Organization of Women have appropriated this tired, outdated tactic.

The Cottin Pogrebin interview would have been disturbing enough, but two subsequent women in power who are considered feminist trailblazers have trotted out similar arguments. In an interview with The Daily Breeze, a Torrance, California newspaper, Geraldine Ferraro,  former Congresswoman and vice-presidential candidate, as well as former ambassador to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights, opined that Obama is “lucky to be who he is [a black man],” and that he wouldn’t be “in this position” (whatever “this” position is)  if he “was a white man.” She went on to lament how Clinton has been victimized by a “very sexist media.” Since the article was published on March 7, critics have called for Clinton to distance herself from Ferraro. Ferraro, for her part,  gave another interview in which she expressed even more extreme sentiments, contending that SHE has been the victim of racism as the result of the first Daily Breeze interview.

Whew. What can even be said about that?

But wait: there’s more. This afternoon, Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the viability of the “dream ticket” of Clinton/Obama (itself a blog-worthy topic), simply saying that such a partnership would be “impossible,” but without qualifying her position in any meaningful way.

When I was working on that women’s studies major, I resisted the kinds of criticisms lodged against white feminists by Lorde and hooks. I didn’t yet truly understand what the dual burdens of sexism and racism could feel like, and I certainly didn’t want to be implicated as out of touch myself. But now I see the reason in their arguments and I find myself questioning the legitimacy, value, and relevance of white American feminist thought. What happened to the feminist movement that was committed to inclusiveness, that refused to embrace the politics and practice of stand-in-line polemics? Abigail Pogrebin is right: this kind of talk is “exactly what allows people to write off feminism as simply angry, and hopelessly stuck in the us-versus-them paradigm of previous decades.”

Links:

Video of Abigail Pogrebin and Letty Cottin Pogrebin on PBS:

http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/408/index.html#story2

Text of Abigal Pogrebin’s essay on The Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/abigail-pogrebin/family-politics_b_84115.html

Ferraro’s interview with The Daily Breeze:

http://www.dailybreeze.com/lifeandculture/ci_8489268

Ferraro’s second interview: http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_8533832

Pelosi’s remarks on CNN:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/03/11/pelosi-joint-ticket-impossible/