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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Is this only for Pedro Pans? In June, 1962, when I was 9 years old, a Cuban brother and sister, Joel and Isis Perez Rodriquez, age 16 and 14 came to live with us for a year in Tulsa, Ok. My parents had been missionaries in Cuba, north of Santiago, from 1948-54 where my parents knew their family. I was born in Christo, Oriente as well as my two older siblings. I was wanting to reconnect with Isis especially. I understand if no one else can join but wanted to find out.

Message by Nancy Schupbach Paulger | Sep 6th 2010

What was the physical address of the Florida City Camp and is the original block of apartment buildings still standing?

Message by Hector Vergara | Sep 6th 2010

PEDRO PANS MAKE NEWS: The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday has a wonderful front page story marking the 50th anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan by telling the story of Maria Josefa Guerra, who arrived in January of 1961. Here's a link to the story.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Sep 5th 2010

ATTENTION ALL PEDROPANS: Operation Pedro Pan Group Inc. is celebrating FIESTA DE CARNAVAL 2010. Date: Saturday, September 25th , 2010. Location: Miami Rowing Club, Key Biscayne, Fl. Time: 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Donation: $25/per person, includes Buffet Dinner, Wine and Music by DJ Angel Canete. Please mail check payable to Operation Pedro Pan Group Inc, and mail to: 161 Madeira AVe.,Suite 61, Coral Gables, Fl 33134, or email reservations to: Don't miss this opportunity to have fun with your pedropan brothers/sisters, this is a very informal party where we will remember the "guateques" we used to have......

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Sep 4th 2010

Hello all, The Operation Pedro Pan Network is going on the road this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, we will be at Hispanic Heritage Expo at the Doubletree Mart Hotel across from Miami International Airport. The administrator and the Pedro Pan volunteers will be there to answer questions and help more Pedro Pans register. Come and visit the Miami Herald booth. We will be there from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. The hotel is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave. Admission is free to the expo. There is a parking charge. Come out and visit us.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Aug 27th 2010

Necesito por esta via contactar con : Zoila Alfonzo Farinas,salio por esa via en 1961 destino Miami (era vecina de casablanca en ciudad habana)

Message by Pedro M. Fernandez arnal | Aug 20th 2010

To All Pedro Pans, You might want to read a story in today's Miami Herald about Sister Ana Maria, a Pedro Pan nun who worked at the Kendall camp in the early 1960s and is turning 100. There will be a Mass in her honor in Fort Lauderdale Saturday. All are invited. Read the story at:

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Aug 19th 2010

tuve una de las primeras de las cien visa por la llamada iglesia de jesus del monte en la habana y mi padre no me dejo venir mi nombre es sergio hervis y mi amigo raul si vino a nebrasca y vivia en marques de la torre 115 en jesus del monte mi air mail es solo quiero saludarlo

Message by sergio hervis | Aug 16th 2010

Hello, everyone. The Pedro Pan Database has reached another milestone today - the 1,400 Pedro Pan to register to our website. The honor goes to Gabriel Cartas Hernandez. Gabriel, welcome to the site.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Aug 2nd 2010

Hello, I found my moms info when she arrived from Cuba, but, there are two things inaccurate. It says her middle initial is C...but, it is an S..also my mom is alive & I speak with her daily & explained to her what I've found. she said she was 15yrs old. not 13 as it is listed. her birth date is 8/11/1945. I hope that can be fixed. also she arrived with my aunt who I did find (the same date May,22 1962. she was only 7 yrs old.How can we access her account to fill in info.

Message by Reyna Maria Susana Novo Otero | Aug 1st 2010

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