cuba

Bob Gardener Cuba Exhibit

In case you haven’t yet seen Robert Gardener’s spectacular “Cuba as I See it” exhibit in Room L-129 here at the library, this week gives you one last chance. Robert Gardener recently returned from Cuba as part of a cultural “Art Exchange” program that allows American citizens to visit Cuba under existing embargo laws. The exchange emphasized interaction with a variety of arts as well as participation in the everyday life of the people. Bob spent several days in Havana and Trinidad, photographing the old, colorful, and restored structures of both cities.

Havana and Trinidad both offer the visitor a rich experience of bustling streets filled with farm tractors, old cars and trucks, children everywhere, men on horseback, street vendors, bicycle and horse drawn taxis, smells of rich coffee brewing, food cooking, laughter and music everywhere.

The selections he has chosen are designed to give you a sense of the people, lifestyles, architecture and arts of today’s Cuba, before they become inevitably changed by increased tourism and outside influences.

This week is your last week to see it! Come on in.

Taking Cuba In

Cuba: What Everyone Needs to KnowFor someone like me who was born “somewhat recently”, I’ve only known one kind of Cuba: Castro’s Cuba. I hazily remember history lessons on JFK and the Bay of Pigs, but I’d like to get a better handle on the subject. So, I’m reading Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know by Julia Sweig. Her writing style is keeping me interested, and her firsthand, recent experience of living in Cuba is giving me a view I didn’t see before.

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