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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Cuban Photography after 1980: Selections from the Museum’s Collection

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 – Sunday, Jun. 4, 2017

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With Fidel Castro’s death in November 2016, the Cuban Revolution lost its political and spiritual leader. For many Cubans, however, the utopian aspirations promoted by Castro since the 1950s wavered earlier. Cuban Photography after 1980 features images from the MFAH collection by contemporary photographers who have responded in multilayered ways to the Cuban ideals under which they were raised.

Many of these photographers started working during the explosion of creative activity in Cuba in the 1980s and continued beyond the “Special Period” of the 1990s, when the collapse of the Soviet Union and the continued trade embargo by the United States and U.S. allies brought extreme hardship. Withdrawing from the epic themes of Castro’s regime, these artists focused instead on everyday life in introspective, metaphorical, and ambiguous works that are nevertheless concerned with greater social issues.

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission: MFAH Members-FREE Adult-$15 ($14 Online); Senior (65+) $10 ($9 Online); Youth (13-18) $7.50 ($6.50 Online); Child (12 & younger) FREE; Military (ID Required) $10; Student (ID Required) $7.50 Ticketed exhibitions require an additional admission charge. Free Hours: FREE THURSDAY 10 am - 9 pm

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Free parking is available in four outdoor street-level lots north of the Law Building. Two are along Main Street: one at Bissonnet one at Oakdale; and two are off Montrose Boulevard: one at the Glassell Studio School and one at the Glassell Junior School. Overflow parking is available at Park Plaza parking garages at 1200 Binz and 1201 Hermann Drive. Located directly east of the Beck and Law buildings the MFAH Visitors Center at 5600 Fannin features a four-story covered parking garage. The easy-to-find parking entrance is on Binz marked by a large yellow arrow. Parking Fee is $6 all day.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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