15 January to 15 February 2009
Cuban Art Space, 231 West 29th Street, #401 New York, NY 10001
On January 1, Cuba celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution in Santiago de Cuba, where it all started 55 ½ years ago with the rebel attack on Fort Moncada. That anniversary reminds us of the longest running unresolved conflict between the United States and a neighbor.
What is it about this small island of not quite 12 million human beings that drives U.S. administrations crazy? And is there light at the end of the tunnel with the new president-elect? We at the Center for Cuban Studies hope so.
To commemorate the anniversary and this history of conflict between our two countries, the Center for Cuban Studies is dedicating its Cuban Art Space to a graphic presentation of these 50 years, with photographs, posters, newspapers and magazines and books from our own extensive collection. Photographs by Raul Corrales, Alberto Korda, Liborio Noval, Roberto and Osvaldo Salas, Lee Lockwood, Constantino Arias and others will be shown alongside Cuba's great political posters and covers of Look, Life, Time and Newsweek; cartoons from Cuban and U.S. publications, screaming headlines from the NY Post, the Daily News, The New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune and other U.S. newspapers, covering the Bay of Pigs, the missile crisis, the Mariel boatlift, the battle over Elian, Fidel Castro's step back from power – and more.
The Cuban Revolution inspired apparently the best and the worst in both U.S. and Cuban journalists, artists, filmmakers and photographers. This exhibit will give just a taste of the millions of words and photographs, film and graphics that have accompanied the long march of the revolution. Hopefully, the exhibit will open the mind's eye to the absurdity of U.S. policy toward Cuba, and provide a few more nails in the coffin of that policy.
On January 23, also as part of the 50th commemoration, a 10-day festival of documentaries about Cuba, sponsored by the Center for Cuban Studies, will screen at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem (www.mayslesinstitute.org).
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Center for Cuban Studies
Hours: Tuesday - Friday (11:00 AM to 7:00 PM), Saturday (12:00 PM to 5:00 PM)