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Pasadena Now: Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films 

Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films assembles approximately 40 Cuban posters publicizing Hollywood films from the 1960s to 2009. The posters were part of an initiative of the revolutionary government to develop cultural awareness and consciousness after Fidel Castro and the guerrilla forces overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgenico Batista in 1959. “Based on a shared love of films, Hollywood in Havana identifies commonalities between Cubans and Californians,” says Carol A. Wells, curator of the exhibition. “The exhibition creates a dialogue... regarding longstanding stereotypes about Cuba and its government.” Presenting Cuban film art in the film capital of the world encourages viewers to consider the power of these posters as well as the printed media and graphic designs that permeate their daily lives. The exhibition demonstrates how art, entertainment, and politics intersect and integrate to influence and reflect cross-cultural communication.