In 2001, photographer Gil Garcetti traveled to Cuba
for the first of what would be several visits to the country. Captivated by how
essential dance is to daily life in Cuba, Garcetti photographed dancers
in various contexts, from professional ballerinas to street performers. "Dance
in Cuba: Photographs by Gil Garcetti" — on display at the UCLA
Fowler Museum of Cultural History from April 22 through June 4 — is the first
museum exhibition of his images from the country and features a selection of
approximately 40 striking photographs, most from his new book, "Dance in Cuba."
Garcetti captures the essence of dance in Cuba. His rich black-and-white
photographs reveal that dance is uniquely embedded in the culture and spirit of
where Afro-Cuban dance, classical ballet, contemporary dance, flamenco and
street performance co-exist to include everyone. Garcetti had unprecedented
access to professional dance studios by collaborating with Alicia Alonso
(director), Miguel Cabrera (official historian) and prima ballerina Viengsay
Valdes of the famed Ballet Nacional de Cuba, as well as with Miguel Ferrer,
director of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, and others. He has used his camera
masterfully to freeze dramatic moments and chronicle this enigmatic country
with its flourishing dance traditions.
Known for his long career as a prosecutor and as Los Angeles district
attorney, Garcetti has spent more than 40 years as an urban photographer. His
photography books, "Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall" and "Frozen Music,"
have received critical praise in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The
Oregonian, The Washington Post and other publications. In 2003, his photographs
were the subject of an exhibition at the National
in Washington, D.C., and American Photo Magazine named
Garcetti one of the nation's master photographers.
"Dance in Cuba: Photographs
by Gil Garcetti" will
be on view in the Fowler
Galleria. Sponsorship provided by Porsche of Downtown LA.
The Fowler is open
Wednesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m.; and on Thursdays, from noon
until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fowler Museum,
part of UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture, is located in the north
part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Parking is available for $8 in Lot 4. For more information, the public may call (310)
825-4361 or visit http://www.fowler.ucla.edu.
6 p.m., Thursday,
Fowler Out Loud: UCLA's Afro-Cuban Ensemble
Groove to the music and dance of this fantastic Afro-Cuban
ensemble under the direction of renowned master drummer Francisco Aguabella.
2 p.m., Sunday, May 7
Tour "Dance in Cuba" with Gil Garcetti
a unique opportunity to stroll through the exhibition with photographer Gil
Garcetti as he offers insights into his images that explore Cuba's diverse dance culture.
Reception and book signing to follow.
7 p.m., Thursday, May
OutSpoken: "Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban
Havana's Tropicana club
was the epicenter of Cuban nightlife in the 1940s and 1950s — the destination
of choice for international celebrities, performers and the jet set. Rosa
Lowinger, journalist and co-author of the recent book "Tropicana Nights,"
recounts the evolution of the celebrated venue and explores the various dance
and music forms that developed out of the club, against the backdrop of a
A book signing follows the lecture.
1–4 p.m., Saturday,
A "World of Art Family Workshop": Capturing
Bodies in Motion
On this afternoon designed for adults and families with
children ages 10 and up, Gil Garcetti will lead a workshop on techniques for
capturing bodies in motion. Bring your own cameras and practice snapping shots
of UCLA students demonstrating various dances of Cuba in the studio. Free for
members; $15 for non-members. Reservations required: (310) 825-7325.