Given its proximity to Havana, South Florida has been the most popular point of entry for Cubans relocating to the States since Castro’s revolution in the 50’s and the Mariel Boatlift in the early 80’s. The influx has drastically changed Miami’s demographic composition, and with that its cultural identity and traditions. Cuban and Cuban-Americans’ impact on Miami is now recognized at the Museum of Art + Design at Miami Dade College with its Cuban Diaspora Cultural Legacy Gallery.
This summer marks the last chance for visitors to Miami to check out the gallery’s inaugural exhibition Cuba out of Cuba: Through the Lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in Collaboration with Tico Torres. Opening last September, Cuba out of Cuba is set to close shop in August, 2015.
A Cuban refugee himself, exhibit artist Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte has garnered praise for his photographs of other Cuban and Cuban-American figures living off the island. The exhibition showcases over two decades’ worth of images taken in Miami, London, Paris, Venice, New York, and other destinations, and photos portray such prominent Cuban figures as Andy García, Gloria Estefan, Paquito D’Rivera and others thriving in their American lives.
The exhibition, in a sense, is a catalogue of the Cuban-American dream lived to the fullest. It’s a celebratory introduction of the Cuban Diaspora Cultural Legacy Gallery, and an undeniably beautiful artistic achievement. Before it’s too late, be sure to swing by the Museum of Art + Design at Miami Dade College and see this historical account of the Cuban population that’s traveled through the gateway of South Florida.
MDC Museum of Art + Design
600 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
Through August 30th, 2015
Cover image via flickr creative commons.