Noted Cuban Artists Eduardo Roca Salazar Celebrated in Harlem, October 26, 2009
Sunday October 25 was one of
those very special Harlem cultural afternoons as the HARLEM Arts Alliance
welcomed Eduardo Roca Salazar (Choco) in a Havana to Harlem afternoon of
celebration at the Dwyer Cultural Center on St. Nicholas Avenue.
Over 300 people attended
throughout the afternoon celebration which lasted from 1 o'clock until 6:00pm.
Among those attending were Voza Rivers and Michael Unthank of the HARLEM Arts
Alliance, Marta Moreno Vega, of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora
Institute, Deborah Spencer of the New York State Council on the Arts, Sandra
Garcia Betancourt of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Steven Fullwood of
the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and artist Ademola
Olugebefola, of the International Communications Association.
The celebration's keynote
was a lively mid-afternoon conversation between Eduardo Roca Salazar (Choco)
and Dr. Marta Moreno Vega. They talked about art and cultural development and
the continuing influence of African art on his work since his travels
throughout Africa in the 1980s.
He is one of the leading printmakers in the world and is in New York
rarely. He is in the U.S. now as an artist-in-residence at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Choco's artwork was available for sale
during the Sunday afternoon event and sold briskly.
The celebration also
included a reception with Cuban cuisine from Amore Cubano on East 11th &
Third Avenue and music by Son x Tres.