Cuba Libre, Please

Referring to a pre-Castro Cuba, the Smithsonian’s website states, “Havana was then what Las Vegas has become.” Frequented by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, and Ernest Hemingway, Cuba was indeed a self-indulgent escape from everyday life. And for a mere $50 roundtrip ticket, regular Joes were also able to get a taste of the tropical paradise. Celebrate the freedom to consume without declaring allegiance to the hammer and sickle at FIU’s Frost Art Museum. The museum’s “La Habana Moderna” exhibit explores Havana’s culture and politics from 1902 (the year of independence) to 1959 (the year things went to crap). “La Habana Moderna” contains works from well-known graphic designers and artists such as Conrado Massageur and Mario Carreño. Though, according to Jon Mogul, cocurator of the exhibit: “Mostly what we’re showing are not pieces by famous individuals, but rather items that reveal something about Havana, its cultural life, and its built environment.” So expect to see architectural drawings, photographs, posters, magazines, and advertisements. The opening reception will take place Wednesday at 6 p.m., and the exhibit will be up through January 2. Admission is free. Call 305-348-2890 or visit
Wed., Oct. 13, 6 p.m., 2010


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