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

Maria Petronila Hernandez Valdivia

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Current Name
Maria Petronila Hernandez Mills
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Maria Petronila Hernandez Valdivia
Age on Arrival
10
Date of Arrival
Friday, January 5, 1962
Relocated To
St. Patrick's Home, 5961 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento, CA
Stayed With
Blanca & Ramon Gordon, Florida City

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I was delivered to Florida City on January 5 1962, by “George” a name, my father made sure I knew upside down and sideways. I remember the night he told me I was to leave Cuba and come to the United S...

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Pues si me confundiste con Arturo Bueno estoy muy contento. Arturo es una bellísima persona y tiene un website pedropánico excelentísimo allá en la tierra de los terremotos y los fuegos por todos lados. !Es un valiente! Cariños, Manny

Message by Manuel Gutierrez Fernandez de Castro | Sep 11th 2009

María Petronila, con mucho gusto te mando por email las fotos que guardé del unveiling del obelisco el sábado pasado. Cariños, Eloísa

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Sep 11th 2009

Mary, no me suena el nombre de Pedro Hernández. ?En qué fotos está? Manny

Message by Manuel Gutierrez Fernandez de Castro | Sep 10th 2009

Hola Mary Yo soy Silvia Portu y nunca me he comunicado contigo, pero hoy lo hago para decirte que si quieres me contestes para poderte madar la fotos del Sabado pasado a tu email. Yo he leido tu historia, y me gusto mucho, tambien he visto tus fotos y veo que eres una artista, por lo que pude ver pintas muy bien. Aqui tienes otra hermana. Un abrazo

Message by Silvia E Portu | Sep 10th 2009

Mary Recibi tu mensanje, no tengo mucho tiempo para entrar a ver las cosas y no había leido el tuyo, yo tengo el mio casi listo, hoy estoy revisandolo por ultima vez, lo tengo tanto en Inglés como en Español, así que si es posible este mismo mes, lo subo a internet, y también tengo las fotos escaneadas para publicarlas. A mi me parece importante dejar la historia escrita, sino, nadie recordara nuestra gesta!!! Aunque fue pequeña, merece una mención, pues fuimos todos muy valientes!!!!! Un fuerte abrazo, Mari

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 10th 2009

FELIZ DIA MI ADORADA Y MADRE SANTISIMA CARIDAD DEL COBRE; tu que siempre nos has cuidado, en especial a mi y a los mios, en este dia te pido por todos nosotros y los demas Pedro Panes que tanto de ti necesitamos. Fortalece nuestra fe en ti en ti amadisimo HIJO NUESTRO JESUS REDENTOR. NUNCA NOS ABANDONES NI NOS DESAMPARES...TU HAS SIDO NUESTRA PATRONA Y MADRE, TU QUE HAS CUIDADO DE NOSOTROS LOS CUBANOS Y AUN ASI HAS TENIDO UN GRAN CORAZN PARA DEJAR ENTRAR EN EL LAS PETICIONES DE LAS DEMAS PERSONAS EXTRANJERAS PUES TU MADRE MIA SABES CUANDO NOSOTROS TE PEDIMOS CON FE VERDADERA.. MI CACHITA, MI MULATA ADORADA NO NOS DESAMPARES...DEJA QUE YO ACA EN LAS VEGAS PUEDA HACER, HECHAR UN GRANITO DE MOSTAZA PARA QUE TE CELEBREN TU DIA AUNQUE SEA CON UNA MISA PARA TI YA QUE AQUI LOS CUBANOS SE HAN OLVIDADO DE PEDIRLO ASI..TE PIDO MI MADRE QUERIDA..PON TU SANTO MANTO SOBRE MI PARA PODER SEGUIR ADELANTE CON LO MIO, MI FAMILIA EN UNION AMOROSA, POR LOS DEMAS DE ACA Y SUS FAMILIARES Y POR LOS DE LAS VEGAS Y TU MISA CADA ANO..AMEN MI MADRE...TE AMO Y TU DE VERDAD SABES CUANTO..AMEN !!

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 8th 2009

HOLA...por favor necesito saber si en este network de los Pedro Panes hay alguno que vive en LAS VEGAS en la actualidad o alguno que conocen a otros que vivan por LAS VEGAS delen mi numero de celular 702-502-6444 ya que yo estoy por estos rumbos y me gustaria reunirnos y conocernos y quizas para juntos poder ir a la reunion del 26 de septiembre..please es urgente..gracias ILEANA/MINICO

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 6th 2009

My very dear Mary, I think they were still mopping up in Florida City when I got there in August -but then again--it was probably that there were other leaking accidents happening after yours. Ha, ha, ha! ---Pete is still winking at me from his canvas and the wistful young woman keeps reminding that I must wait patiently for that ship just beyond the horizon heading my way, loaded with a useful and beautiful cargo. She now makes me feel at peace, not sad, when I look at her. A big hug, yoli

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Sep 5th 2009

Well now I have and idea of were you live. Lakeland, west palm, Orlando Tallahasse,Fort myers are some of the places I have played in Florida. About a week ago I told my oldest daughter part of my story, she's 38 yrs old. What pain, but it get eassier to say little by little. Still today Mom and I cann't speak about it to painfull. Later

Message by Carlos Angel Becerra Garcia | Sep 3rd 2009

Mary: I believe you and I are the same age more or less and I was probably a sophmore...Don't remember the name of the family in Pahokee...The guy's name was Juan Duarte and the 'very platonic' noviazgo didn't last long! So many men, so little time, what can I do!? ha ha!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 2nd 2009

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