Improvisation in Cuban Animation

Insufficient internet access and lack of equipment have not prevented some animators from continuing their filmic work after graduating art school in Cuba. From pirated software to technical improvisation, animated films have slowly appeared throughout the nation. It wasn’t until 2014 that a (state-sponsored) feature-length animated film, “Meñique,” would appear. And yet now, companies like El Muke and ÑOOo Productions have work seen as far …

Damian Aquiles’ Bar Trays Made From Salvaged Items

10 unique objects created by the Cuban artist for the Facundo Rum Collection

Not only his first show in NYC since 2004, Cuban artist Damian Aquiles‘ current exhibition “Alquimista” is also an exclusive collaboration with the Facundo Rum Collection. Teaming up with the luxury rum brand (from the Bacardi family’s private reserves), Aquiles has created 10 one-of-a-kind bar trays—each one a work of art on its own, yet also a fully functional object. Made from salvaged Cuban-sourced paint …

BlackTail’s Gangsterismo Era Cocktail Menu

On their first anniversary, the "Best New American Cocktail Bar" introduces an engaging narrative-driven menu and drinks

At this year’s Tales of the Cocktail—the largest and most prestigious spirits and cocktail trade show in the US—New York City’s BlackTail at Pier A took home the award for “Best New American Cocktail Bar.” It wasn’t much of a surprise as the gentleman behind it also founded The Dead Rabbit, consistently ranked one of the best bars in the world. BlackTail’s quite different, however. …

Photo Essay: Cycling Through Cuba

Search and State’s Daniel Golden's biking adventure across the gorgeous and fast-changing country

by Daniel Golden Cycling across Cuba is an incredible and worthwhile adventure, but is a trip that requires good planning and the understanding that the countryside is still undeveloped and resources are quite scarce. It’s a beautiful place with amazingly curious, welcoming, spirited people. Music and smiles are everywhere. It is place of mystery and discovery and truly an unforgettable experience. We rode though places …

INFINITI Takes Their Q60 to Havana

Executive design director Alfonso Albaisa traces his roots in Cuba, while bringing the first US car to the country in 58 years

Growing up in Miami, INFINITI‘s executive design director Alfonso Albaisa is Cuban, yet is also (in his words) a “product of the United States.” Despite the tie to his homeland being built on his parents’ and family’s stories and photographs rather than his own experience, Albaisa patriotism and connection to Cuba was unshakable. With INFINITI, Albaisa got the opportunity to visit Cuba for the first …