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COLLECTION Identifier: MS 3

Rafael Queneditt Morales papers

Scope and Contents

Photograph albums with black and white and color photographs of Queneditt’s artwork, exhibition brochures, loose photographs and slides (many with artist’s annotations). The Grupo Antillano portion includes visitors’ books, exhibition brochures, and materials relating to the 2014 Drapetomanía exhibition: correspondence, curricula vitae of artists, draft texts, financial documents, and publicity postcards.


  • 1968-2014

Language of Materials

Materials are in Spanish and English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Rafael Queneditt Morales (Cuba, 1942-2016) graduated from the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy in 1970, with a specialty in sculpture. By then he had already begun to exhibit, and in 1970 he participated in the famed Salon 70 exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes where he presented works in the categories of sculpture, engraving, and drawing. Between 1969 and 1972, Queneditt participated in 16 different exhibits, eight of them solo shows in Havana, Matanzas, Camagüey, and Isla de la Juventud. In 1978 Queneditt founded the art collective Grupo Antillano (1978–1983), which became a platform for the promotion of Afro-Cuban art that drew a distinguished group of visual artists, intellectuals, writers, and musicians seriously interested in Afro-Cuban culture. The activities of the group transcended the visual arts and effectively constituted a formidable Afro-Cuban cultural movement.


Materials are arranged in three series: Series I. Materials related to Rafael Queneditt Morales; Series II. Materials related to Grupo Antillano; Series III. Materials related to Drapetomanía exhibition.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 2017 by Harvard University with assistance from Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies, Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard University.

Processing Information

Collection was rehoused by the Weissmann Preservation Center and description converted to a finding aid in 2018.

Queneditt Morales, Rafael. Rafael Queneditt Morales papers, 1968-2014: Guide.
Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.
July 16, 2018
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Repository Details

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