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© St. Petersburg Times, published May 17, 2001

Irony, survival and modern Cuban art

The Statue of Liberty and the Monument to the Revolution in Havana send sound waves that reach out, yet repel each other. Behind them the skin of an alligator represents the island of Cuba itself. The image is a detail from a collagram and woodcut titled Baho la Piel (Under the Skin) by Yamilys Brito, one of 16 cutting-edge Cuban artists in a show opening Friday at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa. Titled "Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island," it reveals much about the attitudes, history and culture as well as the work of artists who live in Cuba. Curator Marilyn Zeitlin of Arizona State University organized the show and gives a talk in room FAH 101 during Friday's opening, 7 p.m. The show continues through July 14: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. USF is at 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Admission to the museum, opening and lecture is free; parking is $2. Call (813) 974-4133; Web site http://www.usfcam.usf.edu.

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