Wild Noise is a joint collaboration between the Museo Nacional de
Bellas Artes and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and it is the most
extensive cultural exchange between Cuba and the United States
in over five decades. The exhibition is the product of three years of
research and numerous travels between Havana and New York— time
during which the curatorial team discussed the role of museums vis-àvis
the communities they serve. Since its founding in 1971, The Bronx
Museum of the Arts has played a vital role in making art accessible
to local residents through extensive education programs like the Teen
Council, which over the next two years will collaborate with a group
of youths in Havana.
Bronx Museum Teen Council creates MuseZines every year. This
year’s zine includes our own creative work, as well as artwork made
by teens from El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Instituto Pre-
Universitario José Martí and Academia San Alejandro in Havana,
Cuba. You’ll find quotes throughout the zine from the collaborative
exchange we did this winter and spring. We were surprised to
discover how much we have in common!
Cover: Vanessa Vargas and Alyssa Otero
Ruido Salvaje es una colaboración entre el Museo Nacional de Bellas
Artes y el Museo de Arte del Bronx , y es el intercambio cultural
más amplio entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos en más de cinco
décadas. La exposición es el resultado de tres años de investigación
y numerosos viajes entre La Habana y Nueva York- tiempo durante
el cual el equipo curatorial discutió el papel de los museos vis- à-vis
las comunidades que sirven. Desde su fundación en 1971 , el Museo
de Arte del Bronx ha desempeñado un papel vital en hacer el arte
accesible a los residentes locales a través de amplios programas de
educación como el Consejo de Adolescentes, que en los próximos
dos años va a colaborar con un grupo de jóvenes en La Habana .
El Consejo de Adolescentes del Museo del Bronx crea MuseZines
(pequeñas publicaciones) cada año. Este año, la revista incluye
nusetro arte y también arte de los jovenes de El Museo Nacional
de Bellas Artes, Instituto Pre-Universitario José Martí y la Academia
San Alejandro en la Habana, Cuba. Encontrará citas en toda la
revista del intercambio que hicimos este invierno y primavera. Nos
sorprendimos al descubrir cuánto tenemos en común.
Sending a quick emails
was not an option.
Instead we exchanged
objects that described
Envío de rápidos
correos electrónicos no fue
objetos que describían
Saber’s Story by Nick Rivera
Saber threw the match in the wood pile.
“The ritual is complete!” Saber yelled as the fire grew in exponential
size. “Now do I put out the fire?”
“ No need to young one” A mysterious figure said in a deep voice.
Saber turned in excitement and said “So you’re Azazel.”
“I am young one, now why am I here.”
“I wish death upon some people.” Saber said with a smile.
“If you know my name then you know how I work.” Azazel said.
“I’m already ahead of you,” Saber went into his book bag and
pulled out a necklace with a vile attached to it. “here take this.”
Saber said with a smile.
“A soul, you give me one sou!” Azazel yelled. “I think its the value of
the soul that counts, its the. soul of my wife.”
Saber said. “You are a crazy man, sadly for you this does not suffice
Azazel said. “What do you mean, I am giving you her soul, her soul
means a lot to me, it has to have value!”
Saber exclaimed. “It holds value to you, no value to me or to what I
Azazel explained. “You have wasted my time and I love my time, it is
precious to me. For wasting my time you will receive a nice
“ A punishment, go ahead do your worse, I prepared myself for
something like this, do it kill me!” Saber yelled irrationally.
“Death? No, death would be a blessing to a man such as you, instead
I will give a limit and until that limit has been meet you will not
die, all scars will heal, all pain will subside, you will be my immortal
puppet until your time is up.” Azazel said in a nice smile.
Saber laughed as a mad man as the curse was bestowed upon him.
“I will call you in the near future Puppet, until then live.” Azazel said
as he and the fire subsided.
“Hahahaha, Puppet I like the sound of that.” Puppet said. Puppet
left the forest and went into oncoming traffic.
As the car approached him at top speed all he does is wait there
q q q
Academia San Alejandro students were
invited to submit works to this year’s zine.
The works on the following pages presents the best
contemporay teen artists from Cuba.
“A mi me gusta el Baseball. Me gustaría como carrera el
Periodismo Deportivo.” - Paula (desde Cuba)
“Me gustaria ir a Cuba un dia para decirles
gracias en persona.” -Latchmi (from the Bronx)
“We don’t have internet access, though some
people do. For the most part, not everyone has a
phone. A good phone here is a samsung 3 or htc 1
or iphone 4s.” - Cuban teens
This drawing by Cristal Rivera was inspired by a sculpture
by John Ahearn that we saw when Teen Council visited his
studio for our annual artist interview.
To view the video go to: youtube.com/BronxTeenCouncil
Social Issues Posters
Inspired by the political works we saw in the BxMA
exhibition, “Imprint/In Print” we designed and made prints related to
contemporary social issues that matter to us in the Bronx.
Inspirados por las obras de arte político que vimos en la exposición
“Imprint/In Print” del BxMA diseñamos y realizamos grabados
relacionados con temas sociales contemporáneos que son
importantes para nosotros en el Bronx.
Text Description of Project. Add Photos of the process.
Teens: Alyssa Otero•Cristal Rivera•Delarys
Jefferson •Kenneth Guevara •Latchmi
Gobind•Leonardo Compres •Nikky
Gonzalez •Nikolas Rivera•Raldenys
Martinez •Vanessa Vargas
Staff: Hatuey Ramos-Fermín, Edwin Gonzalez,
Teens: Instituto Pre-Universitario José Martí
(MNBA): Rocio Callol•Kevin Ruffin•Roxana
González•Mauro Alejandro Iznaga•Katerine
Rivalta•Yaiza Frías•Paula Barreto•José
Jordan Muñiz•Karla Silva
Academia San Alejandro: Serlian Barreto•Jorge
Jose Fernandez•Emilio Perez•Andy
Mendoza•Mario Brino Alvarez•Yazmani
Jomarrón•Ernesto Chávez•Miguel Osorio
Staff: Yamir Macías (MNBA), Liritza Lopez
(MNBA), Lesmes Larroza (Academia San
Created in 2005, The Bronx
Museum Teen Council makes
contemporary art and culture
accessible to urban youth
through a series of different
platforms. Structured around the
production of MuseCasts, video
productions and MuseZines, (a
small magazine), Teen Council
is comprised of a group of
high school students working
closely with two instructors
in the Museum’s Media Lab.
Scheduled concurrently with
the school year, this 8-month
program provides teens with an
open forum for the expression
of ideas and dialogue on issues
affecting young people, and the
promotion of the Bronx as an
important cultural, political and
artistic force. For more details,
Teen Council is made possible with funding from
the New York State Council on the Arts with
the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
and the New York State Legislature, New York
Yankees Foundation, Pierre and Tana Matisse
Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, William
Randolph Hearst Foundation, and Anonymous.
Wild Noise is supported by the Ford Foundation
and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, with
additional funding from Bespoke Travel, Bronx-
Lebanon Hospital Center, Charina Endowment
Fund, The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation,
Fundación Amistad, Laura Blanco and Robert F.
Shainheit, The Liman Foundation, Milton & Sally
Avery Arts Foundation, and RLA Conservation
of Art & Architecture. Special thanks to Lindsey
Frank, Esq. of Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard,
Krinsky & Lieberman, P.C.