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
Relocated To
CWB Florida City
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Casa Suarez
Groups
Haiti Pedro Pan
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Status update | Sep 26th 2010

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Message by zoila sanchez | Sep 22nd 2010

Gracias carmen por apuntarme el lo de los Campamentos. Un beso

Message by Maria T Extremera Hernandez de Armas | Sep 13th 2010

Hola Carmen, gracias por tu nota, espero verlos en Noviembre, saluda a Gillermo de mi parte.

Message by Manuel J. Izquierdo Rodriguez | Sep 12th 2010

Hola Carmen, solo unas palabras para decirte que ya hice reservaciones en el hotel y tambien para el baile estoy tratando de ir a lo de los campamentos, gracias po todo lo que haces para reunir a nuestros hermanos PP, saludos a Guillermo y para ti un fuerte abrazo.

Message by Maria T Extremera Hernandez de Armas | Sep 12th 2010

Maria del Carmen says: God Bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her, thru the night with the light from above.

Status update | Sep 11th 2010

Comentarios sobre la misa de nuestra patrona, la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, en la Universidad de Miami, el 8 de septiembre. La procesión comenzó con el padre Luis Pérez, en aquella voz única y que me remonta a Florida City, aclamando: “Abajo el Comunismo,” “Viva Cuba Libre”. Luego en la homilía, el nuevo Arzobispo de Miami, Thomas Wenski, hizo mención de cómo se cumplen 50 años de que la iglesia de Miami comenzó a recibir a los niños de la Operación Pedro Pan que venían de Cuba huyendo del Comunismo. Hablo del comunismo y aquellas cosas que nunca olvidaremos como los paredones de fusilamiento. Una misa preciosa y muy emocionante

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 10th 2010

St Francis Prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; when there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand, to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying [to ourselves] that we are born to eternal life.

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 6th 2010

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Status update | Sep 3rd 2010

Ay, Carmen, ¡qué bien has destacado las diferencias de como explica la gente las cosas de acuerdo con su punto de vista y sus propósitos! Gracias por llenar algunos de los blancos que tenía, pues aunque me acuerdo de aquella caminata como si estuviera viendo una película, no recuerdo los datos geográficos. Cuando vuelva a Miami me tienes que dar las coordenadas para ir yo tambien. Para mí uno de los puntos mas impresionantes fue cuando Niurka Ruiz, Adelaida Gonzalez y no recuerdo el nombre de la otra, se tiraron al agua de un canal oscuro y enyerbao. Creo que fui yo quien se puso a gritar que podía haber serpientes mocasines y hasta alligators y salieron pronto, pero muertas de la risa. La verdad que a pesar del calor, el hambre y la sed nos divertimos mucho. Nada mas que poder caminar libremente y dejar las cercas del campamento atrás fue un gozo tremendo. Yo llevé mi sombrero de guano que traje de Cuba y varias personas se turnaron poniéndoselo. Tengo fotos que un dia de éstos voy a escanear. Thanks for the memories!!!

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Aug 31st 2010

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