MDC Museum of Art + Design

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: A Journey To Freedom

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 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 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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The Legacy Of The Cuban Cultural Diaspora

The Cuban Diaspora Cultural 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.