CUBA: From the Rooftops to the Streets

September 17 – October 22, 2016

Reception: Saturday, September 24, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

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Cuba is just 90 miles from the Florida Keys, and yet over half a century of political differences and restrictions have made this island seem a world away. The Rye Arts Center invites you to explore the rich culture and beauty of this distant neighbor through the photography of JoAnn Cancro in CUBA: From theRooftops to the Streets.

“Cuba is to me an untold story and every photograph provides another chapter, another layer of depth to its narrative.” says Cancro, whose stunning photographs capture the crumbling beauty of the colonial Spanish architecture as well as the enduring spirit of an oppressed people. As you explore Cuba through her lens, you will see cityscapes in disrepair, dancers and musicians, sturdy American cars, and people going about their lives – each speaking volumes with a glance. Throughout the collection, vibrant colors are juxtaposed against bleak imagery, setting a tone that is both uplifting and disheartening.

Although diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba have started to evolve, travel between the nations remains restricted. “Knowing that most Americans may never have the opportunity to experience the country as it is today, my hope is to convey that despite living with very little, the people in Cuba are full of joy and dreams.” says Cancro.

JoAnn Cancro picJoAnn Cancro has been photographing for more than 20 years. Her works have been published in The New York Times, and featured in National Geographic Traveler’s Portrait Contest. She has ribboned in numerous juried shows and her work is collected internationally. The photographs documenting Cancro’s journeys through Cuba were exhibited at The Lake Placid Center for the Arts earlier this year.

This exhibition is the centerpiece of a series of events at The Rye Arts Center called Cuba! A Hot Celebration which celebrates Cuba’s culture through the arts. Events include Cocomama Dance Party (Saturday, September 24, 7:00 pm), The Colors of Cuba: Children’s Workshop (Saturday, September 17, 10:00 am), Family Times In Cuba Workshop (Saturday, October 1, 3:00 pm), The Ground Glass Meeting: Exploring Cuba (Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 pm), and Book Signing with JoAnn Cancro (Saturday, October 22, 1:00 pm). Learn more>>

JoAnn shares her experience in the video from her exhibition at The Lake Placid Center for the Arts: