Pregones | Winter 2018
A newsletter providing seasonal updates about CHC collections, exhibits, and events

Director's Statement

Dear Readers:
It is with great enthusiasm that I write my first letter as the Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC). I am both humbled and honored by the privilege of leading the largest repository of materials on Cuba outside the island and the most comprehensive collection of resources on Cuban exile history and the Cuban diaspora anywhere. Five pioneering and visionary Cuban women began building this unrivaled collection as early as the 1960s, and today, under new leadership and a full complement of faculty and staff, we stand on their shoulders to uphold this significant legacy as we enter into a new phase of growth and outreach. Read more

Photo: Elizabeth Cerejido in the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion. Photo by Jose M. Cabrera.
Papers of noted Cuban ethnographer Lydia Cabrera featured at Americas Society exhibition in NYC

The CHC collaborated with the Americas Society/Council of the Americas for the exhibition Lydia Cabrera and édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking at the Visual Arts Gallery in New York City. CHC Librarian and Curator of Latin American Collections Dr. Martin Tsang contributed an essay on working with Cabrera's archive for the volume Lydia Cabrera: Between the Sum and the Parts, which accompanies the exhibit. The book's afterword was co-written by UM President Dr. Julio Frenk and Susan Segal, president and CEO of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas. Trembling Thinking is currently on view through January 12, 2019, and vividly explores the profound intellectual, artistic, and cultural contributions that pioneering writer and independent ethnographer Lydia Cabrera made. Cabrera's extensive collection of papers, manuscripts, photos, and artifacts is permanently archived at the CHC. Read more >>

Photo (from left): Gabriela Rangel, chief curator and director of visual arts for the Americas Society, with UM President Julio Frenk. Photo courtesy Americas Society/Council of the Americas.
NOW ON VIEW | Illuminating Women
Representations and Narratives from Ediciones Vigía

On display at the CHC through summer 2019, Illuminating Women is an exploration of gender through textual and artistic representations and narratives by the Cuban artist book collective Ediciones Vigía. We have delved into the more than five hundred rich, handmade Vigía examples at the Cuban Heritage Collection, considered the largest held anywhere, to explore female subjectivity in the covers and pages of these creative works in concert with historical, cultural, artistic, and literary ways of knowing. Ediciones Vigía occupies a space at the zenith of Cuban book arts and those displayed here reveal far more than their materiality and craft. View the exhibition guide >>
To schedule a tour please email or call 305-284-4900. 

Image detail: Ana Mendieta, ca. 2000–2009, by Nancy Morejón.
Exhibit Preview Reception for Amigos of the CHC

On December 13, 2018, the CHC hosted a special holiday reception for the Amigos. The event featured a preview of the Illuminating Women exhibit and a chance to meet with the faculty and staff of the CHC. Thank you to those that were able to join us for this special night! See below for highlights from the event.
Photos by Andrew Innerarity.
Formed in 1995, the Amigos are a group of volunteers committed to supporting the mission of the CHC. Through membership dues and other fundraising efforts, they contribute directly to the Collection's programs and initiatives to help provide funding for the Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowships, oral history projects, digitization efforts, and special events.

Help the CHC continue to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical and contemporary research resources related to Cuba and its diaspora. Join the Amigos today.

If you have any questions, please email or call 305-284-4900.
Rolando Laserie performing with Sabor de Cuba Orchestra, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, FL. 

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