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

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
13
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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Admite que te pusistes nervioso cuando leeiste mi mensage a Yoli sobre las otras palabras que podia usar pa'ponerte pa'tu numero. It would have not been pretty...Estabas temblando tanto que me pusistes 'Suasana' y eso no te pasa nunca. Pero no, yo no te estoy comiendo el cerebro nada...tht was a bluff for Yoli so she can't figure out the true strategy. Pienso que si los enrredamos a todos suficiente nadie le puede decir a la Santa que vamos a utilizar en la defensa. Get it? You know I would never never never betray a partner in crime.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 18th 2009

No, no, sir...la idea fue toda suya y muy original...Please be prepared for all the publicity you will receive from this case after coming up with this strategy. Yo si creo que la persona mas indicada en investigar if the outfits fit is Marcos PI. I'm sure he would do it with pleasure.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 18th 2009

Estimado Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes: Our present firm of "Corazones De Palo y Comejen, PA" is presently drafting an offer for our professional services. If you are succesful in the defense of Saint vs. Willie, filed in the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, you will be considered for full partnership. It has come to my attention that the prosecution plans to use the strategy of what happens in PR stays in PR in the event that the defense turns the table on the prosecuting party. The defense problem is going to be to proof that the outfits in the photo in question did not fit, therefore, the jury must acquit. Thank you for your interest in joining our firm. We will submit our proposal in the near future.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 18th 2009

Por cierto, esta mañana lei por ahi que nos consideran los legal eagles de nuestro amigo PP de tan bella historia...parece que vamos a quedarnos con la representacion. Dime que te parece estos nombres.....Rodriguez & Amaro, P.A. or The Law Office of Rodriguez & Amaro....maybe an add ie. 'If you have any accident, don't talk to the insurance company until you've consulted Rodriguez & Amaro, P.A." .....please, give me your feedbadk

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 18th 2009

Buenos dias, Jose Antonio..Te cuento que amaneci con un antojo de pan Cubano y decidi que bueno, no me haria mucho daño manejar unas 10 cuadras a una pequeña bodega que lo hace muy sabroso (ni que me hiciera falta las calorias y los carbohydratos). So I decided to drive and when I turned the wheel at the corner I realized why I was told not to drive for a few days. PAIN! Nevertheless, I'm really doing good and the incision seems to be healing well..I have a nice purpleish, blue 1/2 arm...looks tie died!!! I'm great. Thank you for asking? And how are you today?

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 18th 2009

somehow the 'french' word got mixed up when posting...did I get the phrase correct?

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 17th 2009

Joven: Hoy no tenia son de guerra. Es mas he estado tranquilita escuchando y disfrutando de una seleccion multi-nacional de canciones. Y ahora con Lucho Gatica cantandome El Reloj creo que pronto I'm going to bid adieu. Debo de estudiarme mas el protocol le diplomate de l'ambassade Fran&#1079;aise, Bonnes nuits, mon ami

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 17th 2009

INFAMIA! Quizas lo hayas leido en ese tono pero fijese que lo estaba diciendo en una voz muy dulce y suave...almost like a whisper. Clara, que por ahi, especificamente el PI se han llenado la boca para hacer insinuaciones de una dureza no existente...Y si es que esta en busca de otro apology, don't press your luck! Un 'dulce' saludo. Susanita

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 17th 2009

Ay, caramba...que pena....Al menos te quedo el otro hojo y aunque a lo mejor tiene vista tunel, no la perdio completa. Mas me preocupa el problema del desplume! Quizas debes de tener alguna precaucion por donde camina. Aunque teniendo tantos cuidados no podra disfrutar tanto del recreo. Sinceramente, le deseo que se mejore. Saludos igualmente.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 17th 2009

José Antonio: Verdaderamente fue asi. A pesar de mi corazon de palo, me impresiono tanto que tuve que enviarle un correo electronico. We shall now await the sequel...proposed title..."My Life with a Saint"...or do you have another possible title?

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 17th 2009

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