Cathryn Griffith is a photographer, graphic designer and book artist. In addition to art projects, she enjoys public speaking and leading guided tours to Cuba. A graduate of Wellesley College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Cathryn lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Cathryn has a deep respect for the history embodied in architecture, having been raised on land near Erie, Pennsylvania, that had been settled by her great-grandparents. She researched and wrote about the Musée d’Orsay in Paris the year that it opened. Her appreciation of architectural preservation awakened, she subsequently undertook a multi-dimensional project entitled Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage that documents the history, preservation, and present uses of Havana’s most important buildings and urban spaces.
The project includes exhibitions, installations, talks and a lavishly illustrated book published by W. W. Norton containing essays by leading Cuban authorities on the city’s restoration and preservation, whose rigorous examination of Havana provokes exploration of the ways we look at all cities.
The most recent addition to this project is a 40-minute video “La Habana: 500 años” honoring the founding of the city of Havana in 1519, which will be celebrated in Havana on November 16, 2019.
Cathryn’s work was exhibited in the Havana Biennial 2009 and a collection of her photographs are on permanent exhibition at the United States Embassy in Havana.
She has had solo exhibitions at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University; the Centro Hispano-Americano de Cultura in Havana; the Erie History Center in Erie, Pennsylvania; the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida; Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida; the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery in Miami, Florida; Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and the St. Botolph Club in Boston, Massachusetts.
Cathryn also created a limited-edition handmade artist’s book, Weaving Hopes and Prayers, telling stories of five generations of women in her family. The book was acquired for their permanent collections by the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Public Library, Getty Research Institute, Mount Holyoke College, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Oberlin College, Smith College, Temple University, University of Utah and Wellesley College.
Further information about Cathryn Griffith’s activities in Cuba can be found at www.havanarevisited.com.