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

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Un saludo desde Barcelona España. Soy Oriol Tremoleda de Bolós, escolapio. El primer sacerdote que colaboré con Father Walsh. En Kendall estábamos "repletos" y abrimos o mejor "okupamos" Matecumbe al descubrir que había una cabaña. Henry Chau y 13 muchachos pasaron la primera noche allá. Matecumbe era sólo para usar la piscina. Y todo dependía de Fr Claude Brubaker no Fr Walsh. Pero por estar sobrecargado Kendall cedimos espacio a las niñas y "okupamos" Matecumbe... Father Walsh consiguió revalidar todo aquello. La llegada de niños/as era masiva. Y Jorge Guarch cada día esparaba en el Miami Airport la llegada -sin horario fijo- de Panamerican de Cuba.

Message by Oriol Tremoleda de Bolós, escolapio | Oct 12th 2009

Jorge saludos desde Andalucia Spain , llego a Miami el 11 de octubre , puesdes decirme cuando es el proximo picnic o' desayuno de los PP, well kid thank's a lot bye now un abrazo "El Frances"

Message by Eddie Enrique Fernandez Tramezaygues | Oct 9th 2009

El viernes fallecio Miguel Angel Quesada quien fuera House Parent en Fla. City. Su Cuerpo estara expuesto en la Funeraria Woodlawn Park 11655 SW 117 Ave. de 4 a 10 de la noche. La Misa de Cuerpo Presente sera mañana a las 10 AM en St. John Newuman 107 Ave, y la 120 calle del SW. Paco

Message by Frank ( Paco ) Echeverria | Oct 4th 2009

BIG WEEKEND FOR THE PEDRO PAN NETWORK: It was a banner weekend for Pedro Pans. On Friday in Miami, Florida International University dedicated to them its presetantion of the play, Sonia Flew. It was a very touching evening. Pedro Pans in the audience were visible moved by the play, which is centered on personal scars taking part in the Operation left on the main character,Sonia. The play will be staged again next weekend. Admission is $12. Then at the Hispanic Heritage Expo at the Doubletree Hotel many Pedro Pans came by our booth to register and share their stories with our volunteers Eloisa Echazabal,Carmen Romanach and Luisa Yanez. Among those who joined the database are Liliana Rodriguez, Fernando Lopez, Alberto Rueda and Juan Rodriguez. We welcome them to the database. AND in California, the CubanKids1960 had their annual reunion. If you attended, send us a note, let us know how it went.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Sep 28th 2009

PEDROPAN DATABASE GOES ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND: Occasionally, we take the database on the road. This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27, we will be at The Hispanic Heritage Expo at the Doubletree Miami Mart, 711 NW 72nd Ave. THE EVENT, A SMALLER CUBA NOSTALGIA, IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC. If you have not registered yet, come by The Miami Herald/ El Nuevo Herald booth and we'll assist you. Pedro Pans Eloisa Echazabal and Carmen Romanach, will be there to help. The Miami Herald's Luisa Yanez, who led the database project, will be there to answer questions.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Sep 26th 2009

ANYONE PLANNING TO ATTEND THE PRODUCTION OF "SONIA FLEW" AT FIU THIS FRIDAY? LET US KNOW. The play centers around the life of a Pedro Pan. It will be staged for two weekends at Miami's Florida International University. The play opens Thursday, but the Friday, Sept. 25 performance at 8 p.m. is being dedicated to all Pedro Pans who are also invited to attend and take part in an after-production discussion with director Jennifer Smith de Castroverde. Admission is $12. The play will be staged at the FIU Theater at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center at the Mitch Maidique Campus at 10910 SW 17th St. For ticket information go to: Carta.FIU.Edu or call 305-348-0496

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Sep 23rd 2009

BIG NEWS: "Sonia Flew,'' a play centered around the life of a Pedro Pan, will be staged for two weekends at Miami's Florida International University. The play opens Thursday, but the Friday, Sept. 25 performance at 8 p.m. is being dedicated to all Pedro Pans who are also invited to attend and take part in an after-production discussion with director Jennifer Smith de Castroverde. Admission is $12. The play will be staged at the FIU Theater at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center at the Mitch Maidique Campus at 10910 SW 17th St. For ticket information go to: Carta.FIU.Edu or call 305-348-0496

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Sep 21st 2009

ATTENTION, ATTENTION:THERE IS A PEDRO PAN BREAKFAST THIS SATURDAY IN MIAMI. IF YOU LIVE IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND ARE A PEDRO PAN, YOU'RE INVITED TO ATTEND A BREAKFAST AT 10 A.M. SATURDAY, SEPT.19 AT EL TROPICO RESTAURANT AT 8391 NW 12th ST., IN DORAL - A NEW LOCALE. COST IS ONLY $10 PER PERSON. THE MONTHLY BREAKFASTS ARE HOSTED BY PEDRO PAN GROUP, WHOSE PRESIDENT, JORGE FINLAY, INVITES ALL TO COME OUT AND RECONNECT WITH OTHER PEDRO PANS. LET'S SEE IF WE CAN FILL-UP THE RESTAURANT.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Sep 17th 2009

Hola Pedro Pan. Gracias Carmencita por la explicacion que me diste, sobre lo que te pregunte, pero resulta que ahora me dicen que tengo que reset my password, please Help!

Message by ELSA BULNES LOPEZ | Sep 15th 2009

Pedro ya estoy registrada, pero tengo el problema de que mi nombre no sale con el signo de registered, por lo tanto los mensajes van directamente a mi E-Mail instead to the Pedro Pan. Please let me know what I can do to fix this problem. Thank you.

Message by Elsa Bulnes-Garcia | Sep 14th 2009

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