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American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora
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A stunning exhibition on Celia Cruz

I first visited the Museum a couple of years ago, after it had just opened and it had an excellent... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2019
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American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora

The décor is a study in stark and white, the building is not large but it shows strong. The current... read more

Reviewed January 21, 2019
387indy
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Coral Springs, Florida
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Reviewed January 2, 2017

Miami’s latest museum, only recently opened, is a relatively modest building, albeit with a classical façade that reflects museum architecture of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora (those who left everything behind in search of a better life elsewhere) aims to explore the history, culture and contribution the Cuban Diaspora has given to arts and society. While it is based in Miami it seeks to serve a wider community using art and other forms of expression.

The first exhibition is on the work of the American-Cuban artist Luis Cruz Azaceta, who left Cuba in 1960, when he was 18 years old, later travelling to Europe where the work of Spanish artists such as Goya had a great impact on him.

His work explores not only the difficulties of those who left Cuba, often in rafts and small boats, risking their lives in shark-infested seas and those who, remaining in Cuba, where bombed, imprisoned and tortured. The exhibition includes a timeline showing his life against that of events in Cuba.

His work also examines other situations of terror, in Cambodia and in the USA with the Oklahoma bombing in 1993 and 9/11.

The Museum had a difficult start. With a $10 million grant from the Miami-Dade General Obligation Fund in 2004, the arts group was able to buy and begin renovations on the former rehearsal home of the Florida Grand Opera's Arturo di Filippi Center on Coral Way. With the recession in 2011, funds were temporarily suspended, work was halted and the building deteriorated with roof leaks.

Funds became available again at the end of 2013, enabling redevelopment to continue. The two-story building now has four gallery areas, a 110-seater lecture theatre and a quiet reflective garden at the rear. The white walls, marble floors and elegant staircase are reminiscent of old Florida homes and provide elegant spaces for a changing programme of exhibitions and other events.

Car parking is available in the streets nearby.

Date of experience: December 2016
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