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Reception for Site Specific: Contemporary Cuban Photography and Film

Selections from The Madeleine P. Plonsker Collection of Contemporary Cuban Photography & Imperfect Cinema: Respond, Work, Play

Time: 7:00 pm

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Weitz Commons & Perlman Teaching Museum

Contact: Sally Pierce, x4531

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Talk: 7:00 pm, Larson Family Meeting Room (236), Weitz Center
Reception
: 7:00–9:00 pm, Perlman Teaching Museum

Selections from The Madeleine P. Plonsker Collection of Contemporary Cuban Photography

The Perlman Teaching Museum is honored to present this selection from the Madeleine P. Plonsker Collection of Contemporary Cuban Photography. Since her initial visit to Cuba in 2002, Plonsker has built a significant and wide ranging collection, a portion of which is now on view in our gallery. 

The photographs chosen for this exhibit were selected for their evocative connection to a specific sense of Cuba in space and time. The more than 25 artists represented turn an inquisitive and descriptive lens on a unique place, offering viewers points of access from afar. Together they illustrate what Plonsker characterizes as the artists’ “restless energy, controlled by infinite patience.”

Please join us for a celebration and talk with Plonsker and visiting artists on February 28th starting at 7 pm.

Imperfect Cinema: Respond, Work, Play

A series of three programs of short films curated by Carl Elsaesser, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies.

Taking its cue from the title of the canonical essay by filmmaker and scholar Julio García Espinosa, this exhibition upholds a politic of imperfection, or as García Espinosa says, a “partisan" and "committed" poetics, a "committed" art, a consciously and resolutely "committed" cinema — that is to say, an "imperfect" cinema.

Suspending traditional modes of cinema, these filmmakers seek personal and political agency through alternative and direct practices with film. Starting with two foundational figures in Cuban nonfiction cinema, the series moves through a history of alternative filmmaking practices, from the directly political (Respond), the indexical or observational (Work) to the playful (Play). While these films vary in tone and content, they all uphold a sense of the radical possibilities of imperfection for an active cinema that demands the audience watch, watch again, listen, take part in, do not ignore.

Exhibit dates: January 10 - April 26, 2020

This event occurs on:

  • Friday, February 28th, 2020