Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Photography Trip January 5-12

Fund for Reconciliation and Development
145 Palisade Street, Suite 401, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
914-231-6270 www.cubapeople2people.org

Photo Workshop with Rich Pomerantz
January 5th – 12th 2013
*This itinerary is intended as a guideline, and subject to some change. Certain visits may have to be substituted or rescheduled as necessary Visits to home studios and galleries will depend on the availability of the individual artists we plan to visit since many of them frequently travel outside of Cuba

Saturday January 5th
6:00 a.m. Check in at Miami international airport Concourse J
10:00 a.m. Depart Miami for Havana via Marazul Charters Flight DL8876
11:00 a.m. Arrive in Havana and check into Hotel Ambos Mundos; lunch on your own
3:00 p.m. Walking tour through Old Havana especially Plaza Vieja talking with artists and vendors in the Diago Gallery and in the galleries on Obispo Street about how galleries and the art market function in Cuba today.
7:00 p.m. Lobster dinner at El Templete (included)

Sunday January 6th
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel (included)
10:00 a.m. Visit artist José Fuster in the neighborhood of Jaimanitas; his three-story home studio is surrounded by painting and ceramic sculpture, and he has now expanded his home art project to the entire Jaimanitas neighborhood. Meet with Fuster, his family, and local workers who help him on his community building projects.
12:00 Lunch at Fuster’s (included)
2:00 a.m. Visit artists studios in Vedado, eg, Alicia Leal and Juan Moreira, Jacqueline and Yamilys Brito, others
6:00 p.m. Return to hotel; dinner on your own
8:00 p.m. Visit La Cabaña fortress for the cannon blast ceremony that recreates the traditional cannon shot of the colonial period.

Monday January 7th
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel (included)
10:00 a.m. Trip to the Plaza Vieja, including the Centro Provincial de Artes Visuales and the Fototeca; meet with photographers Ludmilla Velasco, Nelson Ramirez, and others, at the Fototeca to talk about contemporary photography and how it differs from that of the early 60s and 70s.
1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
3:00 p.m. Tour of modern areas of Havana including Colón Cemetery, and Plaza de la Revolución, 5th Avenue in Miramar, and the Hemmingway Mariana
6:00 p.m. Visit to the historic Hotel Nacional; dinner on your own

Tuesday January 8th
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel (included)
9:00 a.m. Depart for Las Terrazas which is a UNESCO –designated Biosphere Reserve where research is done on ecology and the environment. Meet with researchers about their work and with residents of this “new town” created in the 1960s about what led to the creation of the project, and the reforestation of the whole area
12:00 p.m. Lunch at Casa de Campesino (included)
2:00 p.m. Visit to the restored ruins of Buena Vista coffee plantation founded by French immigrants.
4:00 p.m. Visit with local artists Jorge Duporté and Lester Campa
5:00 p.m. Transfer to Viñales, ana rea declared a cultural landscape by UNESCO, and check in at Los Jazmines hotel; dinner overlooking the valley (included).

Wednesday January 9th
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel (included)
10:00 a.m. Visit the Indian Cave with a walk along the corridor shaped by ancient rock formations and take a boat ride along the San Vicente River on the stretch following inside the cave
12:00 p.m. Lunch on your own in the city center of Viñales, followed by time to mingle with town residents at the local market
3:00 p.m. Return to Havana via Pinar Del Rio
4:00 p.m. In the city of Pinar Del Rio, visit the Center for Cuban Studies humanitarian project with Down syndrome children in the printmaking workshop run by local artist Jesus Carrete.
7:00 p.m. Arrive in Havana and check into hotel; dinner on your own.

Thursday January 10th
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel (included)
10:00 a.m. Drive to the home/studio of one of Cuba’s best known artists, Manuel Mendive, in the community of San José de Las Lajas (included lunch)
2:00 p.m. Return to Havana and take a guided tour of the Cuban collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts
5:00 p.m. Meeting with older photographers who rose to fame in the 60s and 70s including José Figueroa, Roberto Salas, and Liborio Noval, together with younger artists who use photography and video in their conceptual work, like Mabel Poblet and Chile.
7:00 p.m. Return to hotel; dinner on your own

Friday January 11th
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel (included)
10:00 a.m. Individual selection of photos for printing and presentation to the “Graphical memory of Cuba” contest in the following categories: natural landscape and urban landscape
1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own at a local paladar
2:00 p.m. Visit to Ernest Hemingway’s home, and then visit the fishing village of Cojimar that inspired Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea
6:00 p.m. Discussion with Jose Viera, Rafael Hernandez, or Carlos Azulgaray about reforms in Cuba and bilateral relations
8:00 p.m.  dinner on your own
9:00 p.m. Attend a performance by Opera de la Calle

Saturday January 12th
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel (included)
9:00 a.m. Check in at José Martí Internation Airport Terminal #2
12:00 p.m. Depart for Miami on Marazul Charters Flight DL8877
1:00 p.m. Arrive in Miami

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