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 Event contacts: Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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Francisco said, "I have just uploaded my pictures, but it is not showing in my profile. When will it show up? Or, did I do something wrong? Thank you" -- At present, users can only upload JPG photos. We'll be expanding the photo functionality of the site soon.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | May 18th 2009

Anonymous said: "I think it would be good to enhance the data base so that as people register and update their profiles they can add where they went to, if transferred from Miami to another city/state and the name of the school or family where they went. Then we could search for people by those categories also, rather than only names." -- When you register your account, you can search for people by more categories, including who they stayed with and their arrival location.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | May 18th 2009

I arrived March 1, 1961. I when to the Ruston Academy for 3years. I know for a fact that James Bayer was the one that got us out of Cuba.

Message by Raul Pendas Sada | May 18th 2009

Antes que nada quiero expresar mi gratitud por todo el esfuerzo que estan haciendo para formar esta "database". Yo llegue a Miami el dia 26 de mayo del 1962. A mi llegada me quede con unos amigos de la famila. Mi hermana, Olga Leon habia llegado el 19 de mayo y habia sido enviada para Florida City directamente, meses mas tarde ella fue a vivir a Winetka, Ill. Al ocurrir el suceso del "La Crisis de Octubre" mis padres se pusieron en contacto con mi hermana y le dejaron saber que ellos estarian mas tranquilos si las dos hermanas estuviesemos cerca ya que mis padres temian por el resultado de lo que sucedia entre Cuba, Rusia y Estados Unidos. La familia de mi hermana converso con unos amigos en Wilmette, Ill. y ellos aceptaron que yo fuese para esa. Yo pase brevemente por Florida City hasta que mis papeles se pusiesen en orden y sali de Florida City hacia Ill. el primero de enero del 1963. En agost del mismo ano mis padres dejaron a Cuba en el ultimo ferry que la Cruz Roja envio a la isla. Por favor traten de localizar mi estancia en Florida City, ya que para mi es un orgullo haber participado en este evento historico. Los felicito por tan grande labor. Iraida Leon-Pelaez

Message by Iraida Leon | May 18th 2009

My name is Enrique F Casero Perez. I arrived on a PAA flight on April 15, 1961. Although I was supposed to have arrived on April 14, but the flight was canceled due to an air raid on a Havana military base. On my plance the famous Cuban singer Lissete present wife of Chirino was on the plane with his sister. Also a classmate of mine by the name of Nelson Barbeito.

Message by Enrique F. Casero Perez | May 18th 2009

Can someone please tell me how it went for the people that were sent to Denver, Co, that's where I was suppose to go but never made it, friends of my family picked me up at the airport.

Message by Martha Ginory | May 18th 2009

My parents sent me to Pnama because they had friends there that took great care of me while in Panama, this was on March 27 1961,but then I came to Miami on March 10 1962 with a Waiver Visa,issue through the Pedro Pan program and went to live with other family frinds after been procesed at Opa-locka. My name is Jorge M. Vasseur, and my father was Dr. Rene Vasseur vice-Consul of Panama in havana, and he helped with Ramon And Polita Grau many children through the Pedro Pan program many of whome are in your Database, I will like to here from some of them.I could not find myself in your Database,but them againg I may not be technically a Pedro pan.

Message by Jorge M.Vasseur | May 18th 2009

My name is Isabel De Lara (Isabel (Chavela) Perez Hernandez) I arrived in Miami Sept 26, 1961, after a couple of months at the Kendall camp, I was sent, along with 16 other girls, to Queen of Heaven Orphanage in Denver Colorado. What an experience that was! I was there for almost two years under the REGIME of the Mother Cabrini Sisters who ran a very tied ship, if you know what I mean. I would love to contact my friends from the orphanage but you do not provide an option where to enter our place of relocalization in your registration form, that would make it that much easier since most of us remember each other by our nicknames. I have connected with some of my friends from the orphanage and we are not only friends we are sisters for life. The Peter Pan Exodus was a very traumatic experience in my life, something that has left very deep scars and bad memories, but in the other hand, the experience made me a very strong person, capable of handling almost anything as long as I could go home and have a good cry and let it all out when nobody is watching. Most of us don't like to talk about it, tears come to my eyes when I look back at the whole experience. I can not imagine what my parents when through and the guilt they most have endured.Each one of the Peter Pan children is a story and I think our truth should be heard, I think that time has come for me. I think I am now ready to talk and tell. May God bless all of you always.

Message by Isabel De Lara | May 18th 2009

My sister Rosa Francis Fernandez and myself Alicia Maria Fernandez, ages 9 5 came from Cuba to Miami on December 7, 1961, through Peter Pan.We arrived at MIA and were picked by our adult coursin. We do not appear on the data base??????

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | May 18th 2009

My sister and I arrived on September 5, 1961. We were met by our Aunt Elena Franklin. I was 5 and my sister Lourdes was a month short of her second birthday.

Message by Clara Delgado | May 18th 2009

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