Review: Object of My Affection by Doris Bravo

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For nearly a month Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) hosted Alma Leiva’s exhibition, Object of My Affection: San Pedro Nos Ve (San Pedro Watches Over Us). During this span of time Leiva channeled the nearly real-time voice of Honduras’ lost youth into the MOA+D, which occupies the Freedom Tower. Between 1962 and 1974, this building served as a processing center for Cuban refugees. Despite this brief history, Freedom Tower remains a potent symbol of freedom within Miami’s Cuban-American community to such an extent that there are permanent exhibitions documenting the Cuban experience off the entrance lobby. One of the most remarkable elements on display is a map of the U.S. highlighting the Operation Peter Pan experience. Dozens of historic photographs dot the expanse of the United States, potently bringing to life the story of the American dream as a salvation for all the children air-lifted…

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