Los Carpinteros: Inventing the World

Clever wood constructions and a ghostly tent city on USF’s green lawn were part of a show by Los Carpinteros that was the visual highlight of the Arte 2005 festival. A collaborative of young Cuban artists — Marco Castillo, Dagoberto Rodriguez and Alexandre Arrechea — Los Carpinteros combine visual puns (a missile of Cuban bread) with intellectual weight, exquisite craftsmanship and political insight. USFCAM director Margaret Miller and curator Nicole Smith co-curated; Graphicstudio facilitated fabrication of some works by local cabinetmaker Bob Ballard. A Cuba-Florida artistic exchange was managed over difficult political waters. University of South Florida, Contemporary Art Museum, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-974-4133, www.usfcam. -Mary Mulhern

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