September 16, 2021, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
Experience the sounds of Cuba alongside the art of Cuba with an evening screening of the acclaimed documentary Buena Vista Social Club (1999) at the Brunnier Art Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition Arte Cubano.
Film Description: Traveling from the streets of Havana to the stage of Carnegie Hall, this revelatory documentary captures a forgotten generation of Cuba’s brightest musical talents as they enjoy an unexpected encounter with world fame. The veteran vocalists and instrumentalists collaborated with American guitarist and roots-music champion Ry Cooder to form the Buena Vista Social Club, playing a jazz-inflected mix of cha-cha, mambo, bolero, and other traditional Latin American styles, and recording an album that won a Grammy and made them an international phenomenon. In the wake of this success, director Wim Wenders filmed the ensemble’s members—including golden-voiced Ibrahim Ferrer and piano virtuoso Rubén González—in a series of illuminating interviews and live performances. The result is one of the most beloved documentaries of the 1990s, and an infectious ode to a neglected corner of Cuba’s prerevolutionary heritage.
Registration is encouraged but not required. Free and open to the public.
Program made possible through the generous support of the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.