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Best Group Exhibition Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2009 - "Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban Art," Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale

As in-house curator at the Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, Jorge Santis brought more than 30 years of curating experience, not to mention his own story as a Cuban exile, to bear on this thrilling survey of Cuban art, and it showed. No other South Florida museum show this year had the historical and political sweep of "Unbroken Ties." Not even MoA/FL's own "Breaking Barriers" exhibition of Cuban exile art a decade ago could compare. Santis' secret was to include the work of artists still living on the island alongside that of their exiled compatriots — a move no other South Florida museum would have had the cojones to attempt. The move paid off with a rich three-act saga that captured, in roughly 80 works by 60 artists, the breadth and depth of the 20th-century phenomenon that is Cuba.

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