Embracing Beauty Amid Austerity

The Art of Film in Cuba
Erick Grass
Institute of Superior Arts, Cuba

The Global Education Center and the Art and Design Department Present
Wednesday March 10  11:30am
Calcia Hall Room 135

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Global Education Center International Visiting Scholar and Cuban art director Erick Grass will discuss the search for an aesthetic and metaphoric understanding of social and individual reality in Cuban films since 1959. Though lacking financial and technological resources, Cuba is immensely rich in culture and history.  In spite of its austerity, its directors, actors, producers and technicians are dedicated to creating a representative production system that preserves and examines its historical and cultural memory.    Mr. Grass will illustrate the lecture with selected images from his own films, prime examples of the search to embrace austerity while keeping alive the art of film. Erick Grass is one of Cuba’s leading theater, dance and film designers.  He was the art director of such major Cuban movies as El Benny, Madrigal, Vertical Love and Broken Gods, and received Cuba’s “Caracol” award for art direction many times.   His latest film, Broken Gods, recently earned him the Best Art Direction prize at the 17th Latin American Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island and at the Iberian American Film Festival in Ceará, Brazil.  In the world of dance, Mr. Grass designs for the Lizt Alfonso Dance Company of Cuba, for the Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba and for the National Ballet of Cuba. He is a professor of scenic design at Cuba’s world famous Institute of Superior Arts (ISA) as well as a professor of art direction in the Dominican Republic’s leading film school.

Faculty wishing to bring classes should contact simonW@mail.montclair.edu or x4185 to ensure sufficient space.