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Meet Over Lunch: Raúl Cordero in Conversation with Meyken Barreto

THE THINGS THAT RESIST DEPICTION 2021. Acrylic, polyester and metallic pigments on canvas. 152.5 x 122 cm / 60 x 48 inches||||||THE THINGS THAT RESIST DEPICTION
THE THINGS THAT RESIST DEPICTION 2021. Acrylic, polyester and metallic pigments on canvas. 152.5 x 122 cm / 60 x 48 inches

Virtual Event
Wednesday April 21, 2:00 pm

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The artist Raúl Cordero and curator Meyken Barreto will discuss the multilayered nature of Cordero’s practice, its relationship to art history, science, language and contemporary issues. This exchange will take place in the artist’s studio where Cordero has developed a new body of paintings and installation during his RU residency.

Both from Havana (Cuba), Cordero and Barreto have known each other for more than fifteen years. This talk will also address Cordero’s early years as an artist, Cuban art and identity, the challenges surrounding emigration, and his upcoming project at Times Square.

This discussion precedes the Open Studio event scheduled Saturday April 24 (11am-6pm) in Cordero’s Studio located Midtown Manhattan. Further appointments can be made during the week of April 26 by emailing the artist at


Raúl Cordero (b.1971) is a Cuban born artist based in Mexico City. He has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, while establishing a very personal universe that explores the visual manifestation of language and investigates the cognitive links between “looking at” and “reading” art.

His work can be seen in public collections around the world, including the Musée National D’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou in Paris, France; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA), The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, in the United States of America; El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, in Cuba; The Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK) in Gent, Belgium; El Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) and Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC) in Spain; among many others.

Meyken Barreto is currently an adjunct lecturer at City College of New York. As a curator and art writer she has served as Regional Director at Artist Pension Trust (APT), Gallery Manager at Y Gallery in New York, and Studio Manager at Los Carpinteros Studio in Madrid and Havana. She has taught Art History at Havana University and San Geronimo College in Havana. She has lectured in international institutions such as Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Martin Luther University, Halle (Saale). In 2018 she was Curator in Residence at Residency Unlimited, NY and in 2009 she won Cuba’s National Curatorship Award.


Raúl Cordero’s residency is made possible with support from The Cuban Artist’s Fund and The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and is also supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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