Viva Cuba! Viva Obama!

by Chris Murray on December 18, 2014

tupacGovinda Gallery director Chris Murray in Havana, holding Danny Clinch’s photograph of Tupac Shakur. Copyright © Carlotta Hester/Govinda Gallery Archive. All Rights Reserved.

It has been one of the highlights of my work at Govinda Gallery to have organized four exhibitions in Havana, Cuba, as well as three exhibitions of Cuban photographers at Govinda Gallery. Every one of the exhibitions featured extraordinary work by extraordinary artists. I was inspired by the overwhelming response that these exhibitions received. The Cuban people are among the most wonderful people in the world. Cuba itself is a land of breathtaking beauty and possesses a culture that is rich, vibrant, and dynamic. The dialogue regarding art of all kinds in Cuba, music, poetry, dance, painting, theater, photography, and more, is at the highest level.

I am so glad for the initiative taken yesterday by the presidents of both the United States and Cuba. As a dear friend of mine wrote me today from Havana, “We are always, since the Big Bang, we are brothers because God or the science made our rocks under the sea just to be the same rocks, so we are together for ever.”

Here are the exhibitions that Govinda Gallery organized in Cuba as well as the exhibitions of Cuban artists at Govinda Gallery, with the invitation visual from each show. We are currently organizing the exhibition Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964 to be shown in Havana next winter at Fototeca de Cuba featuring Ted Russell’s photographs. I wish to express my gratitude to Nelson and Liudmila, Lourdes Socarrás Ferrer, Mario Diaz, Pupo, Guille Vilar, Abel Prieto, and all my friends at Fototeca de Cuba in Havana.

Korda: Photographs of the Cuban Revolution
June 15-July 21, 2001
Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C.
figueroa-che“Guerrilleo Heroico, 1960 Copyright © Alberto Korda. All Rights Reserved.

Jose Figueroa: Photographs of Contemporary Cuba
June 15-July 21, 2001
Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C.
fig1Jose Marti Copyright © Jose Figueroa. All Rights Reserved.

La Revolucion del Rock & Roll: 1956-2000
Joel Brodsky, Danny Clinch, Anton Corbijin, Barry Feinstein, Jill Fermanovsky, Glen E. Friedman, Claude Gassian, Godlis, Greg Gorman, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, Daniel Kramer, Astrid Kirchherr, Siegreid Loch, Chris Makos, Gered Mankowitz, Jan Olofsson, Charles Peterson, Mick Rock, Amalie Rothschild, Max Scheler, Mark Seliger, Kate Simon, Pennie Smith, Jurgen Vollmer, Dick Waterman, Alfred Wertheimer, and Baron Wolman
May 22-June 22, 2002
Fototeca de Cuba, Havana
Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix, London 1967. Copyright © Gered Mankowitz. All Rights Reserved.

Roberto Salas: Photographs
June 20-August 9, 2003
Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C.
salasEntre Santos y Orichas. Copyright © Roberto Salas. All Rights Reserved.

Walter Iooss Jr.: Baseball Classico
March 4-March 31, 2004
Fototeca de Cuba, Havana
cuba_baseball_kids_fHavana, 1999. Copyright © Walter Iooss, Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Bob Gruen: Los Anos en Neuva York
December 21-January 30, 2006
Fototeca de Cuba, Havavna
gruen-cubaJohn en la Estatura de la Libertad. Copyright © Bob Gruen. All Rights Reserved.

Carlotta Hester: Viaje Elemental
December 28-January 30, 2006
Galeria de la Biblioteca Ruben Martinez Villena, Habana Vieja, Cuba
carlotta-cubaEn quien te convertiras Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Comments

    • Nelson

      GREAT!
      I´m very happy!!!!

    • Nelson

      GREAT!!!!

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