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Traveling Exhibition

  • Raúl Corrales, La Caballeria (Cavalry), 1960. © The Corrales Estate, Havana, Cuba. Courtesy The International Art Heritage Foundation.
  • Lee Lockwood, Two boys pose with the latest album by the Beatles, Vedado, Havana, 1965. © The Lee Lockwood Estate. Courtesy The International Art Heritage Foundation.
  • Unknown Photographer, A rebel sits in the baby carriage of ex-dictator Fulgencio Batista’s youngest daughter in Cuquine, Batista’s farm on the outskirts of Havana, January 1, 1959. Courtesy The International Art Heritage Foundation.
  • Andrew Saint-George, Che Guevara relaxing in his room at La Cabaña fortress drinking Mate (a traditional South American drink made from Yerba Mate), 1959. © Andrew Saint-George. Courtesy The International Art Heritage Foundation.
  • Flip Schulke, Hats and Machetes in Revolution Square during the July 26th celebrations in the first year of the triumph of the Revolution, Havana, 1959. © Flip Schulke. Courtesy The International Art Heritage Foundation.
  • Osvaldo Salas, Comandante Camillo Cienfuegos and Captain Rafael Ochoa at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, 1959. © The Osvaldo & Roberto Salas Estate, Havana, Cuba. Courtesy The International Art Heritage Foundation.

Cuba in Revolution

The Cuban Revolution of 1959 was one of the most spectacular political events of the twentieth century. A dramatic chapter in the Cold War, the improbable overthrow of the dictator Fulgenico Batista by a ragtag band of young Communist guerillas and intellectuals occurred just ninety miles from the United States. Tracing the movement from the triumphal entry of the rebels into Havana on January 1, 1959, to the abortive Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, this exhibition shows the tremendous influence of photography in recording and encouraging the revolutionary movement in Cuba. Among the most outstanding works in this exhibition of rare vintage prints are Alberto Korda's famous portrait of Che Guevara titled "Heroic Guerrilla" and never-before-seen images of Che's death in Bolivia in 1967. The show features work from over 30 photographers, including important images of pre-Revolutionary Cuba in the 1950s by Constantino Arias as well as classic images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raúl Corrales, and Burt Glinn, among others. Cuba in Revolution explores everyday life in Cuba before and after the Revolution and considers the ways in which both Cuban and foreign photojournalists helped construct the image of the revolution abroad. The exhibition is organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis and independent curator Mark Sanders.

For information about this traveling exhibition, please contact travelingexhibitions@icp.org or 212.857.9738.