On August 2, 2013, LongHouse Reserve, the not-‐for-‐profit art museum, celebrated the opening of it’s anticipated 2013 exhibits: Cuban sculptor Yoan Capote’s RERUM ALTER NATURA and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. Yoan Capote’s RERUM ALTER NATURA or The Other Nature of Things, features two bronze sculptures and deals with immigration, exile, as well as the psychological plight of the wandering traveler.
After the opening, guests were invited to a dinner event at the home of Fundacion Amistad’s founder and President, Luly Duke. The after dinner event began at 7:30 p.m. in East Hampton. Guests celebrated the Cuban artist and discussed the marvelous sculptures they had seen on display, which will be on view through October 12th, 2013.
The first sculpture, titled Migrant, seems to be a pair of trees that invite communal seating. The piece is supposed to illustrate the drama of starting a new life, while at the same time leaving behind memories, nostalgiaand luggage.
The second sculpture, Tran/Sit, appears to be a used piece of luggage. The artist wanted to expose the psychological conflicts of those who must start a new life far from their homeland. It is not only inspired by the magnitude of the Cuban exile, but also, by the history of the American continent and its endless migration cycle.Read Event Review