Architecture, Art and History – Past, Present, Future
On the occasion of the dedication of the Bronx Museum’s gift to the people of Cuba, we invite you to join us in a celebration of the history, art and architecture of Havana through an insider’s visit to major restoration projects, contemporary homes and private residences - not ordinarily open to the public, informal meetings with architects and designers for discussions of new initiatives and Cuba’s efforts to meet the challenges of the urban future.
Unlike most tours to Cuba, participants will come home with a deep understanding of Havana and its people, at the same time having experienced the great beauty of the contemporary city as it looks to the future.
Among those leading these conversations are:
Hermés Mallea, Cuban-american architect, author of numerous books about architecture in Havana such as “Great Houses of Havana” and "Havana Living today." He is the co-founder of the M group, an award winning architecture and interior design firm.
Andrea Blum, a New York based artist who designs work for Public Space in Europe and the United States that ranges in site and scale to include urban space, parks, exhibition design, libraries, domestic space, and furniture. Among many awards, she has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Graham Foundation Fellowship, and the SJ Weiler Fund Award.
Anthony Fontenot, a Professor at Woodbury University School of Architecture. He was a recipient in 2009 and 2010 of the Fellowship of the Society of Woodrow Wilson Scholars at Princeton University and was awarded a Getty Fellowship for 2010-2011. He is the author of numerous publications including and his interdisciplinary work has been exhibited at various venues including the Architecture Biennial in Venice, Documenta, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and A + D Museum.
Ken Saylor, a founding principal of Saylor & Sirola, a New York City based architecture, art and design consultancy. Saylor has designed numerous gallery and museum exhibitions and media installations with visual artists, curators and museums throughout the Americas, the European Union and the U.A.E. He has staged multi-media installations, civic engagements and large-scale exhibitions with visual artists, curators, and museums internationally.
Beth Stryker, the Co-Founder of CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research) a platform for urban research, architecture, art, and design initiatives based in Downtown Cairo. CLUSTER has received critical recognition for its work, including representation of Egypt in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2016), and the Curry Stone Design Prize (2017).
Tau Tavengwa, the founder and coeditor of Cityscapes, a biannual magazine/journal hybrid focusing on exploring and understanding cities in Africa; Latin America and South Asia. He is cofounder of Cityscapes Collective, a loose collection of academics, designers, journalists, artists, filmmakers, architects and designers and urban culture practitioners based in Cape Town, South Africa, whose flagship project is Cityscapes magazine, now entering its 6th year