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Film Screening: Double Feature: Two Documentaries about Cuba at the UCLA Fowler Museum

Sunday, October 23, 2011
Fowler Museum Auditorium
Free program


Double Feature Screening schedule:


2:00 PM
Havana Postmodern: The New Cuban Art
(1988, 54 minutes)
Filmmakers Coco Fusco, Robert Knafo and András Mész examine the state of Cuban art and artists during the 1986 Havana Biennial. Interviews with artists (including José Bedia) and students at Cuba’s top art school touch upon art, censorship, scandal, self-expression and making a living as an artist in a socialist society. A closing Q & A with curator/scholar Judith Bettelheim highlights the present state of contemporary art in Cuba.


3:30 PM
Unfinished Spaces
(2011, 84 minutes)
Following their emotional exile from Cuba in 1965, three architects—Roberto Gottardi, Ricardo Porro and Vittorio Garatti—return forty years later to finish what was considered the world’s most spectacular and futuristic art school, which was left to ruin by the country’s Revolution.


In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.


Co-sponsored by the UCLA Latin American Institute and UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.

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