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,

Maria del Carmen Valdivia Martinez

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Carmen Valdivia
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United States of America
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Maria del Carmen Valdivia Martinez
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Wednesday, August 8, 1962
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CWB Florida City
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Casa Suarez
Haiti Pedro Pan
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Message by Rose Gomez, M.D., D.F.A.P.A. | Mar 23rd 2014

Si creo que en esa foto veo a Katia y Mara que eran hermanas y no veo las catas de las Otras pero son conocidas.

Message by Noelia M Monne y Martinez | Feb 16th 2014

Hola Maria del Carmen, tambien vivimos en Florida City mi hermana Marthica y yo. Nos fuimos hacia Louisiana en febrero de 1962 y pienso conoces te a algunas de las muchachas que Vivian con Los Suarez de las que estaban desde 1961 que no se habian ido cuando llegaste. Aimee, su esposo y su hijo eran muy amables. Tenemos fotos tomadas en su Casa que algun dia encontrare y compartiremos. Recuerdo bien Florida City, las Navidades alli, viajes al downtown y la playa de Homestead. La foto que tomaron en la playa que aparece ahi me recuerda a unas que tambien tomo mi hermana y algunas de las muchachas estaban alli con nosotras. Haces una labor muy Bonita y Tienes nuestro respeto. Sincera mente, Noelia Maria Monné.

Message by Noelia M Monne y Martinez | Feb 16th 2014

hi maria del carmen you went to miami high with my name is teresita concepcion maruri also from peter pan arrived feb 3 1961 went to kendall facility and relocated to albuquerque new mexico stayed almost 2 years and reunited with my mother live in miami

Message by teresita concepcion maruri | Jan 26th 2014

Buenos dias, mi senora Yvonne Massip fue parte de Peter Pan, llegando a Delaware cuando tenia ocho; nuestra hija esta haciendo un documental de su mama y de Pedro Pan. Ella busca un conctato para fotos y permiso para usar fotos. Me pudiera escribir? Danilo Figueredo

Message by Danilo H.Figueredo | Nov 15th 2013

Felicidades Carmen "a las dos". Recibi tu informacion y enseguida me puse en acion; algo que todos Pedro Pan aprendimos de muy temprano. Envie mis e-mails y que fatalidad, me lo devolvieron, no se porque pero no me detuve. Llame a los comisionados y les pedi su numero de fax. Haci fue como los pude mandar a cada uno. Para mi satisfaction, escuche por el mismo Sr. Perez-Roura que St. Jude se quedara para siempre parte de nuestra historia. Muchas gracias por estar atenta y mantener tanta passion por lo nuestro. Carinos, Maria

Message by Maria de los A Cuevas-Anthaume Balmori | Jul 28th 2013

Hi Carmen, you remember me as the German owner of 3619 Flamingo Drive in Miami Beach. We have sold hat house now and are in the process of buying another one. Are you still doing architecture? The house I have in mind needs some upgrades. Maybe you would be interested? Best regards gerhard

Message by gerhard bechtoldt | Jul 27th 2013

Saludos Carmen, Tuve el placer hoy de oir las "dos" Carmen por Radio Mambi, via internet vivo en New Orleans). Quisiera apoyarlos con la preservacion de St. Jude. Es nuestra historia y es nuestro deber y derecho mantener nuestras raices y huellas de los cubanos en ese exilio. Estoy muy de acuerdo y les doy toda razon. Pueden contar conmigo en lo que se pueda hacer. Quizas una lista de firmas de todos nosotros, aunque fuera de Miami,les mandamos nuestro apoyo. Tienen aqui mi nombre y e-mail para el jueves si se llega hacer entregar una lista en el City Hall de Coconut Grove. Estare atenta al resultado y que Dios los bendiga. Adelante, Maria Cuevas-Anthaume

Message by Maria de los A Cuevas-Anthaume Balmori | Jul 22nd 2013

Gracias por el certificado de PP. Disfrutamos de la toma de posecion de la Junta Directiva. Estoy de regreso en Indiana.

Message by Luis Crispin Perez Barrios | May 22nd 2013

how did fidel castro change your life.

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