Fwd: Cuban 5 art exhibit opens this Friday evening,
PRISON ARTWORK OF CUBAN U.S. INMATE OPENS FRIDAY APRIL 5th,
Calles y Sueños Gallery
1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago
FROM MY ALTITUDE: 30 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS by ANTONIO
with four additional paintings by Puerto Rican Oscar López
the Western Hemisphere's longest-held political
Antonio Guerrero is one of the 'Cuban Five' imprisoned by
Washington - their case is "the most important issue in
U.S./Cuban relations" according to Havana.
The Five can count Nelson Mandela and former U.S. president Jimmy
Carter among those calling for their immediate release, along with
eight other Nobel Laureates, assorted governments and parliaments, and
millions of grass-roots supporters around the world.
Imprisoned and abused by Washington for the past 15 years, the
Five - Antonio Guerrero, along with Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo
Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, and Rene Gonzalez -- were on a mission to
infiltrate, thwart, and expose "anti-Castro" terrorists operating
out of Miami when they were seized by the U.S. government, demonized
as "spies," sentenced to terms up to double-life, thrown into
'super-max' prisons, and denied spousal visits.
As part of what actor Danny Glover has called "breaking the
silence" about this case in the United States, a range of Chicago
academic, artistic, community, and political figures and organizations
are presenting Antonio's 'From My Altitude' exhibit of original prison
paintings with an Opening on Friday April 5th and a closing event on
Friday May 4th at the Pilsen gallery.
Seven other events will take place during the exhibit, including
the 'Poesía en Abril' event sponsored by DePaul University and
ContraTiempo Magazine featuring Nicolas Guillen (grandson of Cuba's
national poet) and Nicoberto Colina (editor of Cuba's cutting-edge
Speakers at other events include Jose López (Director,
Puerto Rican Cultural Center and brother of Oscar López
Rivera), Mark Clements (Campaign to End Torture & Chicago Alliance
against Racist and Political Repression [himself tortured, and
unjustly imprisoned for 28 years]), Felix Masud-Piloto (Cuban-American
and DePaul professor), Mary L. Johnson, mother of Michael Johnson,
Burge torture survivor, and Jesus Rodríguez, Venezuelan Consul
Exhibit sponsors include Calles y Sueños, Chicago Cuba
Coalition, National Boricua Human Rights Network, Chicago Venezuelan
Consulate, ANSWER Coalition, Centro Autónomo of Albany Park, M-19
Anti-War Coalition, All African Peoples Revolutionary Party, Chicago
Committee to Free the Five, and the Chicago Council on Black
Sponsors have released the following schedule of events:
April 55h Friday 6 to
10pm: OPENING EVENT featuring Gloria La
Riva (coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuba
Five) and Richard Monje (VP, Service Employees Int'l Union);
April 11tth Thursday 7pm: FILM
'Cuba, an African Odyssey' (award-winning documentary of
Cuba's central role in defeating racist South Africa), presented by
the Pilsen Underground Film Series.
April 19th Friday 7pm: POESIA EN
ABRIL featuring Nicolas Guillen (grandson of Cuba's
national poet) and Norberto Codina (editor of Cuba's cutting-edge
cultural journal), sponsored by ContraTiempo magazine and DePaul
University (event in Spanish, English translation for Guillen &
April 20th Saturday 2pm: BUTTERFLY
POETRY PROJECT women's open mike event features
presentation about the wives of the Five denied visitation with their
husbands for over 14 years.
April 24h Wednesday
7pm: 'FRAME-UP! -Unjust
Incarcerations' featuring Jose López (Director, Puerto
Rican Cultural Center and brother of Oscar), Mark Clements (Campaign
to End Torture & Chicago Alliance against Racist and Political
Repression [himself tortured, and unjustly imprisoned for 28 years]),
Felix Masud-Piloto (Cuban-American and DePaul professor), and Mary L.
Johnson, mother of Michael Johnson, Burge torture survivor.
April 26th Friday 7pm: LIVE WORLD
MUSIC DANCE PARTY.
April 27th Saturday 7pm: CUBA, ANGOLA,
AND THE FIVE presenting Fidel Castro's (et
al) book 'Cuba and Angola: Fighting for
Africa's Freedom and Our Own' with Felix Masud-Piloto, Zoe Franklin
(Olive Harvey College professor), John Hawkins (Chicago Cuba Coalition
and SWP) and Jorge Rios.
May 4th Saturday 7pm: CLOSING
EVENT featuring invited guest Patricia Pego Guerra
(1st secretary of the Cuban Interests Section), Stefanie Beacham
(ANSWER Coalition), Stan Smith (Chicago Committee to Free the Five)
and others to be announced.
Traducción al español estará proporcionada en todos los
eventos (simultaneous translation into Spanish provided at all