A few years ago, the Wolfsonian-FIU museum had a huge hit with “Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction.” The immensely fun, multimedia exhibit spawned a book cowritten by Vicki Gold Levi, a collector who donated hundreds of Cuban design materials and ephemera from advertisements to rare sketches to the museum’s archives. Building on the momentum of her generous gift, the Wolfsonian follows their initial collaboration with “Cuban Caricature and Culture: The Art of Massaguer” from June 7, 2019 to February 2, 2020. Illustrator and graphic artist Conrado Walter Massaguer focused on political satire, tourism marketing and celebrity caricatures that were instrumental in defining Cuba’s global image in the first half of the 20th century. The show honors his legacy through iconic works including his covers for Life magazine and visuals depicting his “Massa-girls,” Cuba’s version of Roaring Twenties’ flappers. The exhibit naturally opens with a Cuban-themed party complete with live music and mojitos.
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