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Boeckmann Center : Carlos Sebastián Lorente Memorial Endowment

Carlos Sebastián Lorente Memorial Endowment for the Cuban Studies Collection



Photographs of the Lorente Endowment Event


The Carlos Sebastián Lorente Memorial Fund commemorates the life of its namesake and the Lorente Family's long-standing relationship with USC. Creation of this memorial fund for the acquisition of Cuban and Cuban-Exile publications makes tangible Carlos Sebastián Lorente's devotion to Cuba and its culture. The fund will enrich the research resources of the University of Southern California and celebrate the heritage of the Cuban community of Los Angeles and Southern California.

Donation of the Bust of José Martí to the Boeckmann Center

On April 17, 1994, at a ceremony in the Doheny Memorial Library officially announcing the USC University Libraries' endowment for Cuban and Cuban-Exile Studies, Mrs. Yolanda Lorente and her family donated the bust of José Martí to the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies. The endowment and the bust of Martí memorialize her late husband Carlos Sebastián Lorente. Receiving the donation for USC is Barbara Robinson, Head of the Boeckmann Center and Curator for the Center's collections. 


The Family of Carlos Sebastián Lorente

From left to right: Daughter Dr. María Lisa Lorente-Provost; son Charles Lorente and grandson Brendan Sebastián Lorente; wife, Yolanda Lorente; daughter Dr. Denise María Lorente-Green; son-in-law, Dr. John Jeffrey Green; and nephew, Dr. Alfredo Aparicio. In the true spirit of the Trojan Family, María Lisa, Charles, Denise María and Yolanda all hold academic degrees from USC.

Sculptor Sergio López-Mesa and His Bust of José Martí

Sergio López-Mesa, master sculptor, with his bronze bust of José Martí, on April 17th, 1994, in the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies. The bust is an exact replica of the original in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, dedicated in 1976 by the Patronato José Martí of California, with support from the sculptor, from Carlos Sebastian Lorente and from other members of the local Cuban-exile community.

Sergio López-Mesa was born in Havana, Cuba in 1918. He holds degrees from Cuba's Academia San Alejandro and from Italy's Escuela de Bellas Artes and the Real Escuela de la Medalla. 
López-Mesa's sculptures and monuments are located in Toluca, México, in Havana, Bayamo and Punta Brava, Cuba and in several locations in the United States. Prior to his exile from his homeland in 1960, he served as Director of the Cuban Departamento de Bellas Artes, Dirección de Cultura and as professor at the Academia de San Alejandro.  

Since 1973 he has made Los Angeles his home where he contributes to the cultural and artistic life of the city.

His most recent artistic contribution includes the bronze bust of José Martí, located in the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies and donated to the University of Southern California in 1994 by the Lorente Family, in memory of Carlos Sebastián Lorente. 

More Photographs of The Lorente Event

From Left to Right: Dr. Aurelio de la Vega, Gladys Corugedo, wife of José, Dr. Tom Tomlinson, of USC, José A. Corugedo, Mr. Lorente's Assistant Engineer at B.L. Engineering, Inc.

From Left to Right: Members of the Patronato José Martí de California, Elsa and Sotero Machin and Jorge and Sylvia Poitou, examine Cuban materials in the Boeckmann Center Collection.


From Left to Right: Members of the Patronato José Martí de California, (Carlos Paz, Carmen Paz, Yolanda López Mesa, Sylvia and Jorge Poitou, Sarita de la Vega, Elsa and Sotero Machin) with grandson Brendan Sebastián Lorente, Yolanda Lorente and Sergio López Mesa, sculptor.


From Left to Right: Carmen Paz, Dr. Aurelio de la Vega, and Dr. Tom Tomlinson, addressing the group present at the event.