Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design Presents the inaugural Exhibition at the new Cultural Legacy Gallery, Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the Lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in Collaboration with Tico Torres MOAD - Cuban Diaspora Celia L Credit: Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in collaboration with Tico Torres Miami, July 28, 2014 - The Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) at Miami Dade College (MDC) presents Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the Lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in Collaboration with Tico Torres. The inaugural exhibition will open to the public at 6 p.m. Friday, September 19, at the new Cultural Legacy Gallery, a permanent space dedicated to the impact of Cuban culture on South Florida and throughout the world, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in collaboration with Tico Torres features what have become iconic photographs of Cuban figures living outside the island, among them performers, composers, designers, writers and artists. The Cuba Out of Cuba series was shot over the last twenty years in Miami, New York, London, Paris, Florence, Venice and Los Angeles. The exhibition will take a unique and historical approach in surveying the legacies of individuals such as Celia Cruz, Bebo Valdez, Gloria Estefan, Cristina Saralegui, Andy Garcia, Cundo Bermudez, Nilo Cruz, and Paquito d’Rivera, among other Cubans who have influenced the greater culture of their time. Alexis Rodríguez-Duarte was born in Havana, Cuba. In 1968 he and his parents were among Cuban exiles who left the Island aboard the humanitarian air lifts called the Freedom Flights. Once arriving to Miami, his family and many thousands of other Cuban exiles came through the doors of the Freedom Tower that served as a processing and assistance center for the exile community. For many, the tower provided nothing less than their freedom from Castro and the hardships Cuba had come to give them, rightly earning its name of the Freedom Tower. Rodriguez–Duarte’s family settled in Miami’s Little Havana community. At the age of 10, he was given his first camera by his grandfather, which led to his love affair with photography. Today, he is a New York and Miami-based internationally renowned photographer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar, among other major publications, and has exhibited his work at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., Museum of the City of New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach among others. Rodriguez-Duarte and his husband of 31 years, Tico Torres, have been documenting the Cuban diaspora since 1993. Torres, a photo stylist who is a master of the mise-en-scene, helped create with Rodriguez-Duarte the joyous image of Celia Cruz standing amid the towering palms of Fairchild Tropical Garden in a traditional ruffled Cuban gown. He was also there to set the mood in the London flat of Guillermo Cabrera Infante, one of Cuba’s most famous authors. Torres and his family were also among Cuban exiles who settled in Miami’s Hialeah community. Rodriguez-Duarte and Torres are thrilled to be returning together, full circle to the historic Freedom Tower for this inaugural exhibit, after separately setting foot there as immigrant children so many years before. The inaugural exhibition kicks off the Museum’s fall season scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in conjunction with SIDE BY SIDE: MDCULTURE STANDS AS ONE, a one night event held at the College’s historic Freedom Tower, featuring performances, exhibitions, film screenings, the public unveiling of 2014 Book Fair Poster, and the long awaited Cuban Exile Experience at the Freedom Tower. Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the Lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in Collaboration with Tico Torres will remain on display at the museum through August 30, 2015. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. MDC’s Freedom Tower was operated by the U.S. Government as a reception center for Cuban refugees from 1962 to 1974. “The building is significant because it represents the important story of the Cuban exodus to America and resettlement during the Cold War,” reports the U.S. Department of the Interior, which has also called the Freedom Tower the “Ellis Island of the South.” Though it operated in that capacity for only 12 years, the building has become an icon representing the faith that democracy brought to troubled lives, the generosity of the American people and a hopeful beginning that assured thousands a new life in a new land. WHAT: Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the Lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in Collaboration with Tico Torres WHEN: Friday, September 19 –Opening Reception from 6 – 9 p.m. September 19, 2014 – August 30, 2015 Museum Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. WHERE: MDC Museum of Art + Design Cultural Legacy Gallery The Freedom Tower at MDC, First Floor 600 Biscayne Blvd. About MDC Museum of Art + Design MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose, educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes. The MDC Museum of Art + Design provides its patrons and visitors access to unique cultural, historical and educational exhibitions that enrich the greater community while building and preserving an expansive permanent art collection. Miami Dade College has been collecting art since the 1960s. Over the years, the collection has grown contain more than 1,600 works in all mediums and genres, specifically within the movements of minimalism, pop art of the ’60s and ’70s, conceptual art and contemporary Latin American art. The College and Museum actively acquire works by emerging and under-recognized artists, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art. About The Cuban Exile Experience & Cultural Legacy Gallery The Cuban Exile Experience & Cultural Legacy Gallery is a historical division of the MDC Museum of Art + Design. In addition to visual arts, the Museum supports exhibitions and programs that collect, preserve, research and interpret stories and artifacts that help build a better community understanding and appreciation of the Freedom Tower’s history. For more information about the exhibition, events or VIP Opening Reception at MDC Museum of Art + Design, please contact the Museum at 305-237-7722 or Event contacts: Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

Yolanda Cárdenas Díaz

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Current Name
Yolanda Cardenas Ganong
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Yolanda Cárdenas Díaz
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Saturday, August 4, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Florida City
Stayed With
Haiti Pedro Pan
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yoli mi hermana gracias pur tu bello mensaje. mi gata se llama Frankie Lee por la cancion de bob dillon, me la encontre abandonada en una noche de inviernos en las vegas, y cuando vine de regreso a miami ella vino con migo. mi papa ere de catdenas pero my aguelo here de las canarias. gracia por complimentar mi rapeo, lol. la vida es como dijo trafaut-"los que podemos convertir un sufrimiento en una sonrisa, somos pocos, pero duraremos mas." un abrazo

Message by Rodolfo J Padron Fernandez | Jan 11th 2010

Dear Yoli, Happy New Years to You and Yours! I'm finally back on track doing normal and routine tasks, like checking websites and e-mails. So you can just imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to have messages awaiting. Yes, my name is Maria de los Angeles, I've been called Maria ever since I arrived in the US but I think I will start asking people to call me Mery as I was known in Cuba. Maybe this will begin a new Chapter in our lives, perhaps even a road back home to Cuba. (I've never lost hope) Thank you for once again, extending your hand out to me, and walk me thru memory lane. You're a true Veteran. Already a dear family friend contacted me thru this site- isn't that wonderful? We all had lost touch almost 30 years ago. I've come across a couple of names of girls I used to know- I hope to reconnect also. I already feel that this site, Pedro Pan, is as magical now as it was then- it must be the pixy dust. I would like to be more involved with this organization in the future. Again thank you, a big hug to you and kisses, my dear dear viejita. Mery

Message by Maria de los A Cuevas-Anthaume Balmori | Jan 9th 2010

Yoly hace tanto que no me comunico contigo, pero no es porque no estes en mi pensamiento. Siempre te recuerdo mucho. Tengo varias llamadas que hacer y tu eres una de ellas. Asi que hablamos pronto. Me prometi que iba a escribir en el PPN por lo menos una vez cada dia aunque fuera una solo linea. Y aqui va Un besote

Message by Silvia E Portu | Jan 7th 2010

Yoli, gracias por tu historia. Wow! It brings back memories. "El Telegrama", "la pecera", the flight from Cuba to Miami, your Greyhound trip. So many things. I see a carbon copy of my experiences. Also thanks for your message. Glad to get to know you. May the good Lord bless you and yours

Message by Arsenio Hernandez Cuervo- Arango | Jan 7th 2010

Buenos dias Yolanda, esta manera de comunicarme con otros ninos de Peter Pan, me asombro. No me quejo de mi vida en los estados unidos, yo no creo que hubiera llegado a realizar mis suenos en Cuba. cuando llegue estube en el campamento Matecumbe en los Everglades,con muchos de mis maestros de Belen y los maristas. solo y a esa eada te digo insertidumbre es la palabra. Vivo en Ohio mucho frio pero tranquilo, yo estoy jubilado de American Can Co. pase unos cuantos anos con mi familia en Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia siempre con Am Can. expatrido construyendo fabricas de latas de dos piesas. ahora tranquilo mi esposa se murio hace 8 anos de cancer, asi que solo pero cuidando a mis nietos, mientra mi hija va a la Universidad por tercera ves. a lo mejor descanso un dia de estos. me alegra conocerte. feliz ano nuevo. chao

Message by Fernando B. Menendez Balseiro | Jan 5th 2010

Yoli: De todas maneras hace mucho frio para las chancletas, asi que ponte unas balerinas y con esas puedes dar todos tus paseos por el 'reparto'. This year I've changed the usual 'happy new year' to a 'HEALTHY NEW YEAR'...DEAL? If there's one lesson I learned in 2009 is that 'healthy' means happy! Now, I better apply it to myself. Look forward to conversing while bumping into each other in the reparto. Cariños!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jan 4th 2010

Hi Yolanda, thank you for your birthday wishes. I can’t complain, we have been celebrating for two days and it is not even my birthday yet. I did not have, exactly, the Mariachis or cocktail that you wished for me but a violinist, a pianist and chocolate caliente with churros was not that far from it. Thanks again y no te pierdas que se te extraña mucho. Un beso

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Jan 4th 2010

Yolanda, como estas hace tiempo que no te escribo creo que Fernando esta un poco equivocado con nuestra ciudad. Quien es la Ivone que uds hablan ella es de cienfuegos. Has visto a Rafael Alcazar si va por ahi saludalo de mi parte nosotros estuvimo en el mismo colegio en Cienfuegos los Maristas. Que pases unas buena Navidades y que el Año que entra vengan con mucha salud que es lo principal lo demas viene despues. Saludos

Message by Frank ( Paco ) Echeverria | Dec 19th 2009

Yolanda como estas? ayer hable con mi padre y me dijo que cuando hisieron las provincias en cuba. que la bahia de cienfuegos estaba en la provincia de MATANZAS, PERO como ya teniamos una bahia ese pedaso de tierra con la bahia se la dieron a LAS VILLAS. para que tubieran algo eso es verdad? bye FERNANDO PS no le digas nada a Yvonne ok. pues es capaz de enojarse la pobre!!

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Dec 19th 2009

yo;anda,que alegria que te hubieras acordado de nosotros,fue un placer conocerte y haber compartido contigo ese rato tan agradable,siento mucho la perdida de su mama pero ella esta en un mejor lugar,,donde no existe el dolor por lo que he leeido ,parece que te dedicas ala sicologia,mi hjo esta estudiando para trabajador social.Bueno eascribeme y cuentame tus experienzas en este campo.bye silvia y manzur

Message by silvia silva | Nov 25th 2009

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