Sunday, October 11, 2009


Cuban Food and Cookery™
a Wandering Feast®

Cuba y la AlimentaciĆ³n de cocina - Un Fiesta Errante©™
“Preparation of the sustainably produced foods of Cuba”
Jeffrey “Che Gabo” Ensminger
Executive Chef

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Food is Art for the mind - Art is Food for the mind - GABO

The Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Department of Art
are pleased to welcome to campus Visiting Artist Eduardo "Choco" Roca.
Choco was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He is one of the island's most
distinguished printmakers (some would say the best there is) and a
national treasure. He lives in Havana and his studio in Old Havana is a
mecca for printmakers the world over. He was one of the first artists
invited to the United States by the Center for Cuban Studies to
participate in its first Cuban art exhibit, "First Look," in 1981. This
visit inspired a film by Kavery Dutta, also called "First Look."

Choco has shown throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas in hundreds of
group and one-man shows. He is known especially for his innovative
collagraph print works. Of his work one critic writes, "Eduardo Roca is
one of those people who creates riches from a very rare personal harmony
with their profession. His pictures, in the main tending towards
symmetry and visual peace, possess inner rhythm and astute dynamism,
producing complex effects whilst dealing with simple matters".

His current work is intense with color, with traditional elements done
in a modern style. His work seems to be structured by three distinct
elements: strong texture, strange atmospheres and a personal interlacing
of spatial abstraction with silhouettes. His subjects sometimes are
non-defined which open up a range of potential interpretations. As famed
art critic Michael Barnett writes, "His work contributes to our own
understanding of ourselves as better human beings.with it we discover
another path to the realm of the fantastic which we all aspire to reach
- where art always leads us, this time at the hand of the great Choco."

CHOCO, a specialist in collagraph printmaking, will be working all month
at the Department of Art's John Henry Print Studio, producing several
collagraph prints. The public is invited to drop in and observe his work
in progress during the afternoons from 2-4:30.

An exhibition of his work will be in the John and June Allcott
Undergraduate Gallery from October 8-19.

A special 2-day workshop on collagraph printmaking is scheduled for
Friday, October 16 (for plate-making) and Friday, October 30 (for
printing) from 9-noon. Participation is limited to 12. Please contact
Beth Grabowski ( to sign up.

Questions? Contact Lou Perez ( or Beatriz Riefkohl
( or Beth Grabowski (