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

José Antonio's Story

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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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Estimado y distinguido Sr. Pepito Amaro: Le sugerimos que se aconseje para que usted no sea el proximo en caer en la olla de grillos. Atentamente, Yo!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 3rd 2009

Jose Antonio, gracias por contestarme, te digo que escribes muy bonito. Sabes que cuando sali de mi Santiago solo tenia 12 anitos pero recuerdo todos los ratos felices que pase junto a mi familia, ademas mis padres antes de salir de Cuba nos llevaron a los hermanos a conocerla completa, por lo tanto tengo bellos recuerdos de nuestra querida CUBA. Saludos de tu hermanita de PP, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Sep 2nd 2009

Jose Antonio, yes, you are right Soberats is Catalan (my paternal grandmother) and Monfort is Basque (my paternal grandfather). He was born in Sitges at the border of Spain and France. There are still some relatives in Spain left. My mother's side is from Canary Island. Oh well, who knows if any of our ancestors ever met... Good to talk to you also.

Message by Niurka A Strong | Sep 2nd 2009

Asi es la vida de nosotros los Pedropanes, un momento viviendo una vida tranquila y pacifica y de pronto escupiendo ojos. Pero eso me lo enseño nuestra amiga Yolanda que se lo dijo a alguien confidencialmente pero yo tengo conecciones para enterarme lo que pasa aqui. No se lo cuentes a nadie. Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 2nd 2009

Jose Antonio...Gracias for tu interes en mi breve relato de mi experiencia. La realidad es que la historia de America esta repleta de cuentos similares a los nuestros. You simplemente tube la buena suerte de ser cuidado y querido por gente muy generosa. Tambien lei tu histora; cuando llegaste a Fla City ya yo estaba en Montana. Me alegro muchisimo leer que pudiste reunirte de nuevo con tu familia relativamente rapido. Espero que el futuro te obsequie todo lo que desees y que vivas en paz y felicidad por el resto de tus dias. Un fuerte abrazo de un nuevo hermano...Mario

Message by Mario E Ramirez Bello | Sep 2nd 2009

Jose Antonio, como estas? veo que estubiste en Fla City yo estube ahi por muchos anos desde el 62 hasta que lo cerraron asi que tenemos que conosernos. Ahora veo que eres Oriental igual que yo, pues yo soy Santiaguera y muy proud de ser de Santiago. Oye mira mis fotos y dime si me te acuerdas de mi, Saludos de otra hermanita mas de PP, Silvia Budejen

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Sep 2nd 2009

Jose, these names sound familiar!! And no one to ask... Mami seemed to know everyone in Holguin. I imagine it was a pretty small town when she grew up there. When she married my dad she moved to Havana.

Message by Adrianne Miller | Sep 2nd 2009

JA: No puedo creer que ni por un momento tu pienses que yo me le escape al diablo...EXCUSE ME...el diablo me dice Mom!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 1st 2009

I read your story and see your grandparents were from Santiago. My father was born there his name was Fernando Monfort Soberats. I case someone in your family recognizes the name....

Message by Niurka A Strong | Sep 1st 2009

Hello Jose Antonio. What a small world!!! I am happy you found me through a message to another Pedro Pan. Yes, that is where the store was and that is the church I went to. Did you know my cousins, Betico, Yayo and Xiomara? Their home was across the street from the store. My maternal grandmother lived on Aricochea 12. I looked at the pictures you posted. I know that bench by the two story building in Fla. City. If I remember well, that is where the vending machine was. I visited the camp about 5-7 years ago, (cannot remember), and drove through the entire complex. Looks just like it did 47 years ago...Even the vending machine is there. Thanks for writing back to me. Niurka

Message by Niurka A Strong | Sep 1st 2009

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