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January 29, 2004

UMBC's Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery Presents Havana: The Revolutionary Moment

Havana: The Revolutionary MomentUMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Havana: The Revolutionary Moment, on display from February 9 through April 4, 2004. The exhibition, featuring the photography of Burt Glinn, is organized by Umbrage Editions, which publishes a companion book with the same title.

Havana: The Revolutionary Moment presents a unique collection of never-before seen photographs by veteran Magnum photographer Burt Glinn, recording Castro’s historic entry into Havana in January 1959. In his memoir, Glinn describes the combination of chutzpah and journalistic prescience that led him to leave a New York party and hop a plane to Havana on New Year’s Eve. Although this snap decision made Glinn one of three western photographers (and the only one still living) to accompany Castro during the revolution, the images have been virtually unseen since then. The photographs—of Castro thronged by his fellow Cubans along the road to Havana, of troops embracing, and of fierce men and women taking up arms in the streets—are full of the revolutionary fervor and idealistic anticipation that characterized this pivotal moment in Cuban history.

Studs Turkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Good War and Working, states, “It is an astonishing experience to simply look at Burt Glinn’s on-the-spot photographs of Fidel Castro’s 1959 triumphal march into Havana. It is a historic moment captured by a courageous master craftsman. What was touched on in the film Godfather II comes fully alive in this remarkable assemblage.”

Havana: The Revolutionary MomentAbout Burt Glinn
Burt Glinn first became known for his spectacular color coverage of the South Seas, Japan, Russia, Mexico and California. Collaborating with author Laurens van der Post, he has produced two books: A Portrait of All the Russias and A Portrait of Japan. Glinn was one of the original contributing editors of New York Magazine. He has authored editorial stories for magazines such as Esquire, GEO, Travel and Leisure and Fortune, and published reportage in magazines such as Life and Paris-Match, covering the Sinai War, the U.S. Marine invasion of Lebanon, Castro’s takeover in Cuba and the integration of schools in Little Rock. He is a past president of the American Society of Media Photographers, and a member of the Magnum Photographic Cooperative, having served at different times as its president and chairman of the board. He has received many awards, including the Mathew Brady Award as the Magazine Photographer of the Year from the University of Missouri and the Encyclopædia Britannica; and the Award for the Best Book of Photographic Reporting from Abroad from the Overseas Press Club. Glinn has had one-man shows at the Photographers Gallery in London, the Nikon Gallery in New York and three at the Sag Harbor Picture Gallery. Group shows include In Our Time at the International Center of Photography, New York and major cities; and Magnum Cinema, Magnum East, and 1968, at the Newseum, New York City and Washington, D.C. The International Center of Photography exhibited his Castro story in 1996 when they acquired many of the photos for their permanent collection. Born in Pittsburgh in 1925, Glinn lives in New York with his wife Elena Anastasia Prohaska and their nineteen-year-old son, Sam.

Havana: The Revolutionary MomentPublication
The photography exhibited in Havana: The Revolutionary Moment is published in a book of the same title by Umbrage Editions. The book, which contains 83 duotone photographs in 128 pages, is available in hardcover with a jacket, ISBN 1-8844167-09-8, and retails for $45.00. Havana: The Revolutionary Moment is distributed by powerHouse Books.

About the Publisher, Umbrage Editions
Umbrage Editions, based in New York City, is a packager of high-quality visual books, traveling exhibitions, and multimedia projects. Founded in 1991 by Nan Richardson, former editor of Aperture and editor of over 150 books for Random House, Twin Palms, Bulfinch, Abrams, and others, Umbrage Editions works on the creation of content-rich books, exhibitions, websites, theater productions, and CD-ROMs from their conception to development and final production. Umbrage Editions also offers many titles in foreign language editions. In the past, published works have varied in subject matter from pop culture to global human rights, from the closets of drag queens to the runways of fashion, from classic photojournalism to cutting-edge art.

Gallery Information
The Albin O. Kuhn Gallery serves as one of the principal art galleries in the Baltimore region. Items from the Special Collections Department, as well as art and artifacts from all over the world, are displayed in challenging and informative exhibitions for the University community and the public. Moreover, traveling exhibitions are occasionally presented, and the Gallery also sends some of its exhibits throughout the state and nation. Admission to the Gallery is free.

Havana: The Revolutionary MomentAcknowledgements
Support for the publication and exhibition of Havana: The Revolutionary Moment has been provided by Sidney Kimmel, Andrew S. Karsch, the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Fototeca de Havana. Its presentation at UMBC is supported in part by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Tuesday: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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Havana: The Revolutionary Moment


Posted by dwinds1 at January 29, 2004 12:00 AM