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,

José Antonio Amaro Reyes

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Current Name
Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
José Antonio Amaro Reyes
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Tuesday, August 14, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Matecumbe

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Nací en el antiguo municipio de Holguín de la antigua provincia de Oriente en el año 1948. Fui bauti...

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Y pensar que nuestra intención nunca fue de ser "emigrados," si no de estar en este gran país por un tiempito y después regresar a nuestra Patria, cuando fuera libre.

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Dec 21st 2013

Tienes un gran talento para escribir, Jose! Me emocione al leer la historia de tu llegada a Miami. Que Dios te bendiga durante la Navidad y 2014.

Message by Mariana Cosmides | Dec 21st 2013

¡Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Pedro Pan brothers and sisters! ¡Feliz navidad y un próspero año nuevo! Que el año 2014 les traiga buena salud, mucha felicidad y prosperidad junto a sus hijos, nietos, amigos y todos los seres queridos. Enero 1ro de 2014 marca el 55 aniversario del fatídico y diabólico régimen totalitario comunista que esclaviza a la tierra que nos vi nacer y de la cual con el favor de Dios logramos escapar a tiempo para poder vivir respirando aires de libertad, ejerciendo el derecho de cada ser humano a elegir cómo vivir y ganándonos nuestro sustento a través de nuestro propio esfuerzo, sin robarle nada a nadie. Es innegable que a pesar de constituir un minúsculo grupo de emigrados a los Estado Unidos de sólo 14,000 integrantes nuestro éxito y triunfo han sido rotundos. ¡Muchísimas felicidades!

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Dec 21st 2013

GALA ANUAL PEDRO PAN DE 2013 {video}: ¡Pura felicidad! ¡Echando un pie y unas cuantas canas al aire! ¡Celebrando por todo lo alto en el Coral Gables Country Club¡ ¡Cómo gozan los Pedro Panes en tierras de libertad y abundancia! ¡Bien merecido, hermanos, por todos los sacrificios que hemos hecho y por los triunfos bien merecidos que hemos logrado a través de nuestro propio esfuerzo en esta bella tierra adoptiva! Copy and paste:

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Dec 21st 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all Pedro Pans! ¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Nov 28th 2013

José's been a while since chatted on this site.....just want to let you know that we will include you in our thoughts as the PP brethren celebrate at the annual reunion. We still keep our fingers crossed that someday you will join us. Also, I'll take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Nov 21st 2013

After serving 12 years, 6 months and 12 days, he was set free. He was part of the group "LOS PLANTADOS Y EN CALZONCILLO" He is now enjoying his children, granchildren and his great grandchildren. He is very active in "THE POLITICAL PRISONERS". Thank you for asking Jose Antonio

Message by Ramón Luis de Guzmán Chaple | Nov 21st 2013

I may have been in error regarding Sacred Heart. I thought it was in Colorado Springs but it was actually in Pueblo....sorry my mistake. In my recollection and I can confirm the information with girls whose brothers were at St Vincent, the boy visited one day each weekend for a couple of hours. I had forgotten St Vincent was in close proximity to Queen of Heaven. In my recollection, there was no communication between the Pedro Paners at Queen of Heaven and St Vincent and the Pedro Paners at Sacred Heart in Pueblo. I only learned of the existence of Sacred Heart in the last few years. I recently had contact with a Pedro Paner who had been a resident at Sacred Heart and he indicated he and the other Pedro Paners had no knowledge of our existence at Queen of Heaven and St Vincent.

Message by Marta Valero | Oct 26th 2013

Miami-Dade County has adopted a resolution codesignating SW 80 Street from SW 107 Avenue to SW 114 Avenue on the grounds of Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, formerly the site of Operation Pedro Pan Kendall Camp shelter facility, as "Pedro Pan Street." The resolution was sponsored by Senator Javier D. Souto and co-sponsored by Rebeca Sosa, Chairwoman of the Board of Commissioners. The Board of Directors of Operation Pedro Pan Group led the effort. Congratulations OPPG Board Members!

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Oct 26th 2013

José Antonio says: Miami-Dade County has adopted a resolution codesignating SW 80 Street from SW 107 Ave to SW 114 Ave on the grounds of Kendall Indian Hammocks Park

Status update | Oct 26th 2013

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