If you didn’t know, October is Archtober, a.k.a. Architecture and Design Month in New York City. It is a month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in NYC. One of those events is happening tonight (October 12) at 6pm in Cooper Union: a round table discussion and film screening of Unfinished Spaces, an award-winning documentary about an ambitious arts project in Cuba.
About Unfinished Spaces
Cuba will count as having the most beautiful academy of arts in the world.
-Fidel Castro (1961)
This documentary, produced and directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murry, uncovers Cuba’s ambitious National Arts Schools project that was designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro’s Revolution but is now neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.
Three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro in 1961 and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. They created a radical and visionary design for the school and soon, classes for dancers, musicians and artists from all around the country found a haven. But in the wake of the Revolution and the rapidly shifted political climate, the architects and their vision were deemed irrelevant and were cast aside. The documentary watches how, 40 years later, the schools are still in use but are in disarray and how Castro has now invited the architects to return and finish their unrealized dream.
You can view the trailer here.
This documentary is also airing on PBS tonight:
UNITED STATES TELEVISION PREMIERE ON PBS “VOCES” SERIES
Fri., Oct 12, 2012 @ 10:00 p.m.
(CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS, dates/times may vary by station and region)
About the Round Table Discussion
We at Redesign were lucky enough to be invited to the Round Table Discussion at Cooper Union. The discussion will include Diana Agrest, Patricio del Real, Unfinished Spaces co-creators Benjamin Murray and Alysa Nahmias. It will be moderated by Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa and will explore the impact of architecture on revolution and the role of revolution in shaping architectural expression.
Location: In The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues.
If you are not available to attend this screening, check out other opportunities to attend a screening here.