"CUBA: November 2015" Featured Through June 6, 2016

May 06 2016
Category: The Arts

The Arts Alive exhibition CUBA: November 2015, a series of photographs by Ithaca-based photographer Sheryl Sinkow, is on display in the lobby of the Gannett-Tripp Library through June 6, 2016.  Prior to President Obama’s trip to Cuba in March 2016, Sinkow had traveled to the island in November 2015 to explore the streets of Havana and a small mountainous town of Viñales. Having agreed to participate in a collaborative poetry show at the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca titled “Lyric Visions,” Sinkow was on the lookout for subject matter that paralleled Michelle Courtney Berry’s poem Miranda Remembers Cuba, 1974. On exhibit in the GTL  is the resulting photo–poetry collaboration, as well as other photos from Sinkow’s November trip. Additionally, Sinkow’s photo collage on American writer Ernest Hemingway is accompanied by his famous book Old Man and the Sea, a novella inspired by his interactions with the Cubans whose lives greatly depend upon the waters surrounding their island nation. Hemingway lived in Cuba from 1940 -1960.

This exhibition celebrates an historic moment in American history. Read the following words by President Obama on the significance of his trip to Cuba in March 2016:

“It’s humbling to be the first U.S. president in nearly 90 years to visit a country and a people just 90 miles from our shores. Like so many Americans, I’ve only known the isolation that has existed between our two governments. I was born in 1961, the year of the Bay of Pigs invasion. A year later, a Cold War confrontation over Cuba pushed the world as close as it’s ever been to nuclear war. As the decades passed, the mistrust between our governments resulted in heartache for our two peoples, including Cuban Americans, many of whom have endured decades of separation from their homeland and relatives.

I’ve come to Havana to extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. I’m here to bury the last vestige of the Cold War in the Americas and to forge a new era of understanding to help improve the daily lives of the Cuban people.”  -- https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/cuba