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Evanston Art Center Opening Reception, “Hershey: Affective Memories”

January 22nd, 2022 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Evanston Art Center 2022 Exhibition

Hershey: Affective Memories featuring the work of Luis Enrique Silvestre

EXHIBITION DATES: January 22 – February 20, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 22 from 1–4pm
GALLERY HOURS: Monday¬¬–Friday, 9am–6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am–4pm


The Evanston Art Center is pleased to invite the public to the opening of Hershey: Affective Memories featuring the work of Luis Enrique Silvestre!

This exhibition is curated by Cynthia Taboada, and organized by Alina Valle of Linea Contemporary Art.

“Hershey: Affective Memories” will bring a series of paintings of Luis Enrique Silvestre and his poetic around the theme of the fading memories over the little village of Hershey, a Cuban model town founded by the chocolate American Company of Milton Hershey around a sugar plant where Silvestre was raised by his grandparents. The decaying architectural structures and the City’s abandonment after the rise of the Cuban revolutionary government dialogs with his youngest memories, full of lyricism and melancholy. “The house I lived, my grandparents’ generation pride, and Cuba, deteriorated through the years. As if it refused to take more, my family centennial house was finally consumed by fire”. Silvestre is the only artist that portrayed Hershey’s model town through paintings, playing with real and imaginary places, with studies of shapes and colors that get us into a journey between abstraction and symbolism, and a mixture of feelings of belonging and scaping.

Luis Enrique Silvestre is a contemporary Cuban artist, born in 1966 in Havana, educated at the Escuela Provincial de Artes Plásticas San Alejandro (San Alejandro Provincial Arts School), ISDI Istituto Superior de Diseño (Superior Institute of Design), invited to join the prestigious ISA (Superior Institute of Arts) where he was mentored by artists such as Flavio Garciandía, Eduardo Ponjuán, exponents of the 80’s Generation movement. Silvestre is based in Brazil since 1999, when left Cuba, after a decade of severe effects of the economic crisis sparked by the fall of the Soviet Republics. His works are incorporated in private and museum collections such as the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the Museum of Contemporary Arts – University of Sao Paulo (MAC USP, Brazil). He had several individuals and collective shows in Brazil, Spain, Ecuador, and at the Red Dot Fair in Miami”.

-Cynthia Taboada, Curator

Hershey: Affective Memories will be on display in the Evanston Art Center’s Second Floor Gallery + Atrium from January 22 – February 20, 2022. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. This project is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, The W Collection, and EAC’s general membership.

Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.

Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am–4pm. First and second floor gallery spaces are accessible. Limited free parking is available.

Due to COVID-19 protocol, when arriving at the EAC during our Gallery Hours, all visitors are required to wear face masks. Please adhere to 6′ social distancing requirements when in the gallery space.

For more information, please visit us online at or contact Cara Feeney, Director of Exhibitions, at (847) 475-5300 or Visit the Evanston Art Center on Facebook:, follow us on Twitter:!/evartcenter, or on Instagram: @EvanstonArtCenter.



January 22nd, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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