Cuban photos are focus of new Sheldon exhibitions

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Cuban photos are focus of new Sheldon exhibitions

Detail of Michael Eastman's "Red Couch, Havana" photograph, which is featured in a new exhibition at Sheldon Museum of Art.
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Detail of Michael Eastman's "Red Couch, Havana" photograph, which is featured in a new exhibition at Sheldon Museum of Art.

Sheldon Museum of Art is featuring a pair of new exhibitions that explore the complex history of Cuba.

The exhibitions, “Michael Eastman: Havana” and “Roberto Salas: Pictures from the Revolution,” are open through July 29. Admission to the museum is free.

“Michael Eastman: Havana” features largescale photographs of Cuba’s capital. The imagery, captured by Eastman, transport viewers to the streets and interiors of the decaying urban landscape in Havana. The photos resonate with stories and echoes of the city’s inhabitants and culture.

Eastman is one of the world’s leading contemporary photographic artists. He is self-taught and has spent five decades documenting interiors and facades in cities such as Havana, Paris, Rome and New Orleans.

Drawn from Sheldon’s permanent collection, “Roberto Salas: Pictures from the Revolution” presents significant moments from the Cuban revolution and intimate portrayals of its leaders. Salas, a New York–born Cuban photographer, has lived and worked in Havana since 1959.

Both exhibitions are featured in a First Friday celebration, 5 to 7 p.m. June 1. The event, “Verbena Street Party,” will feature live Latin music, food, drink and access to Sheldon’s summer exhibitions. The First Friday event is free and open to the public.

Other free summer events at the Sheldon include:

A Conversation with Michael Eastman, 6 p.m., June 8 — Eastman and Wally Mason, Sheldon’s director, will discuss the photographer’s Havana images.

Teen Night, 5 to 7 p.m., June 15 — High school students are invited to explore Sheldon through an evening of art making and music. The event will include food and giveaways. The event is free, but registration is required. Teen Night is presented in partnership with The Bay.

Family Day, 1 to 4 p.m., July 15 — Sheldon is holding a celebration of Cuba with a fiesta designed for families. The event will feature activities and refreshments inspired by Cuban culture. Other activities include a crafting zone and the chance to dance or enjoy live Latin music. Family Day is sponsored by the Lincoln Arts Council.

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