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May 17–October 2, 2011 at the Getty Center


Admission to the Getty Center and to the exhibition is FREE. For visitor information, see information on planning a visit or call (310) 440-7300. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for performances, lectures, seminars, and courses.

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Echoes of the Avant Garde: Cuban Architecture from the 1930s into the 1960s
Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez, a Havana-based architect, urban planner, and professor of design, describes trends and influences in Cuban architecture, from the Eclectic Style reflecting the colonial legacy to Art Deco and the International Style. Many examples are captured in the photographs presented in the exhibition.

Thursday, July 21, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

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Eyes on Cuba: Reflections of a Photographer and an Anthropologist
Alex Harris, whose photographs appear in the exhibition, and Ruth Behar, professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and author of An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba, discuss how their respective projects give voice to Cubans and express the poetry of life on the island through words and images.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Panel Discussion

How Do Americans Imagine Cuba?
With travel to Cuba restricted, images and impressions have shaped the way many Americans imagine the neighboring nation: the poor but vibrant Havana of Walker Evans; the cigars and bars of Ernest Hemingway; contemporary shots of streets brimming with decades-old cars and bordered by centuries-old buildings. This panel of artists and scholars—including Virginia Beahan, Lillian Guerra, and Ned Sublette—moderated by Olga Garay, explores how images of Cuba have shaped and complicated its relationship with Americans.

Thursday, August 25, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Point of View: Artist Talk
Cameraman Alexander Calzatti (I Am Cuba) and photographer Natasha Calzatti share their behind-the-camera experiences of Cuba as they present an in-gallery exploration of the exhibition. Free; sign-up begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Museum Information Desk on the day of the talk.

Saturday, June 11, 2011, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Curator's Gallery Talk
Judy Keller, senior curator of photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Free; no reservations required. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Thursday, August 25, 2011, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® featuring Omara Portuondo
Ninety Miles featuring Stefon Harris, David Sanchez, Christian Scott

Scorching traditional rhythms, infectious improvisations, and nostalgic torch songs are celebrated in this special Cuban-themed evening headlined by Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club®. Tickets are available at or by calling (323) 850-2000.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 8:00 p.m.
Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068

Sol and Cuba, Old Havana, Looking North from Alberto Roja's 1951 Plymout / Alex Harris

Film Series

Soy Cuba!
This four-part film series examines both the beauty and brutality of Cuba from various perspectives. Free; a separate reservation is required for each film.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Our Man in Havana (1960, directed by Carol Reed)

Saturday, June 11, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
I Am Cuba (1964, directed by Mikhail Kalatozov)

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 12:00 p.m.
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968, directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Lucia (1969, directed by Humberto Solas)

Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Gallery Course

Picturing Cuba—Photography in Context
This course places the photographic legacy of the Cuban Revolution in perspective, framed by the allure of Cuba to foreign photographers and independent Cuban photography. Session I convenes at the Getty Center to view the exhibition A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now in the context of the 1930s through the 1970s. Session 2 convenes at the Museum of Latin American Art to focus on photography in Cuba from the 1980s to the present. Course fee $35; $25 students and MOLAA members. Open to 30 participants.

Part 1: Saturday, June 11, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Getty Center: Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall and Museum galleries
Part 2: Saturday, June 18, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Museum of Latin American Art

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Culinary Workshop

Taste of Cuba
Travel to Cuba through photographs documenting three critical periods in Cuba's history and explore the history and culinary traditions of this island nation. Participants prepare and enjoy a class meal inspired by traditional ingredients and recipes. Course fee $75. Open to 20 participants. Tickets on sale beginning July 21, 2011.

Thursday, August 25, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Repeats Friday, August 26, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Private Dining Room