Feb 20 Wed
Educational Program


February 20, 2013
6 pm

Cuba's ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro's revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.

In 1961, three young architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. Construction of their radical design began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed, with dancers, musicians, and artists from all over the country reveling 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 deisgns were deemed irrevelant 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.
(2011, 86 min.)


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