Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban Art

Don’t know if you all have heard, but Jorge Santis over at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art has pieced together a 70-piece collection of Cuban art entitled “Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban Art.” Some of the artists are exiles, others are nationals. Some are dead, others are still alive. Some of the artists despise the [c]astro regime, others support it (and are supported by it financially), and others choose to steer clear of politics in their work.
Santis claims in an article in the Sun-Sentinel that he is nervous about the reaction to this “all-inclusive” collection. There are several contentious pieces, especially one which can be interpreted as a Christlike presentation of photographs of [c]he’s dead body. Another painting is exactly the opposite — it displays [f]idel with a mouth spewing guns, prisoners and doctrine. These diverse works of Cuban art are pieced together in three segments: “Paradise Lost,” “Risking Life and Limb” and “Unbroken Ties: A New Reality.”
Here are the details of the show:
Where: Museum of Art, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
When: Through Oct. 28; open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
Admission: Adults $6, seniors and military $5, students, educators and ages 12-18 $3. Ages younger than 12 free. Free Thursday evenings 4-7 p.m.
I’m definitely going to check it out when I return to Miami in June. While I fully expect to be disgusted with some of the pieces, I feel that they depict an important aspect of our history that should not and cannot be ignored. As long as they are shown in a fair and balanced exhibition, then I am willing to pay a few bucks to see the collection.
If any of you stop by, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to post in the comments or e-mail me at laprimerageneracion@gmail.com