After my first visit to see "Rhythm and History" at the ASU Art Museum, I returned home and immediately began Googling. As its name explicitly states, the exhibition is entrenched in history. Yet I left feeling the gaps in my own historical knowledge exposed rather than filled, as I might have hoped.
Katrina Montgomery "Rhythm and History" exhibition view
In the 1990s under the direction of former museum director and curator Marilyn Zeitlin, ASU Art Museum established one of the most extensive collections of contemporary Cuban art outside of Cuba, culminating in an exhibition entitled "Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island" in 1998. The current show marks the first time this truly impressive collection has been revisited since then. The 19 diverse pieces showcased in "Rhythm and History" barely scratch the surface of the extensive collection, which brought together 17 of the most prominent artists working in Cuba at the time.