If you ever arrive in Cuba with an appetite for some kickass architecture, put the National Art Schools project on your must-see list. If a ticket to Cuba’s not on your horizon, make a note to get to Bragg’s Pie Factory at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 16.
The campus was envisioned by three young artists and commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in the early 1960s. Constructed on top of a former golf course in Havana, the architectural masterpiece was home to artists, dancers, and musicians from around the country. Soon after the campus was nearly complete, the Revolution peaked, and Art Schools was forgotten and abandoned.
Decades later, the project was rediscovered, re-inhabited, and revisited by Castro and architects, who are now subjects of Unfinished Spaces, a documentary that will screen at 1301 Grand Avenue. No Festival Required hosts the free screening.