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450 Years of Cuban Architecture in 45 Minutes


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The Cuba that we know lies beneath a crumbling facade, the silent victim of the relentless family feud between the Castro brothers and the aging exiles in Miami’s Little Havana. While true that most of Cuba’s architectural heritage is in irreparable ruins, there are priceless treasures that have been lovingly maintained, often hidden from even the most observant visitor’s eye.

Local photographer Brent Winebrenner was given unprecedented access to Cuba’s finest buildings while traveling throughout the country, producing images for Rizzoli’s The Splendor of Cuba. The coffee table book, recognized by the Washington Post as one of the best photography books of 2011, was written by Michael Connors and designed by the legendary designer Massimo Vignelli. The beautifully illustrated work spans 450 years of Cuba’s very rich and oversized architectural patrimony.

Join Brent Winebrenner for an entertaining and enlightening survey of Cuba’s architectural heritage. Along the way, he’ll provide an overview of the social, economic, physical and political forces that shaped the continually evolving Cuban architectural trends - from the early colonial period until May 1, 1961, the day that Fidel stopped time and declared Cuba a socialist state.

Brent Winebrenner is a freelance photographer, filmmaker, and producer. He taught location lighting and editorial photography at Brooks Institute and is currently on the faculty of the Eclipse Photography Institute.

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by photographer Brent Winebrenner on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7 pm. Mr. Winebrenner will present an illustrated talk entitled “450 Years of Cuban Architecture in 45 Minutes.” There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door.