Cuban Art New York
125 West 18th Street
NYC, NY 10011
T 212 463 0071
About Alan Boss
Alan Boss first fell in love with Cuban art and culture in the summer of ’59, when he swooned to the sounds of a Cuban band at the Catskills resort where he worked. Since that first teenage encounter, Alan has traveled to the Caribbean island many times and been involved with various Cuba-related projects. He co-produced Bette Wanderman’s, A Cuban Legend: The Story of Salvador Gonzalez, about a visionary whose breath-taking mural work, music, and choreography transformed a Havana alley into a world-renowned outdoor art and performance space. Using recordings from his own collection of more than 2,000 LPs, Alan and collaborating record producer Jack O'Neil created the four-CD Cuban retrospective set, I Am Time, nominated for a GRAMMY® Award. Other projects have included Una Harley Recorre la Habana, Juan Carlos Alom’s documentary on Havana’s vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and the limited edition lithograph, Panorama de la Habana, Vista tomada desde Regla—a five-color sepia-toned work requiring 22 pieces of film and old technical methods to best reflect the integrity of the original engraving by Ed. Willmann done for the Universelle des Beaux-Arts in Paris, 1855.
Alan also hosts Cuban and other art projects at Metropolitan Pavilion, an event space he founded in 1991 in the Ladies’ Miles Historic District in Chelsea. In 1996, the lush and detailed landscapes of Lester Campa were exhibited at the Pavilion in conjunction with the nearby Center for Cuban Studies. In 1998, Metropolitan Pavilion showcased Maferefún Cuba, featuring 17 Cuban artists exhibiting Santeria-inspired art and performances by El Grupo Afrocuba de Mantanzas, a 50-year-old group specializing in invocational Afro-Cuban ritual music and dance. At Metropolitan Pavilion in April 2007, the watercolors of Cuban artist Jorge Duporte adorned the walls for the 8th Annual Havana Film Festival’s opening night party welcoming Cuban film star Jorge Perrugorria as special guest. In June 2007, notables Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte joined other guests at Metropolitan Pavilion for the 35th anniversary party for the Center for Cuban Studies. Throughout this time Alan has expanded Metropolitan Pavilion to meet demand for New York venues of distinction and versatility. Originally 10,000 square feet, Metropolitan Pavilion today consists of 52,000 square feet of event space, including 20,000 contiguous square feet in the main pavilion, featuring oak floors and architectural highlights original to the turn-of-the-century building.
Metropolitan Pavilion’s offices are decorated with the Santeria-inspired work of Salvador Gonzalez Escalona.
Alan lives in the nearby Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife Helene, who assists with running CubanArtNYC.com. They have two children, Julien and Sofia.