Friday, October 8, 2010

FIU museum exhibit offers glimpse of pre-Castro Havana,

Posted on Thursday, 10.07.10
FIU museum exhibit offers glimpse of pre-Castro Havana

FIU's Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum takes a look at pre-Castro
Havana, and the international connections that helped mold the city.
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A new exhibit at Florida International University's Patricia & Phillip
Frost Art Museum examines Havana in the decades before the Cuban Revolution.

The exhibit, titled La Habana Moderna and presented by The
Wolfsonian-FIU, looks at how international cultural and commercial links
contributed to the capital city's identity before Fidel Castro's rise to

It opens Wednesday at the museum's Wolfsonian Teaching Gallery on the
school's main campus, 10975 SW 17th St., and runs through April 24.

According to the school, the exhibit looks at the period between Cuba's
independence from Spain in 1902 and the overthrow of the Batista regime
in 1959, which witnessed rapid urban expansion and a range of efforts at
national self-definition.

Drawing on The Wolfsonian's collection, housed in Miami Beach, the
exhibition presents the influence of Havana's international connections
with the United States, Latin American and Europe. A variety of media
will be on display, including photographs, architectural drawings,
record albums and advertising.

La Habana Moderna is the second exhibition presented by The Wolfsonian
with the Frost Art Museum's collaboration.

For this exhibition, the museum has collaborated with Professor Marilys
Nepomechie of theFIU School of Architecture, who is teaching a course
titled ``Hotels: Miami and La Habana at Mid-Century.''

The Frost museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and
noon to 5 p.m. Sunday (closed on Mondays).

For more information, visit or call 305-348-2890.

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