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Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art: Alberto Korda

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Jorden Schnitzer Museum of Art
1430 Johnson Ln.

Aug. 13, 2013 to Jan. 26, 2014


“Korda and the Revolutionary Image,” a new exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, features photographs of such historical figures as Fidel Castro, Raúl Corrales and Che Guevara, taken by Cuban photographer Alberto Korda. The exhibition is on view in the JSMA’s Focus Gallery through Jan. 26, 2014.

“When most people hear the name Fidel Castro, they think of the controversial leader as depicted in the American media; but this exhibition shows a very different version of Castro,” says June Koehler, JSMA Assistant Curator. “We see him and his entourage fishing, playing golf, and learning to ski. The images in the exhibition present relaxed, even intimate moments in the lives of some of the 20th century’s most well-known political figures.”

Included in the exhibition is “Guerillero Heroico," Korda’s iconic image of Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. On March 5, 1960, Korda attended a Havana memorial service for the 81 victims of the La Coubre explosion, during which he took several photographs of Castro as well as French intellectuals Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre.