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Pioneros: Building Cuba’s Socialist Childhood. September 17 to October 1, 2015. Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Parsons School of Design/The New School. An unprecedented exhibition of the material world of childhood in Cuba through the decades of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The exhibition explores the relationship between the political and the material orders, offering a portrait of the effects of global and national politics on the material environment and in everyday life, as well as of the impermeability and resilience of some individual and collective practices to politics. More than 200 objects like toys, furniture, books, clothing, appliances, and children ephemera, designed for or used by Cuban children in the decades of the 1960s through the 1980s, will be exhibited along with old photographs obtained through Facebook and other social media, or directly contributed by their owners. They will attest to both the efforts of the Cuban state to shape a socialist “new” man and the individual tactics to resist them (stressing the role that objects played in these processes). The exhibition, co-curated by sociologist Maria A. Cabrera Arus and art historian Meyken Barreto.
Raúl with colleague
Florence Leclerc-Dickler, Dean of Parsons Paris