An immigrant turns memories into art – and a fundraiser for the American Latino Museum

Repeating Islands


An article by Kristina Puga for NBCLatino.

“Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!” is not only the name of Jay Alvarez’ one-hour one-man-show, it’s also what his parents used to tell him when he was nearly five years old and on a boat with his family emigrating to the U.S. from Cuba.

“The title of the show is part of that memory,” says the actor, almost five decades later. “Whenever I hear the sound of searching for a radio station, or the sound of waves lapping on the shore, it always transports me to a different place.”

On June 6, he hopes to transport his fellow Americans on a trip down his memory lane — back to what it means to be Cuban and American. He’s donating all proceeds towards a benefit for the American Latino Museum campaign taking place in New York City at El Museo del Barrio

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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