First US-Cuba museum exchange in 5 decades

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 2:05 PM

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — An art exhibit that organizers say represents the first exchange between U.S. and Cuban museums in more than five decades has opened in Key West.

The exposition is called "One Race" and was launched in Havana with a show featuring the work of the late Cuban-American artist Mario Sanchez at the National Museum of Fine Arts in January. The Key West component opened Thursday.

Collectively, the exhibit offers a unique vantage point of the Cuban experience. It provides a glimpse of life in the U.S. through the eyes of Sanchez to viewers in Havana, and sharing the viewpoint of artists who grew up with the revolution to gallery-goers in Florida.

The featured Cuban artists include Sandra Ramos, whose work explores the experiences of those who have stayed on the island.

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