Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Hemisphere: ¡Cuba, Cuba! 65 Years of Photography

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Hemisphere: ¡Cuba, Cuba! 65 Years of Photography

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¡Cuba, Cuba! 65 Years of Photography BY THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY. Southampton Arts Center, August-September 2015.

The over 100 photographs and political posters in this exhibit capture playful, criminal, heroic, mundane, and melancholic moments from the last 65 years of Cuban history. Drawing on several collections featuring Cuban and American artists, the exhibit's curators, the Cuban art historian Iliana Cepero and Pauline Vermare of the International Center of Photography (icp), avoid easy stereotypes and instead artfully present Cuba's tensions and complexities. One stunning image shows the American mobster-entrepreneur Meyer Lansky dressed in a white tuxedo jacket, smiling broadly in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Habana Riviera, which he owned. …

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