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Works by Pioneer of Cuban Contemporary Art
Foothill Hosts First Solo Exhibition in the Bay Area
KCI Gallery (Building 4000; Lower Level)
November 07, 2012 - November 26, 2012
M–F, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Fragments (detail), 2012, José Manuel Fors
Foothill College presents José Manuel Fors: Ciudad Fragmentada, an exhibit of photo-based works by internationally recognized Cuban artist José Manuel Fors, depicting the multiple layers of Havana's crumbling architecture and its resilient people, Nov. 7–26 at the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) Gallery at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. This is the artist's first solo exhibition in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he has prepared a considerable amount of new works, including pieces and installations that will be created in situ. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in gallery. Fors will attend the opening reception and will provide a brief introduction to the exhibit. Admission is free; parking is $3. Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1956, Fors attended the San Alejandro Academy. Trained as a painter, he became a pioneer of the Cuban contemporary art renaissance as a participant in the groundbreaking Volume 1 exhibition in 1981. Fors uses photographic images to explore the themes of memory and nature. In José Manuel Fors: Ciudad Fragmentada, he examines the deterioration of Havana city through his signature style of tiny photographic images. "Between the architectural fragments can be found its people, objects and documents, all things that make up the city," Fors said. His work is represented in major public and private collections, including Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, California; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba, among others. In 2001, Fors's images were included in the Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The José Manuel Fors: Ciudad Fragmentada exhibit is part of a creative collaboration organized by Foothill College Photography Instructor Ron Herman, M.F.A., who led professional research trips to Cuba for Silicon Valley student photographers in 2010, 2011 and 2012. "This exhibition is just one of the many activities we've engaged in with our Cuban counterparts," Herman said. "In Cuba, we lectured, reviewed portfolios, exhibited our work, and photographed alongside Cuba's leading photographers. These activities played a vital role in bringing our two photo communities together to exchange ideas and information. I hope we'll see more creative collaborations with Cuban artists in the future." The José Manuel Fors: Ciudad Fragmentada exhibit is located in the KCI Gallery, on the lower level of the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College. The KCI Gallery is open Mondays–Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and for the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 22–25). Parking Lots 4 and 4-B provide stair and no-stair access to the KCI. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in student parking lots. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, is located off I-280 in Los Altos Hills. For more information on the José Manuel Fors: Ciudad Fragmentada exhibit, view the exhibit blog at
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Special Notice: Admission is free; parking is $3. Purchase required parking permit for $3 from dispensers in any student lot.

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