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The Kansas City Museum brings the central stage of Michelle Mirabal and Cuban culture in the history behind the seat

Two parts of History behind the seat Exhibition by Michel Mirabal. // Photo by Hannah Scott

The latest exhibition at the Kansas City Museum History behind the seat Through the lens of Cuban artist Michel Mirabal, he tells the story of Cuban personal life and experience.

The museum does not want to be defined by a particular niche. Instead of believing that the History Museum can only share crafts, we decided to let others learn through art, music and historical items.

“In the field of museums, we’ve found that this is a museum, this is a history museum, and we sometimes very strongly portray that you have to stay in your lane,” Kansas City said. Says Anna Marie Tutera, executive director of the museum. “But this museum differs in that it takes an interdisciplinary approach to learning about history and culture. We hope that artists and artistic expressions create another layer of learning. I’m out. “

Connected to the museum Cubanism: Cuban Cultural Project Create an exhibition. This group not only works to connect Cuba and American culture in the state, but also sends individuals on trips to Cuba to help them better understand the country and its people.

With Mirabal Cubanism Founder Dalida T. Pupo Barribas wants people to know that there is much more culture in Cuba and its people than in government.

“One of the main questions of the clients we work with on our trip to Cuba is often welcomed there,” says Balibas. “But they are always aware and if you go someday you will say this, if you go and you say you are from the United States, people are as usual. You are here so much I’m glad. ”We have family, friends, neighbors, and so many people we know live in the United States, and our culture is connected to the United States in so many ways. “

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Mirabal’s work entitled “Our World”. // Photo by Hannah Scott

History behind the seat Tell the story of Cuban families and individuals and the honesty of their way of life. Mirabal explained that the title was inspired by a sheet that hangs on the balcony of an apartment and dries, behind which many people don’t understand.

“I was born in a place like a project. We didn’t have much space to put the dryer, so everyone always had a seat in front of the house,” says Mirabal. “For me, being behind the seats means that I can see all the history that is happening around those apartments. I see smiles, listen to music, smell different things. , You can taste different flavors, but I took all those ideas and tried to incorporate them into my painting work. ”

Born in Cuba, Mirabal works all over the world and is internationally recognized. Cuba is one of the few places that does not house galleries, but it works to support the community by funding various organizations and visiting neighborhoods and schools.

He created works for individuals like Barack Obama, but Mirabal tries to fix himself to move forward.

“I can’t see me like a celebrity,” says Mirabal. “I look like the same guy from the beach. I don’t necessarily know what to do next, but I just want to make art. I always say art is everything, art is life So if I work and create in the future, I hope the future will be good. “


History behind the seat Is a free exhibit that is on display until September 25th. Click here for more information on the exhibits.