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National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba



Dear Friends,

For the first time, Cuba’s National Symphony Orchestra is touring the U.S. and will be in the NYC area for only one performance, Saturday, October 27. We are buying a block of orchestra seats for friends of the Center — it will be great to have us there together — so if you would like to participate, let us know ASAP so we can send you a ticket (preferably today or tomorrow!). With luck we will have the physical tickets for our opening on October 11. The seats are $40 each (as you can see from the link to Lehman;s web site).

Call us at 212 242 0559 to reserve your seat with us — of course, you can also simply order tickets directly from Lehman.
Most important is that we want us PRESENTE!

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National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba

Corina Matamoros-Raul Martinez: La gran familia

Please Join Us
for a special presentation by author and curator

Corina Matamoros Tuma
Contemporary Cuban Art Curator
National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba

in celebration of the seminal monograph Raul Martinez: La gran familia
Wednesday, October 3rd 6-8 pm
Books for sale at special reduced price (cash only)

RSVP info@the8thfloor.org

The 8th Floor
17 West 17th St
New York City

Co-hosted by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the Bronx Museum of the Arts

Corina Matamoros-Raul Martinez: La gran familia

Revolution of Forms: Cuba’s Forgotten Architecture Schools

John Loomis, Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahmias

Wednesday, 7pm

Revolution of Forms: Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools examines the convergence of architecture, ideology, and culture in 1960s Cuba through the design of the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (National Art Schools), conceived and initiated by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara soon after the Revolution’s victory. The utopian vision of architects Ricardo Porro, Roberto Gottardi, and Vittorio Garatti integrated issues of culture, ethnicity, and place, reinventing architecture just as the Revolution hoped to reinvent society.

As the utopian dream succumbed to dystopian reality, construction was halted and the architects fell out of political favor. The 2011 documentary Unfinished Spaces explores the current state of the schools and follows the exiled architects, who were invited back by Castro to finish their unrealized dream. Revolution of Forms author John Loomis will be joined by Unfinished Spaces co-directors Benjamin Murray and Alysa Nahmias for a conversation on the history of the schools and their rediscovery as visionary architectural masterpieces, now officially recognized by the Cuban government as national treasures.

NYC’s Architecture and Design Bookstore

MON — SAT, 11AM — 7PM, Thursdays UNTIL 9PM

Revolution of Forms: Cuba’s Forgotten Architecture Schools