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

Yolanda Lopez Miranda

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Current Name
Adrianne Miller
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Yolanda Lopez Miranda
Age on Arrival
14
Date of Arrival
Friday, March 30, 1962
Relocated To
972 SW 6 St, Miami
Stayed With
Ruben Collazo, friend

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Adrianne hello, no I live in Corona California. I do love the area you live in. I moved from Oregon in 1975. I was just there in July for my 40th high school reunion. Lincoln high. Take care. Carlos Becerra

Message by Carlos Angel Becerra Garcia | Sep 8th 2009

Yolandita! Dios mio! I can't believe it!! So glad to hear from you !!..You don't know how often I have thought of you and wonder how you are doing and where you are?? We had a reunion of the cousins in Miami a few years ago and we thought you would be coming too..Tell me all about you, 40 years of it!!..My email is tamargothoms@comcast.net. So, I see Celia Amalia is still at the nursing home..Sonia and I went to see her a few year ago at the Palace..Is that were she is?? Cuentame, cuentame!! Cariños, Seida

Message by Seida R Tamargo Gutierrez | Sep 6th 2009

I just read your story and idea to publish some of our stories, I would love to share many with you I agree that it is super important for the world to know particularly during these times. I tell all my American friends who don't know anything about this to watch The Lost City just for a glimpse of how the revolution would take over everything and why we all left. My contact info: drmom92@gmail.com or (305) 552-5455

Message by Mercedes Leal Radcliff | Sep 4th 2009

Yolie, did you read the Herald article? Thanks to that article quite a few people signed in. So many stories still to be told! It's been a pleasure "meeting" you. Until soon.yoli

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Sep 3rd 2009

Hi Yolanda, Perdona que no te respondiera antes pero es que estube muy ocupadita manteniendo orden en este solarito hoy. Que se harian sin mi. Yo no fui al Merici ni a la Inmaculada. Yo no soy de La Habana, soy de Santa Clara. Tengo familia y amistades que si estudiaban alli aunque creo que no coincidian contigo pues unas eran mas jovenes mientras que otras eran mayores. Estube leyendo tu historia, y veo que dejaste un gap entre el telegrama y el libro. Es intencional? If not, inquiring minds want to know. Welcome home Pedropanita, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 3rd 2009

Hable con Mami y se recuerda de muchos Mirandas en Holguin, pero no amigos de ella, solo conocidos.

Message by Niurka A Strong | Sep 2nd 2009

I only wish my mother had been able to reconnect with some of her past...

Message by Adrianne Miller | Sep 1st 2009

Oh, I am so sorry about your mom. I will check with mine. She is going to be 85 on Sept 6, so her memory is not the greatest, but sometimes she surprises me.. I will let you know.

Message by Niurka A Strong | Sep 1st 2009

Adrianne, Niño Miranda es tío de Ermencita "Menche" Farrán Miranda, hija del médico holguinero Farrán y ex-esposa de mi difunto tío Rodolfo Reyes. José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 1st 2009

My mom's name is Pura and last name is Gutierrez-Gonzales. My uncle owned a big market in Holguin, his name was Norberto Gutierrez married to Mary and had three kids, Betico, Yayo and Xiomara. Three brothers worked there. My aunt Blanca Gutierrez married LLito Cordero, also a market owner, and had Miriam and Abelardo. My Dad's side was Monfort-Soberatz. My dad's name was Fernando Monfort. There were a lot of kids from my Mom's side that lived in Holguin, Camaguey and Habana, all dead except two sisters in Cuba and my mom here. Ask your mom if she recognizes any of the names.

Message by Niurka A Strong | Sep 1st 2009

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