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Margarita Cano papers, 1983-1985

Margarita Cano papers, 1983-1985

Cano, Margarita, 1932-

Librarian, Painter, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft.

Summary: Papers primarily concerning the 1983 exhibition The Miami Generation, 9 Cuban-American Artists; an exhibition organized by the Cuban Museum of Art in Culture in cooperation with the Miami-Dade Public Library System for which Cano served as Project Director. Curated by Guilio V. Blanc, the exhibition included work by Mario Bencomo, Maria Brito-Avellana, Humberto Calzada, Pablo Cano, Emilio Falero, Fernando Garcia, Jaun Gonzalez, Carlos Macia, and Cesar Trasobares. Found are two files of photocopied correspondence, exhibition planning and publicity files, a catalog, checklist, and photocopied news clippings. There is also one folder of slides and photographs of works or art in the exhibition.

Biographical/Historical Note

Artist, Miami, Fla. b. 1932, Havana, Cuba. Moved to Miami, Fla., 1962. Art librarian for Miami-Dade County Public Library, 1963-1993.

Provenance

Donated 1997 by Margarita Cano.

A Finding Aid to the Margarita Cano Papers,
1982-1985
, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Rosa M. Fernandez
Biographical Note
Born in 1932 in Havana, Cuba, Margarita Cano began her studies at the University of Havana. She left Cuba in 1962 to settle in Miami and later became director of arts for the Miami-Dade County Public Library. The arts programs she initiated focused on the work of African-American and Cuban-American artists and eventually led to the establishment of a permanent collection at the library. An artist herself, Cano's artwork focuses on Cuban scenes painted on wood in a miniature style. In 1983 she served as project director for the exhibition
The Miami Generation: Nine Cuban-American Artists (La Generacion de Miami: Nueve Artistas Cubano Americanos)
, curated by Latin American curator and scholar, Guilio Blanc.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into one series:
Series 1: Exhibition Files, 1983-1985 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
Scope and Content Note
Margarita Cano's papers measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1983-1985. The collection primarily concerns the 1983 exhibition
The Miami Generation, 9 Cuban-American Artists
; an exhibition organized by The Cuban Museum of Art in Culture in cooperation with the Miami-Dade Public Library System for which Cano served as Project Director. Curated by Guilio V. Blanc, the exhibition included work by Mario Bencomo, Maria Brito-Avellana, Humberto Calzada, Pablo Cano, Emilio Falero, Fernando Garcia, Juan Gonzalez, Carlos Macia, and Cesar Trasobares. The exhibition traveled to Meridian House International in Washington, DC and, later, to Philadelphia at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in 1985. Found are two files of correspondence, exhibition planning and publicity files, a catalog, checklist, and photocopied news clippings. Most of the documents are photocopies. There is also one folder of slides and photographs of works of art in the exhibition.
Provenance
Donated 1997 by Margarita Cano.
Processing Information
The Margarita Cano papers were processed by Rosa M. Fernandez, December, 1998. The finding aid was completed in 2000.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Margarita Cano papers, 1983-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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