Lass Gallery, Skillman Library
Sept. 17, 2015 – Jan. 15, 2016

Young girl sitting along the boardwalk by the sea in Havana.

Young Girl, The Malecón , Havana, Cuba. 2014

In December 2014, as cold-war hostilities isolating Cuba were poised to come to a historic end, David Katzenstein traveled to Havana as photographer in residence for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.  Katzenstein’s photographs capture Havana’s sounds, colors, and energy.  We can feel the powerful rhythms of the people on the Malecón; the colorful, bulbous cars that race through the city; the curio shop objects, juxtaposed like musical notes that quietly echo their revolutionary past; and the dancers and musicians that pulsate with the timeless energy of the Cuban tradition. Through his work, we see the present becoming the past in a new light.  Text and curation by Richard Grosbard.