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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A story teller once told me that all stories begin in the middle. As I write this, the middle of my story has 17 years on one side and 47 on the other. For thousands of us Pedro Pan children, the midd...

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yolanda,gracias por tantos alagos tu sabes que lo de nosotros es reciproco.Siempre te he tenido en el grupo que quiero y respeto.Ya hace 47 anos que nos conocemos y siempre ha sido igual.Yo tambien soy escorpion al igual que mi prima Caruca,ya veo que tu proximidad a los escorpiones te hace enterdernos mejor. Casualmente le pregunte a Caruca y Mercy Ordetx sobre Ana Maritza Mier y ellas no sabian nada de ella. Me dijeron que lo ultimo que sabian era que ella vivia en St. Pete.Las que si pronto van a aparecer so Amparito y Maria Elena Milian.Yo las estoy embullando para que se registren y para que vengan a las reuniones.Gracias de nuevo por tu felicitacion y carinos enviados. Te quiere tu hermano MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Nov 17th 2009

Hola Yolanda, fue un verdadero placer conocerte y pasar unos ratos tan agradables contigo. Eres una persona muy especial y tu presencia en este website la hace mas enriquecedora si cabe. Gracias por anadir el "penultimo" capitulo de tu historia, es un bonito homenaje a tus padres, que se lo merecen. Tambien muchas gracias por la felicitacion de cumpleanos, llevo celebrando 4 dias y ya no estoy para esos trotes, pero la verdad me lo pase muy bien en Orlando. Un abrazo y espero que nos veamos pronto de

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Nov 16th 2009

Hola Yoly gracias por haber venido a reunirte con tus hermanos y hermanas pedropanes, aunque no lo creas estuve pendiente de ti el fin de semana,aunque se que tu corazon estaba triste,siempre que te miraba tenias una sonrisa y una lagrima en tu rostro,espero que nuestra compañia te haya ayudado,dijistes que el tiempo que estuvistes aqui no tomastes ni una aspirina, ya sabes cual es el remedio cuando te duela algo, vienes para Miami a vernos. Un abrazo. Juanita.

Message by Juanita Garcia | Nov 15th 2009

Yoli, te mande un email. Espero que lo veas. Edith

Message by Edie J Joyner | Nov 15th 2009

Yoli. just to say goodnight. I owe a lot of messages but can't write much...sleep tight and God bless.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Nov 14th 2009

Yolanda, la dicha fue mía. ¡Qué bonito ver el compañerismo y cariño que las muchachitas de Florida City comparten entre sí! Y que nos hacen a las que estuvimos en otros lugares parte del grupo también. Cariños, Eloísa

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Nov 13th 2009

Mi muy querida Yolanda, hermanita de siempre, que alegria haberte visto este fin de semanas y cuantos recuerdos hermosos me trajeron tu presencia! Que regalito del cielo mas lindo hemos recibido este fin de semana. Me alegra saber que llegaste bien a tu casa y espero que todo se haya calmado un poco por tu ausencia. Yo llegue bien tarde anoche y con la pierna bien mal, tanto fue asi que me tuvieron que rodear en la silla de ruedas en el aeropuerto. Pero, hoy fui a terapia y poquito a poco se va mejorando esto. He estado pensando mucho en ti, tu gran perdida y los meses que vienen. Aqui me tienes hermanita cuando necesites un oidito atento. Cuidate Yoli, y si, nos tenemos que mantener en contacto solido. A ver si un dia de estos me vienes a ver. Aqui siempre tendras tu casa. Un abrazo muy fuerte y muchos besitos. Merceditas

Message by Mercedes Argiz Escribano | Nov 12th 2009

I don't usually do this, but this 5 yr old boy needs an early Christmas, send him a CARD NOW !! Noah Biorkman - is five-years-old, lives in Michigan and has been battling Neuroblastoma (cancer) for two years. Doctors have said he will not make it to Christmas this year. The only thing Noah has requested is Christmas cards. His family will be celebrating Christmas next week (the week of November 16th). If you would like to send a card to Noah, it's Noah Biorkman,1141 Fountain View Circle, South Lyon, Michigan 48178. It will lift his spirits to receive mail. Make the cards fun and funny.

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Nov 12th 2009

Yoly mi querida hermanita, gracias por ser como eres, siempre supes que eres divina, que alegria poder abrazarte y darte un fuerte beso, Mua, Mua, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Nov 12th 2009

Hola Yolanda fue un gusto conocerte en el desayuno el pasado Domingo en La Carreta, que espero no sera la ultima vez que nos veamos. Por favor dile a Maria Elena Pomar sobre mi y que me encanto la foto que tienes en el cell, que cuando tenga una oportunidad me escriba aunque yo creo que ella no esta registrada. Pero bueno tu puedes ver mi e-mail address y me puede escribir por ahi. Carinos y dejame saber sobre tu mama, algunos me han dicho que esta enferma, si es asi rezare por ella a la Virgencita. Tu hermanita PP. Elsa

Message by Elsa Bulnes-Garcia | Nov 11th 2009

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