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Picturing CubaArt, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora$
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Jorge Duany

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400905

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400905.001.0001

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From Burning Paintings to Domestic Anxieties

From Burning Paintings to Domestic Anxieties

Shifting Cultural Relations between the United States and Cuba and between Cubans on and off the Island

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Picturing Cuba

Jorge Duany

University Press of Florida

Jorge Duany examines the shifting cultural ties between Cuba and the United States since 1959, and how they have reframed relations between Cubans on and off the island. Duany argues that the cultural politics of Miami’s Cuban community have changed substantially because of demographic and generational transitions over the last three decades. Until the 1980s, Cuban artists and other intellectuals in the United States had limited contact with their island counterparts. However, it is now customary for U.S. museums and galleries to collect and exhibit artworks produced in post-1959 Cuba without much protest or opposition from Cuban Americans. Although some exile artists and critics still believe that U.S. cultural institutions should not display such artworks, the fault lines between Cubans residing on the island and abroad seem more porous than in the past. The author concludes that the visual arts may serve as cultural bridges across the Florida Straits.

Keywords:   U.S. cultural institutions, Cultural politics, Miami’s Cuban community, Cuban Americans, Exile, Museums, Galleries, Visual arts

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