There are 35 pieces in the Cuban art show at City Café. | Courtesy of UofL

If you happen to stop in for lunch this month at City Café, you’re going to get a whole lot more than just a Cuban sandwich and a side of corn chips. The popular downtown lunch spot is hosting an art show featuring Cuban artists, and proceeds go to students in the University of Louisville’s department of planning.

The exhibit, which features 35 pieces, is being put on by UofL’s Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods, and most of the art has been personally donated by professor John Gilderbloom, who obtained the art through dozens of trips he made between 1997 and 2016.

Some of the well-known artists in the show include Nelson Dominguez, whose work can be seen at Cuba’s National Museum of Art; José Fuster, who is known for creating campaigns against sexual repression and exploitation in Cuba; and prominent African-Cuban artist Salvador Gonzales Escalona, whose work has been censored by the Castro government.

The sale ends Saturday, April 1. | Courtesy of UofL

“This is the most comprehensive collection of Cuban art in Kentuckiana, and I am excited to share it for such a good cause,” says Gilderbloom in a press release. “I thoroughly enjoyed my trips to Cuba and collecting this artwork, and I hope buyers will see the value in the pieces. That the proceeds will benefit UofL student scholarships also is very meaningful to me.”

As he notes, the money made will be used for scholarships for graduate school students in the department of planning. Some of the recent undertakings from the department include the “Plan for West Louisville” project and the “Painted Ladies” book project.

The Cuban art show will hang at City Café through Saturday, April 1. Pieces range in price from $99-$999. City Café is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and is located at 505 W. Broadway.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."