President Obama has been talking about his plans to let student, church and cultural groups legally travel to Cuba. Last Friday, restrictions on U.S. travel, visas and remittance of money from Americans to Cubans were eased and the orders are expected to take effect within two weeks. Although general public still cannot make the trip, it is estimated that 400,000 US citizens travel to Cuba via Canada or Mexico in 2009 (USA Today). Those who didn’t make the trip can enjoy the scenes from Cuban life here in Charleston starting February 4 through March 28.
The City Gallery at Waterfront Park located at 34 Prioleau Street in downtown Charleston features: Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba, an exhibition that introduces North America to the new generation of influential artists from Cuba. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4. The exhibit offers more than 40 works of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation art to provide a sense of the serious aesthetic and conceptual concerns that characterizes Cuban art today. The City Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.