Lafayette College will host several events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month during the fall semester. To kick-start the celebration, Havana Rhythms, an exhibition of photographs by David Katzenstein from a recent visit to Cuba, opens Thursday, September 17 and runs through January 15. Its striking images are on display from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily in the Lass Gallery of Skillman Library.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a gallery talk by photographer David Katzenstein will be held at noon on Mon., Sept. 21 in the Gendebien Room of Skillman Library. Later, Lafayette faculty members who traveled to Cuba in 2015 will hold a panel discussion at 4:15 p.m. in the Gendebien Room. Nestor Gil, department of art, will serve as moderator.
The exhibit and talks are free and open to the public.
In December 2014, as cold-war hostilities isolating Cuba were poised to come to a historic end, David Katzenstein photographed Havana’s sounds, colors, and energy. From these photographs, we feel the powerful rhythms that people create while interacting on the Malecón, as colorful, bulbous cars race through the city, mirrored by curio shop objects, juxtaposed like musical notes that quietly echo their revolutionary past. Today the photographs of the dancers and musicians pulsate with the timeless energy of the Cuban tradition. Through his work, we see the present becoming the past in a new light.
Sponsored by Skillman Library, Friends of Skillman Library and Hispanic Heritage Month at Lafayette.
For more information, contact Diane Windham Shaw, college archivist, (610) 330-5148, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Three Women, The Malecón, Havana, Cuba 2014, ©David Katzenstein