Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman
About the Exhibition
Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman consists of twenty-nine, 6 x 7 1/2 ft. photographs taken by the artist between 1999 and 2010. Over more than a decade, Eastman captured Havana’s changing cultural landscape in his images of the city’s architecture and lush interiors, ravaged by the effects of time. His large-scale photographs evoke the nostalgia and wealth of a bygone era, while shedding light on the harsh economic realities faced in present day Cuba. While in Havana, Eastman photographed a number of subjects, from the interiors of homes along Ambassador Way, to stairwells and music schools, to abstract patterns found on the exteriors of buildings. Eastman is known for his richly colored photographs, which he captures with his 4 x 5 camera. This exhibition will be the first to explore the depth and range of Eastman’s Havana photographs. Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman is organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and curated by Alison Amick.
About the Artist
Michael Eastman has established himself as one of the world’s leading contemporary photographic artists. The self-taught photographer has spent four decades documenting interiors and facades in cities as diverse as Havana, Paris, Rome, and New Orleans, producing large-scale photographs unified by their visual precision, monumentality, and painterly use of color. Eastman is most recognized for his explorations of architectural form and the textures of decay, which create mysterious narratives about time and place. He continues to resist the digital movement, capturing his images on film and printing them himself.
Eastman’s photographs have appeared in Time, Life, and American Photographer, and they reside in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and other prestigious institutions. His books include Vanishing America (2008, Rizzoli) and Horses (2003, Knopf), which is now in its fifth edition. Eastman lives in St. Louis.
Faded Elegance: Photography of Havana by Michael Eastman premiered at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (September 9 – December 31, 2011). The exhibition is available for a twelve-week presentation period. Please inquire for current availability.
$17,000, plus shipping. Participation fee includes courier fees. Shipping and prorated expenses will be calculated once the exhibition schedule has been arranged. Label and didactic information will be provided on CD.
Michael Eastman’s full-color publication Havana (Prestel, 2011) is a vivid and poetic tribute to a vibrant, unique city and culture. This hardcover book includes over 100 color illustrations, in addition to an introduction by Achey Obejas and interview with Vicky Goldberg.
Number of Photographs
29 photographs, 90 x 72 in. (framed)
Light levels not to exceed 15 foot candles
For curatorial inquiries, please contact Alison Amick at (405) 278-8208 or email@example.com. To discuss booking or shipping arrangements, please contact Erika Katayama, registrar, at (405) 278-8214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.