Roadside billboard in Santa Clara, 2002
Cuba Photographs on Exhibit at Getty Museum

Virginia Beahan’s photographs are included in an exhibition entitled “A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now” at the Getty Center from May 17 through October 2, 2011. A selection of her work is available for viewing by appointment at Rose Gallery in Santa Monica.

From the Getty press release:

“Virginia Beahan’s work concentrates on the landscape’s relationship to history and culture. In 2001, she began a multiyear project on Cuba, photographing its topography in search of remnants of the island’s diverse past. The work resulted in a publication in 2009 titled Cuba: Singing with Bright Tears. Beahan’s Cuba is a land of contradictions, full of disappointments and hope, decay and rejuvenating beauty, simultaneously anchored to the past while looking beyond the present.”

Click here to read the press release

“Cuba Under the Lens at the Getty Museum”
By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2011

Excerpt from article:

“But the photo of the revolutionary leader that best encapsulates the show’s themes and conveys the tensions of the country in its crosshairs isn’t a picture of Che exactly. It’s Virginia Beahan’s 2004 image of a shoe store in the central Cuban city of Camagüey. A portrait of Guevara dominates the shop’s window display, but there isn’t a single pair of zapatos in sight.”

Read the full LA Times review

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