The Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom
Miami Dade College and The Miami Herald Media Company to Present The Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom, a Permanent Exhibition at the Freedom Tower
Miami, July 8, 2014 - The Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) at Miami Dade College (MDC) and The Miami Herald Media Company have partnered to organize and curate The Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom, a pictorial account of the struggles that the Cuban exile community has endured since Fidel Castro's rise to power, and the successes they have achieved in the United States. Having covered the Cuban exile community and its struggle for freedom extensively throughout the years, Miami Dade College and The Miami HeraldMedia Company now present this journalistic chronology, which showcases the spirit and accomplishments of the Cuban American community.
The permanent exhibition will be housed at the College’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, itself central to the story of Cubans in the United States, and will open this fall.
As part of this exhibition, the college will also open the Cuban Diaspora Cultural Legacy Gallery, a space dedicated to the impact of Cuban culture on South Florida and throughout the world. Exhibitions will take a unique and historical approach in surveying the legacies of individuals who influenced the greater culture of their time. They will highlight and emphasize contributions in areas including business, dance, education, fashion, literature, medicine, music, sports, theater and visual arts. Each exhibition will take a unique and historical approach in surveying the legacies of individuals who influenced the greater culture of their time. From famed Cuban painter Wifredo Lam to the late “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz, Cervantes Prize winner and novelist Guillermo Cabrera Infante to one of the world’s best-selling artists, Gloria Estefan, each exhibition will define their roles as cultural landmarks through each achievement, wave of influence and lasting legacy.
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.
Additional details about The Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom will be released later this summer.
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