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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Yoli, como ves estoy un poco tarde en darte las gracias por recordarte de mi cumpleaños, pero nunca es tarde cuando la dicha es buena. Como dicen que los primeros 50 se descuentan entonces acabo de cumplir los 10 y gracias a Dios todavía estoy aquí diciendo presente. Mi sobrino me dijo que ya estoy “over the hill” y yo le respondí; “Well, if that is the case, I don’t remember being on top of the hill”. Un abrazo, Guillermo

Message by Guillermo R Paz Vazquez | Jul 11th 2010

Yolanda says: Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Forgiving changes a hurt from our past into a hope for our future.

Status update | Jul 10th 2010

Gracias, Yoli!

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Jun 29th 2010

Yolanda, que es de tu vida?Se te extraña por aqui. Preguntas en las fotos si conocen a alguien?. En la foto de la cruz y la bandera la house-mother que aparece era de apellido BAEZA. La hermana de esta señora se llama Rita Villamil y junto con su esposo Manolo trabajaba en el comedor.Mery se reunio con nosotros el sabado pasado y tambien Tete extremera y Martica Rodriguez. El tiempo no nos alcanzo. Cuando te vemos? Te quiere...MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Jun 24th 2010

Hi, Yoli....a ese primo mio le van a cortar la lengua un dia de estos. Me alegro que lo pasaron bien...yo aqui, queriendo estar con ustedes. Me alegro que hayas conocido a Flo y a lo mejor se embulla a venir con el en la proxima. Para que dia estas de vuelta en tu casa????

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jun 9th 2010

hola yolanda: hace tiempo escribiste unas cosa muy sabias y bonitas en mi site, naci en la habana el 30 de noviembre del 47. mama tenia unos de tus apellidos, margarita diaz garcia. papa fue un locutor famoso de la rhc cadena azul. su nombre fue jorge luis nieto. de nino estudie en belen por 8 anos, y los ultimos 3 anos en la academia militar del caribe . papa murio en el 53 de lymphoma. mi abuelo materno, oscar diaz valdes nacio en cardenas, matanzas. el era gemelo con su hermano chicho. conoces a alguien que fue a sparks, nevada conmigo? fuimos 39 muchachos alla. ahora vivo en el sur de mcalifornia. voy a hollywood ,fla todos los veranos a un pequeno condo que tengo a la orilla del mar ahi. este ano vamos a estar alla del 2 de julio al 17. seria lindo conocerte. voy todos los anos no solo apra dizfrutar el mar , pero para ponerme mi injeccion de cubanoe. para oler cafe colando por la calle ocho. para comer exquisitos platos de comida espano;a, y a visitar la tumba de mi queridisima tia carmen nieto vda de grasso. que dios te bendiga a ti y a los tuyos como lo ha hecho por mi

Message by Arturo Luis Nieto Diaz | Jun 6th 2010

Yoli....thanks for the info I need for my new baby...

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Apr 15th 2010

Hi, Yoli! I'm happy to say...THE WITCH IS DEAD, THE WITCH IS DEAD! Finally, after 2 weeks trying to solve the problem. Friday, I'm scheduled to bring home my new baby...the next couple of days is making sure the house is ready for her. Did I tell you about her or not??? In any case, she will never replace my Chanci but I'm hoping we adapt to each other well. Talk to you soon. Un beso

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Apr 14th 2010

Lucky you!!! ha ha! I placed some jewelry in a 'safe' place so I would know where it is and I haven't been able to wear it in over a year....I placed my passport in a place that I KNOW would be there when I needed it and thank goodness, I have not needed it. There's a spot I will never forget where I placed some emergency funds and thankfully, that emergency has not happened I need to tell you more??????? Someheimerz...sometimes I remember, others I don't! Cariños.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Apr 7th 2010

Si Yoli, las vestian igual porque se parecian tanto! Gracias por tus oraciones por Tete. No he tenido mas noticias de ella. Me imagino mi pobre primo esta que no da basto. Carinos, -Mary

Message by Maria Petronila Hernandez Mills | Apr 7th 2010

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