‘Celia Cruz Forever’ Celebrates the Legacy of Salsa Legend

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The Tower Theater in Miami is currently presenting an exhibition on Celia Cruz, after the 2019 well-regarded exhibit at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora. The exhibit aims to celebrate the vibrant life and legacy of Cuban salsa legend Celia Cruz (1925-2003).

Celia Cruz (1925-2003) All images are courtesy of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte

Forever Celia was the largest exhibit on Cruz’s life so far, surpassing that of the 2005 Smithsonian exhibit on her life, which was later displayed at the Bass in Miami Beach. It originally debuted back in the fall of 2018.

The new exhibition focuses more on her time in Miami, according to a recent article in the Miami Herald. 

ADW 1995 poster
Cruz was a featured performer at Art Deco Weekend 1995, which celebrated Latin American culture. ( Above, poster design by Clifford Faust)

Across her 40-year singing career, Cruz broke down barriers for women of color and became an icon and inspiration as one of the most well-known Cuban exiles.

Cruz’s music made its mark internationally, helping keep Cuban music and culture alive today. 

From her early years in Havana’s Santos Suarez neighborhood to her time in New York during the 1970s salsa explosion, Cruz’s powerful voice and stage presence made her a bonafide star and the Queen of Salsa.

It was curated by Omer Pardillo-Cid, an award-winning producer and talent manager who managed parts of Cruz’s career in the late 90s and early 2000s, before the singer’s passing. He is also the executor of The Celia Cruz Estate.

You won’t want to miss this unique exhibition on one of Miami’s most prominent music icons! Stop by the Tower Theater Lobby and second floor through the end of this year to see the exhibit.

Location: Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami

Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Cost: Tuesday-Thursday $10, Friday-Sunday $15, Little Havana residents with ID $2, children under 12 are free.

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