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 museum@mdc.edu. Event contacts: Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu

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
17
Date of Arrival
Saturday, August 4, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Florida City
Stayed With
Espinosa-RdgzHaded-Quesada
Groups
Haiti Pedro Pan
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Yoli, referente al favor: "hoy por tí y mañana por mí." Referente a las golosinas que llevamos: me alegra ver que a los de fuera de Miami les gustan ciertas cosas de aquí. Cariños para tí y Tony.

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Mar 8th 2010

Yolanda says: Our stories are all similar and yet each one is quite unique at the same time. Let's have more stories. Let's keep remembering, writing and posting!

Status update | Mar 8th 2010

Yoli, que gusto poder compartir contigo de nuevo. Me encanto conocer a Tony y ver lo bien que habla espanol...espero que ya que tienes sombrero de paja nuevo te decidas a usarlo mas a menudo viniendo a visitar tus hermanitos/as pedropan de Miami. Un abrazo de

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Mar 8th 2010

Yoli muchas gracias . te lo agradesco todo lo que me dices. pero hasme un favor y no menciones mucho en publico que SUSY y yo somos familiares ok. acuerdate que tengo mi reputasion que mantener. y mientras mas pwrsonas se enteren que yo y ella somos familia mas peor se me va a poner la cosa ok. que tal se porto ella? bye FERNANDO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Mar 8th 2010

Gracias, Yoli..en el final, el fosforito es el que va quedar mal con todas las barbaridades que dice y tu sabes que yo las tomo muy en serio!!!! Dile a Tony que nos encanto y ahora preferimos que si hay que escojer a uno de los dos, sea el el que viene a nuestra fiestas!!!!! Don't cry...we love you too....without everyone that made the effort of traveling togehter with those here, no amount of preparation would have made this reunion any good. Espero que la proxima vez no este muy lejos. Mua mua!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Mar 8th 2010

Hola Yolanda, me dio mucha alegria de conocerte en Orlando. La pase fenomenal. Saludos a tu esposo y ojala pronto nos volvamos a ver. Lili

Message by Lidia Gamble | Mar 8th 2010

Yolanda, que alegria haber pasado el weekend juntos, te dire que Rosita me escribio y es la misma persona que te habalaba ella tambien conoce a tu primo Juan Medina pues estabamos en el mismo grupo. Ya le conteste y mas tarde con mas tiempo le escribo mas. Saludos Paco

Message by Frank ( Paco ) Echeverria | Mar 7th 2010

I'm sorry to hear about your parents. You asked how I was reunited with mine. My parents came to the USA late July 1962, so I was one of the lucky ones. Hope one day those of us that live in the NYC Metro area can get together like the Miami group.

Message by Juan C Morales Brunet | Mar 5th 2010

Yolanda, vi que le escribiste a Rosita Reina, por alguna casualidad te has podido empatar con ella. Pues tenia una amiga en cienfuegos con el mismo nombre y no se si es ella. yo le hube de escribir a ver si es ella, nos vemos en central florida. Saludos

Message by Frank ( Paco ) Echeverria | Mar 4th 2010

Thank you for sharing your experience. Enrique Casero

Message by enrique Casero | Mar 2nd 2010

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