Cuba: Forbidden Fruit – June 12 to August 7, 2015
Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center presents a new photography exhibit, Cuba: Forbidden Fruit, by Hudson Valley landscape and travel photographer Nick Zungoli. The opening reception with the artist will be held on Friday, June 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the Conference Center. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain on view through August 7.
In Cuba: Forbidden Fruit, Zungoli shares his visual impressions from a month-long visit to Cuba. He was granted the opportunity to travel to the Caribbean island nation through the People-to-People Cultural Exchange Program. For the first time in his 30year career as a color photographer, the artist chose to present this body of work in black-and-white. The images reveal the gritty textures of Havana, the people, retro cars and culture. Some of the striking contrasts of Cuba include the stately grace of its decaying architecture and the infectious joy of people living under a socialist economy and American embargo.
Although most photographs of Cuba reflect the country’s vibrant colors, the artist explains that, “You see the old cars, the crumbling and austere architecture and then you go out into the countryside and people are taking public transportation drawn by horses. People are farming with oxcarts. For me, it seemed like the whole country pre-dated color film. I just wanted to portray it the way I felt it, that surreal experience.”
Cuba: Forbidden Fruit is part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features rotating art shows. Exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385. For more information about Orange Regional’s Healing Arts Program visit www.ormc.org/art.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.