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Exhibition Detail
How Do Americans Imagine Cuba?
1200 Getty Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

August 25th, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
[Woman on the Street, Havana], Walker EvansWalker Evans, [Woman on the Street, Havana],
© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri, Sun 10-5:30; Sat 10-9. Closed Mondays and on January 1, July 4 (Independence Day), Thanksgiving, and December 25 (Christmas Day).
Free; reservations recommended.

Ever since Americans first likened Cuba to a damsel in distress two hundred years ago, when the island country was under threat from imperial Spain, we have seen Cuba as less of a country than an idea. The neighboring nation appears alternately innocent and menacing, culturally exotic or repressed by government, an Edenic place to escape or a retrograde regime from which refugees flee. With travel restrictions in place since the Cuban revolution, images and impressions have become even more powerful, as the rare legal way to see the land: 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. Olga Garay, executive director of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, moderates this panel with photographer Virginia Beahan, scholar Lillian Guerra, and musician Ned Sublette. Together they explore how images of the country have shaped and complicated its relationship with Americans. Presented with Zócalo Public Square. Complements the exhibition A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now

Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

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