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«Dear Friends: Come join us as we celebrate Havana’s 12th Biennial. Experience the city transformed into one of the largest galleries in the world. ...»

The Art and Artists of Cuba

featuring the 12th Havana Biennial

May 20-27, 2015

Dear Friends:

Come join us as we celebrate Havana’s 12th Biennial. Experience the city transformed into one of the largest galleries in the world.

Art spills out of galleries, schools, historical sites, and public spaces with installations and performances taking place on street

corners and along the beautiful seafront promenade. The entire city comes together to celebrate the works of 180 artists from 45 countries around the world each of them addressing the biennial’s theme, “What Lies between the Idea and Experience.” Don’t miss the unique opportunity to take part in this extraordinary biennial while immersing yourself in the rich local culture and rhythms of daily life in Cuba. Our program has been designed to allow the group to meet local residents, artists, and professionals from all walks of contemporary Cuban life while exploring local landmarks significant to the country’s artistic heritage.

This trip is limited to 24 participants, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to make your reservation today!

Warm regards, Aleksandra Matic Associate Director of Member Travel The Art Institute of Chicago Itinerary Havana: Wednesday, May 20 L,D Depart Miami bound for Havana.

Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at La Moneda Cubana followed by a city orientation tour by bus led by architectural historian Ayleen Robaiyna. The tour will include a visit to the wonderful Riviera Hotel which, when it opened in 1958, was considered a marvel of modern design.

Transfer to the Parque Central Hotel, ideally located in Old Havana.

Havana: Friday, May 22 B,L,D Enjoy a private cocktail reception followed by a welcome dinner on the hotel roof. Today is the opening day of the biennial. Depending on what biennial-related events are happening, the itinerary Havana: Thursday, May 21 B,L,D for today may be modified.

This morning, enjoy a carefully crafted walking tour of Old Enjoy a morning lecture by Professor Ricardo Torres on “The Havana with the opportunity to speak to local residents and Changing Faces of Cuba’s Economic Structure.” shopkeepers. Of all the capital cities in the Caribbean, Havana has the reputation of being the most splendid and the Spend the rest of the morning visiting various exhibits of the fin

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This morning, enjoy a roundtable discussion, “Living in After lunch at El Ajibe, visit the Instituto Superior de Arte Cuba Today,” led by Dr. Rena Pérez, formerly with the Min- (ISA). The school consists of five departments: music, istry of Agriculture and an advisor to the Ministry of Sugar. ballet, modern dance, theater, and fine arts.

Continue on to the new Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: Continue on to the 331 ArtSpace studio to view the works Arte Cubano accompanied by curator Lucila Fernandez. of three young and emerging artists: Adrian Fernandez, The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is actually divided into Frank Mujica, and Alex Hernandez.

two sections, occupying two buildings: the Cuban Collection and the International Collection. The museum always Spend the balance of the afternoon enjoying visits to the hosts special bienial exhibits which the group will enjoy. biennial exhibits.

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This morning, hear about US-Cuban Relations from Professor Raul Rodriquez from the University of Havana.

After the discussion, visit La Finca Yoandra to learn about urban gardening. The effects of the Special Period and consequent food shortages have had great repercussions in the city of Havana. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a newly opened restaurant attached to the urban garden.

Program Costs and Inclusions Trip Price: $4,720 per person Single supplement: $870 per person Group size is limited to 24 travelers.

Includes all internal air, all hotel accommodations based on double occupancy, meals as listed in program (B,L,D), all tours, excursions, sightseeing and porterage, full lecture program, pre-departure materials and reading list, and the services of a local Cuban guide who will accompany the group throughout the trip.

Does not include international airfare into and out of Cuba, visa fees for Cuba, excess luggage charges, medical expenses, trip insurance, gratuities, and items of a purely personal nature.

Reservation Instructions To confirm your space on this trip, please fill out and sign the accompanying application form, and return it to the Art Institute’s Member Travel department with a deposit check in the amount of $500 per person and a very legible photocopy of the photo page(s) of your passport(s).

Please make checks payable to “Distant Horizons.” Your deposit is refundable up to 90 days prior to departure less a $250 per-person administration fee.

Travel insurance information will be mailed to you upon receipt of your deposit.

Also, please note that due to the charter flight schedules we strongly recommend that you overnight in Miami on May 19.

This travel program is specially designed for Art Institute members. For more information or to become a member,

please phone the Member Travel department at (312) 443Mail application to:

The Art Institute of Chicago, Member Travel Department, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 Please note that this trip is subject to the renewal of the Art Institute of Chicago’s People-to-People license. The Art Institute of Chicago’s tour operator, Distant Horizons, is a California Seller of Travel (CST #2046776-40) and a participant in the California Travel Restitution Fund. Information regarding the rights of California residents to make a claim may be found at tcrcinfo.org. California Law requires certain sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. Distant Horizons has a trust account.

Regina Mamou The Art Institute of Chicago: Member Travel, Cuba

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12th Havana Biennial Established in 1984, long before the worldwide boom of biennials in the mid-1990s, the Havana Biennial has become an important meeting place for artists from all over the world, especially emerging artists from non–Western countries. For an entire month, the vibrant metropolis of Havana is transformed into a sprawling, citywide exhibition as both Cuban and international artists take over urban spaces, galleries, and cultural institutions. The past several biennials have showcased increasingly sophisticated and poignant works by Cuban artists, a telling sign of how Cuba is changing.

The 2015 biennial will include the work of approximately 150 artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States. The works of these artists will be shown in different spaces and galleries throughout the city, often in very spectacular locations. Under the theme “Between the Idea and Experience,” the 12th biennial will exhibit a group of works from artists that reflect this chosen thesis. The biennial organizers are interested in using art to explore the wide spectrum of problems that affect us daily in our countries and in our relations with the rest of the world. They expect the 12th biennial to focus less on specific topics and more on the creative process. It intends to expand the efforts of previous biennials involving the local and professional communities in the country.

The organizing curators have said, “The projects to be carried out in Havana must bear an effect upon its inhabitants, either through the latter’s participation in their concept and achievement or through the presentation of the works as a live social laboratory. We would like to have the diverse scales of the urban network—universities, research centers and everything that makes integration possible—used as location and working material. We wish to favor the intersections between different art expressions such as dance, theater, music, the cinema, and literature, considering the semantic wealth that hybridization contributes to what we understand as visuality. The basic idea is to grant these crossings a leading role instead of being mere backdrops. Hence, our interest in extending an invitation for the confluence of artists and specialists in other disciplines.”

The curatorial team of the 12th Havana Biennial includes:

Director and Curator Jorge Fernandez Torres Artistic Director and Curator Margarita Gonzalez Lorente Curators Nelson Herrera Ysla, José Manuel Noceda Fernandez, Margarita Sanchez Prieto, Ibis Hernandez Abascal, Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda, and José Fernandez Portal Application Form

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Tour Price Includes: Educational program of lectures and discussions, roundtrip airfare on charter flights between Miami and Cuba, accommodations in hotels as outlined in the itinerary based on double occupancy, all meals listed, one drink with lunch and one with dinner, bottled water kept on the bus, sightseeing and excursions as listed, transportation in a deluxe air-conditioned motor coach, the services of a Distant Horizons tour manager and of a local Cuban guide, a Cuban visa, all basic gratuities, and mandatory health insurance and evacuation required by the Cuban Government which provides $25,000 worth of medical coverage and $7,000 worth of medical transportation.

Visas: Distant Horizons will issue the necessary Cuban visa for all non-Cuban-born tour participants. Distant Horizons cannot be held responsible in any way for any cost incurred if they are denied entry into the country upon arrival even with a valid visa. It is the traveler’s responsibility to verify that all details of their visa are correct.

Tour Cost: Based on rates of currency exchange at time of printing (November 2014) and is subject to change with or without previous notice. If there is a price increase prior to the day of departure in the basic costs, such increases may be passed on to the participant.

Tour Price Does Not Include: Domestic airfare to and from Miami, Miami hotel, meals not specified in the itinerary, personal items such as laundry, email, fax or telephone calls, liquor, room service, independent and private transfers, departure tax of 25 CUCs in Cuba, and excess luggage charges. Any increases in the in-tour airfare (included as part of the program cost), security, or fuel surcharges imposed after the initial pricing of this program are not included. Airfare is subject to change without notice by the airlines.

Cancellations: Distant Horizons and the Art Institute of Chicago reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason, including insufficient number of participants, and to decline to accept or retain any person as a participant at any time. Should this happen, refunds will be made without obligation, although we cannot be held responsible for any additional costs already incurred by participants.

If a participant cancels, the following refunds will be available upon written notice of cancellation to Distant Horizons:

Notice more than 90 days prior to departure: a refund less a $250 cancellation charge Notice between 89 days and 60 days prior to departure: a refund less 50% of trip price Notice between 59 days and 30 days prior to departure: a refund less 75% of trip price No refund shall be issued if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to departure date.

No refunds shall be issued after the tour has commenced. No refunds shall be issued for occasional missed meals, sightseeing tours, or any unused services.

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