Ay! Update: More ordure hits the fan at Bronx Museum

Performance artist Tania Bruguera
Performance artist Tania Bruguera

“‘Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).”

So wrote Lewis Carroll in  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Well, Mildred, it seems that things are getting curioser and curioser at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and its director, Holly Block, must be even more surprised than Alice.

First, the Castronoid Ministry of Culture denies Holly the chance to display Cuban art stolen from its owners, despite her tireless fawning efforts to enhance the legitimacy of the Castro regime.

Then, on Wednesday, prominent Cuban dissident and artist Tania Bruguera requested that her art be removed immediately from the museum’s current “Wild Noise” exhibit, which features Cuban artists.

The “Wild Noise” show was supposed to feature works on loan from the Castronoid Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana, but the Ministry of Culture refused to cooperate, fearing that some of the artwork could be seized by its rightful owners.

Director Holly Block went ahead with the show anyway, relying instead on artwork produced by Cuban artists who work outside of Cuba.

One of these artists was Tania Bruguera, who was prominently featured in a recent New York Times article on the “Wild Noise” exhibit.

Photo of Bruguera included in NYT story
Photo of Bruguera included in NYT story

As it turns out, Bruguera does not want to be involved in the show because she objects to Holly Block’s dealing with the Castronoid Ministry of Culture, an entity that she views as an arm of King Raul’s repressive machinery.

Even worse, she has repeatedly asked since early 2015 not to be included in any way in any event at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, only to be repeatedly ignored.

Apparently, in good Castronoid fashion, Holly Block thought that the artist’s wishes could be ignored with impunity.

After all, she’s only a Cuban, one of those noble savages whose work is owned by Castro, Inc., regardless of where she resides.

Holly Block
Holly Block

As Bruguera sees it, however, her work does not belong in a museum run by someone who is a supporter of the Castro regime, and she is quite incensed about her inclusion in the “Wild Noise” exhibit, and about the prominence she was assigned by the New York Times article.

This Friday, January 27, at 10:30 a.m. Bruguera will hold a press conference at the Jose Marti statue at Central Park (W 59th St & 5th Ave/Center Drive, the south entrance to the park), where she will address the issue of artistic and political repression in Castrogonia.

For more details (in Spanish) go HERE to Diario de Cuba.  Includes snappy quotes and video clip.

And…  you’ll never guess who picked up the story overnight, lagging way behind Diario de Cuba.

Site of news conference
Site of news conference


4 thoughts on “Ay! Update: More ordure hits the fan at Bronx Museum”

  1. One look at the Block woman is all it takes to realize she has issues, as they say, and I’m not just talking about artistic ones.

  2. Maybe Ms. Block feels a kinship with Castro, Inc. because it’s so given to wearing costumes, and judging from this photo of her, so is she.

  3. And I wouldn’t say she looks vulgar, exactly. She looks lame and cheesy, like somebody trying too hard to project an image she can’t pull off. She actually looks rather pitiful.

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