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

Silvia E Portu Garcia

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Silvia E Portu
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United States of America
Name on Arrival
Silvia E Portu Garcia
Age on Arrival
13
Date of Arrival
Thursday, September 6, 1962
Relocated To
1325 SW 87 Ave
Stayed With
Aurora Portu, aunt, Florida City and Lincoln, Nebraska
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Tocaya, vistes a Oneida y Elda en la foto de Yoly? la de la izquierda es Elda y la derecha es Oneida. Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Sep 8th 2009

Sylvia dejame decirte que estas muy bien me alegro que hayas puesto tu foto de ahora. te ves muy bien pero en la proxima que pongas tienes que poner una sonrisa ok. tengo muchas ganas de pasar un tiempo con todas ustedes. las veo pronto ok. ahora estoy mas calmado y asiendo penitencias porque JOSE ANTONIO el santero me lo dijo que cuando CHACHAN se pone bravo no queda mas remedio que aserle cazo. bye FERNANDO COLLADO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Sep 8th 2009

Tocaya, al fin! pues luces de lo mas bien, oye tambien vi las fotos de Norma C. que alegria, ahi vi a Tere Diaz, claro que me acuerdo de ella y otras mas casi todas la conosco OMG, que lindas estan todas, ahora tu tienes que poner las de Fla City que tengas, Abrazos, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Sep 8th 2009

FELIZ DIA MI ADORADA Y MADRE SANTISIMA CARIDAD DEL COBRE; tu que siempre nos has cuidado, en especial a mi y a los mios, en este dia te pido por todos nosotros y los demas Pedro Panes que tanto de ti necesitamos. Fortalece nuestra fe en ti en ti amadisimo HIJO NUESTRO JESUS REDENTOR. NUNCA NOS ABANDONES NI NOS DESAMPARES...TU HAS SIDO NUESTRA PATRONA Y MADRE, TU QUE HAS CUIDADO DE NOSOTROS LOS CUBANOS Y AUN ASI HAS TENIDO UN GRAN CORAZN PARA DEJAR ENTRAR EN EL LAS PETICIONES DE LAS DEMAS PERSONAS EXTRANJERAS PUES TU MADRE MIA SABES CUANDO NOSOTROS TE PEDIMOS CON FE VERDADERA.. MI CACHITA, MI MULATA ADORADA NO NOS DESAMPARES...DEJA QUE YO ACA EN LAS VEGAS PUEDA HACER, HECHAR UN GRANITO DE MOSTAZA PARA QUE TE CELEBREN TU DIA AUNQUE SEA CON UNA MISA PARA TI YA QUE AQUI LOS CUBANOS SE HAN OLVIDADO DE PEDIRLO ASI..TE PIDO MI MADRE QUERIDA..PON TU SANTO MANTO SOBRE MI PARA PODER SEGUIR ADELANTE CON LO MIO, MI FAMILIA EN UNION AMOROSA, POR LOS DEMAS DE ACA Y SUS FAMILIARES Y POR LOS DE LAS VEGAS Y TU MISA CADA ANO..AMEN MI MADRE...TE AMO Y TU DE VERDAD SABES CUANTO..AMEN !!

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 8th 2009

Silvi gracias eso era lo que pensaba pero me puse a rezar en la iglesia y al lado de mi laptop y decide ignorar las sandeces que hablan ellos aca de los demas y de mi Catolicismo (aunque ellos dicen que son Catolicos a "su manera" y me voy un dia por 14 horas a Grand Canyon, despues otro dia al strip que me deje el que trabaja ahi a las 7 am y me recoje a las 6pm asi lo hago por dos dias y uno de esos dias me voy al show de Cirque Du Soleil y me entretengo y ya Luis de California (otro Pedro Pan) y su queridisima esposa me invitaron para que fuera para California y que me quedara alla en su cuarto adicional y asi me pasean por LA, Hollywood etd y vamos a la reunion de los Pedro Panes si Dios quiere y saber que?? Le voy a tomar en serio su invitacion el viaje en Greyhound me cuesta ida y vuelta $98 y son 5 horas asi que me voy si Dios quiere lo que tengo que averiguar si el o la esposa me pueden buscar donde me deja que es a 50 millas...te dire...pero aca lo IGNORO pues esta es una guerra eterna pero YO no estoy en esto..

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 7th 2009

Silvia, ahora es que caigo yo con lo de la foto de Jaclyn, de verdad es que me lo crei....mira que nos divertimos.....entre las fotos clonadas de Marcos, los caballos, y todas las demas cosas....se le olvidan a uno las penas....la risa es remedio infalible. Un abrazo de

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Sep 6th 2009

09/06/09 Querida Silvie: Por favor mandame las fotos del "unveiling".....me dice Normita que hasta ella salio. PLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEAAAAAASEEEEEEEEEE! Otmara

Message by Otmara Capote | Sep 6th 2009

Silvia: Gracias por tus comentarios tan cariñosos y agradables. Ay, pero como se te ocurre decir eso de Marcos. Yo le tengo un miedo terrible..es como un lobo feroz. Yo no me meto con el pues me dicen que tiene un genio que hay que tenerle miedo.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 6th 2009

Hola Silvia, figurate que la razon que Marcos no pudo ir a almorzar con nosotras ayer es que tenia que terminar el cloning process. Como que Bernardo no quiere caldo alli le van las 8 tazas. Solo falta que todos nos multipliquemos por 8. Ahorita vamos a ser mas numerosos que el deficit nacional. En la union esta la fuerza y multiplicala por 8. Cariños, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 6th 2009

Mi querida Silvia: Claro que me acuerdo de ti hermanita del alma. Si, estuvimos juntas en Lourdes. Fuimos la primera clase que atendio a esa escuela ya que fuimos nosotros las que la abrimos y ninas cubanas fueron las primeras en graduarse ese ano. Si me acuerdo bien, Amparito Milan fue una de ellas. Ay, "El Ultimo Suspiro"! Bien que me acuerdo de nuestro periodiquito. Sabes, tengo todavia una copia del, la ultima que escribimos. Si tu no la tienes, te hago una copia y te la envio. Me acuerdo que papi Villar escribio un articulo titulado "El Campamiento es Mi....". El estaba tan triste porque lo iban a cerrar! Silvia Budejen y yo celebramos nuestros 15 juntas. Si bien me recuerdo tu bailaste en nuestra fiesta. El vals que vailamos fue "El Vals De Las Flores" Tengo una foto de la mesa del cake con Sylvia, Gabi Villar, yo y el muchacho que fue mi companero, amigo de Gabi y tan lindo que era y yo no me puedo acordar de su nombre! Tengo algunas fotos pero no tengo ni la menor idea como poder ponerlas en el website. Tu me podrias explicar como acerlo? Una de las fotos es con Juanita Castro en el escenario de Florida City el dia que yo recita la poesia de "La Bandera Traicionada". Ella habia oido que you recitaba esa poesia y quiso ir a oirla a un acto que tuvimos en el campamento. Buedo, despues de la poesia ella subio al escenario y me dio una bandera cubana con la promesa que daria su vida por devolvernos lo que su hermano nos habia quitado. En esa foto vez a Juanita, Maria del Carmen Faguno, la cual aun tenia el vestido en el que bailamos en uno de los actos, y yo. Atraz se ve a un ninito aguantando la bandera, pero no me acuerdo de su nombre. Me gustaria poder verlas. Yo vivo en Virginia y no seria dificil ir a Miami. Creo que lei algo acerca de una reunion en Noviembre? Por favor, dejame saber, donde y cuando, para poder hacer planes para ir. Que lastima que no supe acerca del monumento a los Peter Pan. Alguien tendra fotos? Silvi, mantente en contacto por favor. Tenemos ahora una oportunidad increible, un gran regalo del cielo! Besitos y abrazos, Mercy

Message by Mercedes Argiz Escribano | Sep 6th 2009

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