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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Hi Yoly, mira lo que me paso fue lo siguiente el mando eso y yo tratando de quitarlo y no se como se lo envie a mis contacto tambien, y forme otro arroz con mango, cuando mi herma me llama y me dice que cosa es eso, te juro que no entendia lo que se referia y dije AY DIOS MIO !!! Yoly la verdad me puse super nerviosa, pero menos mal que nuestra (Google girl de PP) Silvia P. me llamo a se empeso a reir y dije, hay, hay que alivio, pero bueno despues de todo me rei tambien. Ya Fernandito nos mando a todos otro e-mail, que fue un error (el pobre) despues de todo fue divertido. Bezos y carino, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Sep 3rd 2009

Good morning Yo Dejame deicrte que estoy muy brava contigo porque con tus investigaciones has descubierto mi identidad, tanto que trate de ocultarlo, pero ni modo ya puse mi foto, espero que no sientas envidia. Mi nueva mision imposible es encontrar a Fernando, voy a contactar a Susy para que me ayude. Chiao

Message by Silvia E Portu | Sep 3rd 2009

I have just decoded Susy's next undercover assignmenet. She will be the Pink Panther. Y yo que pensaba que P.P. era Pedro Pan. Yolanda, miedo a que estan tu y Marcos hablando? Despues que el es experto en Santa Teresa no hay ningun miedo de que hablar. Aqui lo unico que no se puede decir en este site tan confidential es chalecos blindados y character. Esos son key words para que nos pongan un cookie clandestino en la computadora. Pero si nos lo hacen les escupimos el ojo asi que: Onwards My Friends. Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 2nd 2009

Yoli, me haces reir siemppre. Es acaso que estoy como Pototo. NO CONTESTES. Se que entendistes lo que escribi. De miedo nada, o le escupimos el ojo. Ojalad que otros PP se decidan a poner sus historias para futuras generaciones. Cariños, Marcos

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | Sep 2nd 2009

Sept 2, 2009 Hola Yoli, espero que todos los tuyos esten bien. Hace 40 años que empezo la internet. LLevo 48 años fuera de Cuba. Todo este Network a travez del MiamiHerald va a quedar como testimonio de los mas de 15,000 niñas y niños que salimos de Cuba, dandole al Castrismo una puñalada en su costado. Somos unas de las pocas generaciones en la historia del mundo que preferimos el exilio, a ser usados. Ojalad los PP sepan y entiendan esto. Es verdad que este Network es publico y se lee en todas partes del mundo. Y Que. De cuando aca vivimos con miedo. Y miedo a que. Que mas nos puede pasar, que ya no hemos pasado. Un abrazo fraternal, Marcos

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | Sep 2nd 2009

shu...I tried to put an album of the ex-difunto and me at Red lobster but of course I couldn't, but if you want to see it go to and you will find it's cute.. love you from Las Vegas to you all.. VIVA LAS VEGAS !!!

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 2nd 2009

Yoli, are you saying Fernando came out of what bag? As far as " watch a space launch with some dark, starry, starry night???" You can forget that, I've just about had all the 'starry' nights that I want and they actually turn into nightmares or I kill them. So Fernando can just forget about being the agent-angel of romance because with my luck, he'll introduce me to the devil vestido de ceda pero siempre devil se queda! How about that Spanglish?

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 1st 2009

Yolanda, ya veo que has hallado un "kindred spirit" en tu tocaya. ¡Cuánto me alegro! José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 1st 2009

Les quiero saludar a cada uno de uds desde aca Las Vegas. Gracias a Dios llegue ayer y aun no he salido; saben que se toma un dia adaptarse a un nuevo horario, pero no obstante ya manana si Dios quiere empezaremos a salir...los quiero e inviten mas Pedro Paneros a entrar a grupo..Bendiciones.. ileana/Minico

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 1st 2009

Yolanda, que conste que yo también recibí la misma invitación de Fernando Collado y pensé que era un virus. José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 1st 2009

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