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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Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes
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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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Hi Jose Antonio, I see that you are trying to find the location of Florida City. The easiest way is to go to Googleeath and enter a place called Keystone Products Inc. This is the place that was next to the camp that had the huge pedruscos. I remember always wondering what they were for. Now I know, las vueltas que da la vida, I buy Keystone tile from them whenever I need to do a Keystone pool deck for a client. The camp is right next to it and the configuration is unmistakable. Other than that the directions may sound complicated but it is very easy to get there. US-1 to S.W. 328 Street (East Lucy Street or Florida City’s 8th Street), turn right (west) to next street, N.W. 1st Avenue, then left (south) to 14th Street, turn right (west) and the newest long building (the one where you are retratado en el banquito) is on you left hand side. Hope this can help. By the way I have enjoyed your exchanges with Yolanda. Saludos from this Pedro Pan sister, Carmen.

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Aug 11th 2009

Hola, José Antonio. Fancy to meet you here! I just sent to your e-mail address a copy of a map to Florida City, with street and house numbers. I tried to send you a message here just now and it didn't go through. Let's see if it makes it this time. Yolanda

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Aug 11th 2009

Oye Pepe tu sabes que yo siempre he sido una persona seria!!!!!!! Matecumbe queda en sw137th avenida y 120st. y el KENDALL queda en sw114ave y 79st del south west. ok. ten quidado y no te vayas a perder pruqe si te pierdes entonces el PENDE mas nunca me perdona ok.

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Aug 11th 2009

08/08/09 Compay JAAR: Estoy viniendo a la computadora a cada rato buscando mensajes de mi hija que se encuentra en Rwanda, Africa. De paso veo cuando me ponen mensajes en el PPNetwork y no puedo resistir la tentación de abrirlos enseguida. Primero te digo que me alegro me recordaras lo de ser oriental, pues en éso tambien tenemos cierta conexión. Prácticamente aprendí a hablar en Santiago de Cuba y el dejito se me quedó por largo tiempo. Mis padres son cienfuegueros de cepa y yo estoy inscrita como oriunda de la Perla del Sur, aunque vi la luz por primera vez en Cumanayagua. De ahi nos fuimos a Oriente donde estuve hasta los cinco años. La Habana me vio crecer, con frecuentes viajes al interior. Me quedé con ganas de ir a Baracoa y a Isla de Pinos, de los puntos mas nombrados de Cuba, pero tengo la dicha de haber viajado mucho por nuestra isla. –Oye, me parece que leí algo que escribiste por ahí sobre los cienfuegueros... Puede que sea verdad. Mi padre era candela. Yo no entendía porque mi mami lo quería tanto, pero tu ‘explicación’ da que pensar. Je, jé. Recuerdo haber estudiado a Piaget en college y luego, cuando tuve a mis hijos revisé un libro que me quedaba. Pero en este momento me pueden torturar matas y no podría decir qué le saqué al susodicho. ¡Qué interesante lo del libro y la carta que te encontraste! ¿Todavia te comunicas con ese amigo? Tengo la suerte de que mi esposo es historiador y de vez en cuando conversamos de temas universales. Por él me empaté con Myers-Briggs personality types. Later a friend introduced me to The Wisdom of the Enneagram. I found it fascinating and a little disturbing. There’s a website for it, of course. --I told you I started re-reading Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning but in a Spanish translation. I am not liking the translation at all. I think it was translated from the English by a Spaniard, and it’s full of awkward constructions and vocabulary that sounds strange to me. Still, I am finding the book every bit as impactful as I remember it from the first time. In a way it is a refresher course in my auto therapy, as I am currently staving off the depression that threatens to attack under the circumstances I find myself in: taking care of my elderly mother who is having a very hard time dealing with her ailments. This has come in the heels of having cared for my father. I’ve been dealing with two depressed old people for the past nine years and now I am rather confined by the situation and from having decrepit knees that make me feel ancient too. More reason to keep my mind active and positive! In more ways than one finding the Pedro Pan Network has been a Godsend for me. Hasta la “volvida” compay Jose Antonio. Yolanda.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 8th 2009

Hi Jose Antonio; I really appreciate your kind words, I have to say I was really surprised that someone actually read through this stories, last night was my first visit to this site and I was moved by a story which made really realize how lucky I really was by been able to reunite with my Mom even after all the problems I went through as the other Peter Pan has never been able to, thank you for your encouragement and understanding. God bless. gladys.

Message by Gladys Perez Fleites | Aug 7th 2009

Jose te fijastes en la foto que puso el PENDE en so PROFILE. se parece a ROBERT REDFORD. verdad? ahora se echo una novia de 29 anos la pobre ella se cree que el tiene mucho dinero la pobre no tengo el valor de decirle que lo deje quisas cuando los veas a los dos preguntale oye MIGUEL nunca me havias dicho que tenias una hija. tu vera lo que va a decir. para eso si que vas a tener que traer un chaleco blindado.

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Aug 7th 2009

NO tienes que poneerte nada ok. la pas a pasar muy bien te lo prometo. te veo en NOV. espero que al Pende no le un ataque del corazon cuando te vea. tu sabes que a el le dio uno de verdad ase dos anos atras en unas de nuestras reuniones cuenado estaba jugando TENNIS con LUIS ALVAREZ por que se havia jugado 100 dolares que le iva a ganar a LUIS y cuando perdio y tenia que pagar tuvimos que llamar a la ambulancia y se lo llevaron para el JACKSON MEMORIAL. y cuando le dieron de alta y vio la cuenta que le dieron ahi si que por poco le dio otro ataque . pero garcias a todo esta bien porque nunca le pago su puesta a LUIS ni la cuenta del hospital la direcsion que dio fue CUBAN BOYS TOWN FLORIDA CITY. y todavia estan mandando la cuenta a ese lugar. y siempre le responden al hospital RETURN TO SENDER NO SUCH NUMBER NO SUCH NAME

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Aug 7th 2009

Jose, El e-mail de Juan Pazos Maldonado es me dijo que le enviaras un e-mail y el se comunicara contigo. Gracias Antonio J Garcia

Message by Antonio J Garcia Menendez | Aug 3rd 2009

Jose Antonio, me entere esta manana que Tony Garcia hablo con Pazos la semana pasada. Ponte en contacto con Antonio Garcia.

Message by George Mas Enjamio | Jul 31st 2009

Jose, no one from the Mariana Home, that I know of, has heard from Juan Pazos for many years. The last we heard he was in Indiana. You might want to ask Antonio Garcia who is linked to my profile page. He was recently actively looking for Juan.

Message by George Mas Enjamio | Jul 30th 2009

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