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Sandra Ramos in Conversation

Many small paintings and collages sit on floating red shelves on a wall.
Sandra Ramos, Cuban, Trumpito Timeline, 2020. Oil, charcoal, and collage on wood. © Sandra Ramos. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower Level
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

In her exhibition Both Sides Now: Sandra Ramos, on view at the nearby David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban-born artist Sandra Ramos uses wit and humor to pose a cultural critique of Cuban republican history while exposing the failings of democratic systems against totalitarian regimes in our time. Through photographs, drawings, collage, sculpture, and video, Ramos reveals a personal and ironic perspective on the challenges of displacement and the sociopolitical and economic realities of her country.

In this event at the Harvard Art Museums, Ramos will be in conversation with curator Mary Schneider Enriquez. They will discuss the artist’s practice, which began in the 1980s in Cuba; the fall of the Berlin Wall and the economic scarcities that followed; and her move to the United States, which has given Ramos, as an immigrant, a sharply clarifying lens on both cultures and the tensions between them.

Before the discussion, we invite you to attend a reception and tour of Both Sides Now: Sandra Ramos at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS). The tour will be led by Sandra Ramos; Marcela V. Ramos, arts program manager for DRCLAS; and Mary Schneider Enriquez, from 5:15 to 6:15pm.

Sandra Ramos, artist
Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums

Free admission, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The discussion will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on 480 Broadway. Doors will open at 6pm. The preceding reception and tour of Both Sides Now: Sandra Ramos will take place between 5:15 and 6:15pm, at 1730 Cambridge Street, 2nd floor, which is a three-minute walk from the museums.

Limited complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

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Support for this program is provided by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and by the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.

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