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 del Carmen Valdivia Martinez

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Carmen Valdivia
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United States of America
Name on Arrival
Maria del Carmen Valdivia Martinez
Age on Arrival
12
Date of Arrival
Wednesday, August 8, 1962
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CWB Florida City
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Casa Suarez
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Carmen, muchísimas felicidades y bendiciones por tu nuevo nietecito. Está cutísimo! Eloísa

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Oct 29th 2010

Carmen: Te mando mi enhorabuena por el nacimiento de tu nuevo nietecito. Muchos buenos augurios para ese niñito y para todos los que lo van a amar y a cuidar siempre. Nació con la bendición de tener una abuelita como tú y un abuelazo como Guille. Besos y abrazos. Nos vemos pronto. Yoli

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Oct 29th 2010

Carmen, muchisimas felicidades por ese nuevo nietecito que ha nacido hoy....Eric Sebastian... que Dios lo bendiga!!! Cada nueva vida que empieza es un nuevo milagro que nos regala Dios...un fuerte abrazo tambien a Eric y Rebeca los felices padres....

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Oct 28th 2010

Hola Carmen, solo unas lineas para decirte que a este tiempo pensaba estar en Miami, pense estar con uds en el desayuno del dia 16, pero no pudo ser, he estado muy enferma con el flu y problemas respiratorios y todabia no estoy bien. Tambien quiero decirte que no boy a poder estar en lo de los Campamentos hoy quiero llamar a Haydee, para decirle pero queria que tu lo supieras no bamos a poder estar a tiempo asi que te haviso con tiempo por si alguien necesita 2 lugares pues ahi estan . Un fuerte abrazo para ti y Guillermo. Tete

Message by Maria T Extremera Hernandez de Armas | Oct 19th 2010

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Status update | Oct 15th 2010

Maria del Carmen says: Thank you 5th grade student from Ct for your very nice message about my story. I had a chance to read it before the anonymous police removed it.

Status update | Oct 8th 2010

Please visit my blog, Carmen. I would love for you to share your stories with my readers. Many are Americans that had never heard of Pedro Pan until my blog started. People need to know. Blog is secure and I will not be using anyone's story for my books. I just want as many people as possible to hear about us! http://aymill.wordpress.com/ and my website http://authoradriannemiller.com/ Thanks!

Message by Adrianne Miller | Oct 4th 2010

Carmen, gracias por compartir tus experiencias con las monjas filipenses... Se que estuvistes con ellas por mas de 3 anos asi que sabes muy bien como eran. Gracias por poner las mentiras que intentan poner personas que, para empezar, no tienen ni idea de lo que estan escribiendo. El sol no se puede tapar con un dedo y las verdades siempre salen a relucir....de eso no tengo dudas. Que Dios bendiga a las monjitas filipenses siempre....

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Sep 29th 2010

En lo unico que estoy en completo acuerdo con la autora, es que le quedo mucho por investigar.

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 28th 2010

Los que vivimos en Florida City sabemos lo buenas que eran las monjitas con todos nosotros. Con mucho cariño las recordamos porque lo que nos dieron, como dice Melvin, fue amor, enseñanza y demás. También sabemos que si las monjitas sabían hablar otro idioma que no fuera el español, al menos yo, nunca las oí utilizarlo. También recordamos al Campamento de Florida City con mucho cariño y agradecimiento por tan bien que se ocuparon de nosotros. Above and beyond the call of duty. Sin embargo, desde Cuba se ponen a levantar calumnias sin haber vivido nuestra experiencia y sin siquiera haber pisado esta tierra que nos abrió los brazos cuando los comunistas nos insultaban. Aquí les pongo algunos “excerpts” del cuento al que se refiere José Antonio, es un cuento escrito en Cuba para inclusión en un libro propagandista de los que les encanta escribir allá. “Pasamos por varios pueblos: Kendall, Princeton y otros que no recuerdo, pero me fijé más en uno que decía Naranja. Me entró hambre y seguí pensando y mirando. No tenía ganas de jugar. Finalmente entramos a la ciudad Florida City. La guagüita dobló a la derecha y a la izquierda, y a la izquierda y a la derecha, hasta que se detuvo frente a tres edificios rodeados por cercas altísimas.”.......”El hermanito de la niña grande parecía aún medio dormido y daba tumbos. Pedro y yo mantuvimos el silencio y la vigilancia, por si acaso. Aquello, en realidad, no lucía tan agradable como imaginé. Estaba en un sitio apartado y no se parecía a mi escuela en La Habana. Una de las dos monjitas nos habló y yo me asombré mucho porque ya me figuraba que eran mudas. Mai neim is sor Belén, from de reliyos order Hermanas de San Felipe Neri. Dis is de Florida Citi camppment an... Todos los niños nos miramos a la vez. Ni Pedro ni yo entendimos nada, creo que nadie entendió. Luego miramos a la otra monjita, que era más joven, pero ni siquiera nos miraba. Entonces la niña grande pidió que repitiera en español y la monja mayor le golpeó la cara. ¡Lisen tu mi! Yu mos spik inglich, ol of yu. Inglich languach onli. ¿Du yu onderstendit? Ahora solo comprendimos que la monja estaba realmente brava, a mi entender, sin motivos. La niña grande se aguantaba su cachete con una mano y con la otra abrazaba al hermanito, que empezó a llorar de nuevo.” “Entrevista con la autora sobre el cuento: —Háblame un poco de cómo surgió la idea de la participación de Aymara Aymerich en un proyecto como Cicatrices en la memoria. —Supongo que a las personas que crearon el proyecto les haya parecido bien incluirme. [....] —Me imagino que hayas trabajado a partir de una investigación... —Sí, hubo un proceso de investigación importante. De hecho cuando la Operación Peter Pan ocurrió yo no era ni siquiera un proyecto de persona. Fue una época que no me tocó vivir, pero es una historia que es cercana de todas maneras. Muchas personas han vivido algo similar. En mi familia, por ejemplo, pasó algo muy parecido con parientes míos que actualmente viven en los Estados Unidos. Por supuesto, tuve que documentarme muy bien para poder armar mi historia, aunque el cuento, la anécdota, los personajes, todos son absolutamente de ficción. Pero sí tuve que buscar información del grupo Areíto, de personas que pertenecen o pertenecieron a la Brigada Antonio Maceo. En fin, de personas que viven en los Estados Unidos o en Puerto Rico y que fueron “peterpanes”. Me basé también en el documental de Estela Bravo, en el libro La Operación Peter Pan. Fue una investigación que me llevó aproximadamente un par de meses. Sé que se me quedaron muchas cosas por investigar y sé también que el tema da para muchísimo más. Incluso, en algún momento me gustaría abordarlo un poco más a partir de la historia que creé, del conflicto que escogí. Si resulta, según como lo tengo pensado, puede que se convierta en una noveleta.”

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 28th 2010

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