Tania Bruguera and several other Cuban artists were detained in Havana last week after trying to stage a protest against Cuba's Decree 349, legislation that requires all artist activity to be approved by the Ministry of Culture. PEN America called the arrest "intolerable affront to free expression."

They have since been released, and the Cuban government had issued a statement that the decree will not be enforced as initially planned, but outcomes are still unclear.

We spoke with Bruguera in October about the implications of Decree 349. Read the interview here.

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Advocacy News

'I Wouldn’t Be Here Were It Not for Public Funding': Turner Prize-Winner Charlotte Prodger Makes Case for State Support for the Arts

The Glasgow-based artist won the top British art prize for videos that meld Scottish landscapes and queer identity. (The Art Newspaper)

Senegal Opens Museum of Black Civilizations—One of the Largest of Its Kind In the World

The museum, dedicated to "decolonizing African knowledge" has been 52 years in the making. (Okayafrica)

Hilma af Klint, Outlier for the Ages

"You can’t start the history of abstract painting over, but you can start it elsewhere." (Hyperallergic)

New Gallery Will Be First in a Smithsonian Museum to Focus on US Latino Experience

The Smithsonian will open its first permanent gallery space for Latinx culture in 2021. (Washington Post)

Sculptor Anish Kapoor Forces Gun Group NRA to Cut His Art from Video

The artist filed a copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of his Cloud Gate artwork. (BBC)

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This week, Denise Burge, Lisa Siders, and Jenny Ustick discuss interdisciplinary collaboration. Denise Burge is an instructor of Drawing and Animation at the University of Cincinnati. Lisa Siders is a fiber and installation artist living on Whidbey Island, Washington. Jenny Ustick is the Interim Director of the Masters of Fine Arts Program, Foundations Coordinator, and Instructor of Drawing at the University of Cincinnati.

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