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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Silvia E Portu Garcia
Age on Arrival
13
Date of Arrival
Thursday, September 6, 1962
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1325 SW 87 Ave
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Aurora Portu, aunt, Florida City and Lincoln, Nebraska
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Hola, Silvia....efectivamente, aqui los guajiros de Central Fl. no dejamos de emocionarno cada vez que sale el shuttle. Siempre nos lo quedamos viendo hasta que desaparece en el espacio y sobre todo, esperamos a que suelte los 'boosters' para estar tranquilos que todo salio bien. Hablando del espacio, ya se que tengo que ponerme en 'orbita' y empezar de nuevo alguna broma u otra. I've been a little 'descombobulated' but don't worry, sooner or later, I'll get back on the ball......bicho malo never stays quiet for a long time.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 1st 2009

Hola Silvia, Estoy bien lo que super ocupada. Pienso ir al desayuno si Dios quiere y tambien al unveiling de este sabado. Nos hablamos antes. Un beso, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Aug 31st 2009

Hola Silvia, Te debo una por haber encontrado mi número de teléfono para dárselo a Silvia. Vero y yo nos sorprendimos muchísimo y nos dió una alegría inmensa poder reconectarnos con todo el mundo. Pensamos ir al próximo desayuno, así que allí nos vemos. He estado tratando the descargar una foto mía, pero el sistema no me deja hacerlo. Tengo que averiguar a ver que es lo que estoy haciendo mal. Bueno Silvia, gracias de nuevo por tu buen esfuerzo y estoy loca por verlas a todas. Un fuerte abrazo, Marisol

Message by MARISOL KUTNER | Aug 31st 2009

Thank you Silvia for letting me know about Norma. I am happy to hear she is doing good. We will keep in touch. I think I will be going to Miami in November of next year, so I hope I can see you all. Love, Niurka

Message by Niurka A Strong | Aug 30th 2009

Hola Silvia -he estado por escribirte pero siempre es algo - que ALEGRIA me dio en verlas - cuando nos vemos otra vez? - quiero ver a Norma, Oneida y a Tere Diaz -Carinos y besos,Lourdes A.

Message by Lourdes Alvarez Rivero | Aug 30th 2009

Girl!! Ganamossssss!!!! Oye necesitamos que nos ayudes, pues Marisol y Veronica necesitan tu ayuda con lo del desayuno quieren saber como se registran y a quien se le da el dinero. We need your help. Love tu tocaya, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Aug 30th 2009

Oye mi hermanita hace como un mes fuimos a ver a los Marlins con mi hija, esposo y nietos y la pasamos super bien pero te digo que yo soy una cheerleader y grito hasta que me quedo sin voz, seria super ir un grupo, pues vamos a ponernos de acuerdo o.k. tu hermanita tocaya seguiremos informando!!!!ja, ja, Love, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Aug 30th 2009

Hi mi hermanita, oye mi esposo me dijo que te dijera que esta bien bravo con Marlins pues siempre llenan las bases y al final los ponchan, tu sabes el quisiera ser Freddy Gonzales, si tu lo viera como se pone es comiquisimo, pelea y todo. Bueno mi tocaya gracias por aclararme la informacion de la fiesta de Collado, pues con favor de Dios si vamos, que bueno!!! Oye eres comiquisima yo digo que eres la mejor para buscar a alguien, ya Veronica me dijo que tienes que ser el (Google de PP) ja, ja, ja, que bueno la pasamos con este website, ya te digo que eres divina, alegre y muy sinpatica. Oye dime algo de la de.....de Oneida, dile que no sea tan vaga y se registre, saludame tambien a Elda y dile lo mismo, saludos tambien a Normita Calleja ya Vero me estubo hablando de ella, yo siempre me acuerdo de ella creo que por su forma todas la ninas la queriamos o queremos mucho. Bezote grande para ti y tu hijita, tu tocaya, Sil---- Oye llamame cuando quieras o.k.

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Aug 30th 2009

Hi girls!!! que es de tu vida, donde estas? solo queria saludarte y siempre dandote las gracias por todo lo qu haces, un bezote de tu hermanita tocaya, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Aug 29th 2009

Hola, Silvia...gracias por tu mensaje tan cariñoso. Estrañamos mucho a mi hermano pero yo se que es 'a matter of time'. Hoy me llamo el jimagua de el y estaba lloriquiando y me decia que lo estrañaba por que no tenia con quien hablar. A esto le respondi "se honesto que lo que estrañas el no tener con quien pelear"...se rio y me admitio que si. Y asi van pasando los dias y reviviendo los recuerdos. Yo estoy media adicta a este website y siempre me hace pensar en Jorge porque el hubiera estado metido en esta conectando con Raimundo y todo el mundo! Si, hay que hechar sus carcajadas si no nunca hubieramos sobre vivido lo que vivimos. Me alegro que te hayas conectado conmigo y espero que podamos seguirnos comunicando. Oh, por por poco se me olvida, gracias por complementarme de mi foto cuando yo bailaba con los 'follies' ja ja!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Aug 28th 2009

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