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Visitors won't want to miss the large-format photography exhibition featuring works by internationally acclaimed photographer Michael Eastman at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman will be on display through December 31, and consists of twenty-nine, 6 x 7 1/2 ft. photographs taken by the artist between 1999 and 2010.

For more than a decade, Eastman has 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 is the first to explore the depth and range of Eastman's Havana photographs.

"The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is pleased to be able to present such a fine sampling of Michael Eastman's famous photographs of Havana, Cuba," said Glen Gentele, president and chief executive officer. "Visitors to the exhibition will be captivated by Eastman's images. They portray the grand elegance of Cuba's past while providing a lens through which we can experience the dramatic interiors and architecture that has survived the passages of time."

Based in St. Louis, 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.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City's Arts District, at 415 Couch Drive. Visit the Museum online at okcmoa.com, or call 405-236-3100 for additional information.





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