MIAMI – Hundreds of advertising posters, photos, banners, clothes and other objects from Cuba before 1959 form part of an exhibition inaugurated Friday in Miami Beach.
“Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction” will run through Aug. 21 at Florida International University’s Wolfsonian Museum.
The exhibition was made possible largely to a woman who confesses that she was seduced by Cuba.
Vicki Gold Levi, a septuagenarian retired editor who grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, donated much of her massive Cuba collection to the Wolfsonian.
The exhibit includes images of U.S. celebrities such as Joseph Kennedy, Ernest Hemingway, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, and of legendary Cuban artists such as Benny More, Celia Cruz and Olga Guillot, the latter also represented by dresses they wore on stage.
Also on display are photos of anonymous U.S. tourists enjoying cocktails and Cuban cigars, and dancing to the rhythms the island gave to the world: the mambo, the cha-cha, the conga and others.
When asked what she likes about Cuba, Gold responds, “its people, its music, everything.”
“I couldn’t be happier,” Gold told EFE, beaming as visitors view her treasures and hopeful that U.S.-Cuba relations will return to what they were prior to the triumph of Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1959, which led to a breach that ended only last summer with the re-establishment of diplomatic relations.