Albuquerque, NM – The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is proud to announce its newest art exhibition Confluencias II: Inside Arte Cubano Contemporáneo with a free public reception on Sunday, September 13 from 2 pm to 4 pm in the Center’s Art Museum.

Cuban art, while shown internationally, is relatively unknown inside the United States due to trade sanctions since the early 1960’s. Confluencias II: Inside Arte Cubano Contemporáneo reveals a new dialogue within the Cuban/United States cultural front by bringing together an exciting overview of the work of over 40 contemporary Cuban artists. The exhibition will introduce contemporary mixed media, painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, and video-art installations. The artists explore the complexity of the Cuban experience, exploring such themes as Afro-Cuban mythology, collectivity, and the affects of a globalized world on creativity and communication. An earlier version of Confluencias II was held in an exhibition in Mexico. Both exhibitions were organized by Cuban curator, Juanito Delgado. Stuart Ashman, Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Cultural Affairs states,” It is clear from the work in this exhibition that art is a universal language that crosses all barriers. It is our hope that efforts such as this one will foster a deeper understanding between the peoples of Cuba and the United States.”

This exhibition will remain on view through May 16, 2010. An accompanying catalog will be published and available to the public for sale late this fall. The NHCC Art Museum is located at 1701 4th Street SW on the corner of 4th Street and Avenida César Chávez and is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. Art museum admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for children 16 and under. The Art Museum is free to everyone on Sundays.

The NHCC is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Hispanic art and culture at the local, state, national and international levels. The Center is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. For additional information on NHCC programs call 505/246-2261 or visit