Symposium: Our Man in Havana

A Visual Tour of the City’s Faded Charms

With Sven Kirsten

I was lucky enough to spend altogether two months in Havana, first to photograph for Pete Moruzzi’s book Havana Before Castro in 2007, then in 2015 to film a German TV movie. It is heaven for any urban archeologist, offering a plethora of untouched, patina-covered examples of mid-century modern and tropical art deco architecture, all surrounded by vintage American cars. I could fill three lectures with my photos, join me to see the best.

Saturday, July 1, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Red Lion Timberline Room (lower level)
Included with any weekend Pass, open seating on a first-come basis. Please arrive early to ensure seating. Tickets are not available at the door.


About Sven Kirsten

Sven Kirsten is widely acknowledged as the father of the Tiki Revival, inspired by the publication of his Book of Tiki in the year 2000. Since then he has published two more definitive volumes on Tiki style, bringing to light its modernism and its Hollywood aspects. He lectures and continues to write books on Tiki, advises on Tiki projects, and designs Tiki ceramics. Sven’s wide-ranging interests in 20th Century pop culture exotica include Mayan Revival style, American fraternal orders, mid-century modernism, American Indian romanticism, and the amazing stylistic melting pot of Havana.

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