Art Exhibition: Modern Havana

A new exhibit at Florida International University’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum examines Havana in the decades before the Cuban Revolution. The exhibition—“La Habana Moderna”—runs from October 13, 2010, until January 2, 2011 at the The Wolfsonian Teaching Gallery at The Frost Art Museum. The opening reception will take place on October 13, 2010.

By presenting a variety of materials from the collection of The Wolfsonian–Florida International University (magazines, photography, architectural drawings, tourist ephemera, and other media), the exhibition explores how international commercial and cultural links contributed to the emergence of a modern identity for the city in the decades before the Cuban Revolution. The exhibit looks at the period between Cuba’s independence 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 America, and Europe.

For this exhibition, the museum has collaborated with Professor Marilys Nepomechie of the FIU School of Architecture, who teaches a course titled “Hotels: Miami and La Habana at Mid-Century.”

The exhibition is made possible by financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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