MDC Museum of Art + Design

Pan American World Airways photo: Havana Carnival revelers, mid-1950s

Pan American World Airways photo: Havana Carnival revelers, mid-1950s

Cuban Legacy Gallery Presents Cuban Streams: 1885 – 1965, An Installation by César Trasobares

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Cuban Legacy Gallery at the Freedom Tower will present Cuban Streams: 1855 – 1965, a multimedia installation by Miami artist César Trasobares. The installation features captivating and immersive video projections that highlight historical photographs of the island nation from the collection of Ramiro A. Fernández. Cuban Streams will inaugurate the newly renovated Cuban Legacy Gallery at the Freedom Tower from May 20, 2018 to May 19, 2019. For more information on this exhibition, Visit

The Cuban Legacy Gallery is a permanent space dedicated to the impact of Cuban culture on South Florida and throughout the world. Exhibitions take a unique and historical approach in surveying the legacies of individuals who influenced the greater culture of their time. From famed Cuban painter Wilfredo 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 defines their roles as cultural landmarks through each achievement, wave of influence and lasting legacy.

Kislak Center: Culture and Change in the Early Americas

Tall frescoed vase with Maya palace scene, from the Kislak Center collection

Tall frescoed vase with Maya palace scene, from the Kislak Center collection

Miami Dade College opens the highly anticipated Kislak Center at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower in downtown Miami on Saturday, May 20, 2018. Made possible by a donation by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation and assembled over the course of many decades, the Kislak collection, considered one of the most important of its kind in the United States, includes some of the most significant original source materials related to the history of the early Americas.

The new gallery will showcase extraordinary objects, including rare books, maps, manuscripts, Pre-Columbian artifacts and other historical materials that offer perspectives on the events and personalities that shaped the modern world. The gallery, a permanent 2,600-square-foot exhibition space, will be open to the public on the first floor of the Freedom Tower, adjacent to its ballroom and historic New World Mural, which celebrates Ponce de León’s 1513 landing in the place he named Florida.
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The Cuban Exile Experience: A Journey To Freedom

Freedom Flights Cuban refugees crowd into a processing area at the Freedom Tower in 1967

Freedom Flights Cuban refugees crowd into a processing area at the Freedom Tower in 1967. Juan Clark Collection

The Cuban Exile Experience & Cultural Legacy Gallery is a historical component of MDC Museum of Art and Design located on the ground floor of the Historic Freedom Tower. The Cuban Exile exhibitions and the Cultural Legacy Gallery will be closed until Spring 2018 to undergo exciting renovations to better serve our community. While we improve our historic building, we will take to the streets of Miami bringing you engaging art programs at several locations throughout the city. Please check out our upcoming events.

Recently arrived Cuban families line up for assistance at the Cuban Refugee Emergency Center in 1967

Recently arrived Cuban families line up for assistance at the Cuban Refugee Emergency Center in 1967

The Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom is a historical collection of photos and stories that illustrate the struggles the Cuban exile community has endured since Fidel Castro's rise to power, and the successes they have achieved in the United States. The installation is found on the mezzanine/ballroom floor of the historic Freedom Tower

Having covered the Cuban exile community and its struggle for freedom extensively throughout the years, Miami Dade College and the Miami Herald Media Company are proud to present this journalistic chronology, which showcases the spirit and accomplishments of the Cuban-American community.

The Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom is organized and curated by the Miami Herald Media Company. Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) publishes the Miami Herald, winner of 20 Pulitzer Prizes, and el Nuevo Herald, recipient of the Ortega y Gasset international prize for Spanish-language publications. Together, our newspapers are read each week by more than 1.5 million people in print and online at MiamiHerald.com and elNuevoHerald.com.

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