Open Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna and Creole World

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Shotgun houses…vibrant street scenes…grand villas and mansions…colorful facades… they’re all part of a historically rich, interconnected Creole world. New Orleans is often hailed for its distinctive Creole heritage–evident in its food, architecture, and people–but it is far from alone. Its creoleness may be unique to the United States, but New Orleans is part of an entire family of Latin Caribbean cities with similar colonial histories. Founded as New World outposts of Old World empires, these cities forged new identities from European, West African, and indigenous influences–by turns inspired by, in defiance of, and adapted from all of them.

In Creole World, author and photographer Richard Sexton explores the architectural and urban similarities among these cultural cousins, from Haiti, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Bolivia, and Ecuador back home to New Orleans.

The summer season at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU kicks off this weekend with a celebration of their latest exhibit.

It begins on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 6:30pm with a book signing and lecture with Richard Sexton at Books & Books in Coral Gables. Guests are welcome to buy a copy of his book Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere for the book signing.

On Saturday, June 13th, members can meet the artist at 3pm. Then the public is invited to head over to the opening reception of Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna and Creole World: Photographs Of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere from 4pm to 7pm.

Enjoy live traditional Cuban son music by the Tradición Caribe Hispanic Arts & Culture Institute; there will be an artist lecture with Carlos Luna at 5pm, followed by a book signing with photographer/author Richard Sextonof his accompanying book for the exhibition.

For more information go to or call 305.348.2890. Free and open to the public.

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