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,

Silvia E Portu Garcia

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Silvia E Portu
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Silvia E Portu Garcia
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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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Gracias Silvia,ya puse los nombres en la lista,sigo agregandole agua a la sopa y el flan de Susy lo vamos a tener que servir en palillos porque no va alcanzar.

Message by Juanita Garcia | Oct 25th 2009

Thank you Silvia por lo de mi bisnieta yo estoy loca con ella. Besos Sary

Message by Sarah Consuelo Aguilar Valdes | Oct 24th 2009

Hola, te preocupes que todo ese niceness no va a durar mucho....Fernando casi siempre esta retirado los fines de semana aunque pueda ser que caiga como un papalote asi como es el..Esta tan embullado que no cabe dentro de la ropa! El Martes 3 de Noviembre tengo que parquearme en la 836 para cuando el avion de el pase por encima, el ale la cadena y se tire, yo poder recojerlo antes que lo hagan papilla en el expressway! Me parece que me he pasado la vida criando niños. Si, Nelson me envio un e-mail y me dijo que iba a la comida del Sabado por la noche. OMG, he is so nice! Bueno, pues por estar aqui se me quedan las cosas sin hacer. Vamos a ver que dicen la gente del flan pero espero que por lo menos este comible. Cariños.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Oct 24th 2009

Silvia: veo que nos estábamos escribiendo notas al mismo tiempo. Son muy buenos tus consejos. Solamente puedo hacer lo necesario en el momento y ya veremos como sale todo. Lo importante es que mi madrecita querida pueda aliviarse, porque ya es demasiado el tiempo que lleva sin encontrar sosiego y bienestar. Gracias por tu apoyo, Silvia. yoli

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Oct 24th 2009

Hola, Silvia...porque estas perdida? Today we are being nice...porque aparentemente siempren confunden mis mensages y me acusaron de no ser 'nice'. So I've changed my ways...Todos estamos en armonia! Join us and sing...Kumbaya, my Lord, Kumbaya...................

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Oct 24th 2009

Hola, Silvia: Veo que andas por estos lares. Siento mucho que tuve que cortar nuestra conversación el otro dia. Hemos tenido mucho ajetreo en estos dias y luego cuando te llamé ya no contestaste. No dejé recado pensando en llamarte otra vez y mira el dia que es ya. Cuando tengas otro chancecito vuelve a llamar y yo haré lo mismo hasta que podamos hablar. La situación de mi mamá sigue seria. Lo peor es que de un momento a otro lo mismo se empeora como se mejora, pero últimamente es mas lo peor que otra cosa. Hasta luego, hermanita. Besos y abrazos de yoli

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Oct 24th 2009

Tocaya, te envie algunas fotos, dime si la recibistes. Carinos, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Oct 22nd 2009

Gracia Silvia, si me acuerdo correctamente, esa foto fue tomada en Santiago de Cuba. Tu hermano, Guillermo

Message by Guillermo R Paz Vazquez | Oct 21st 2009

Que lindo!!!!yo creo que lo que dice es verdad, que tu crees? cuando puedas mandamelo por e-mail para copiarlo. Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Oct 21st 2009

Tocaya, no me llego nada, mandamelo a mi e-mail, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Oct 21st 2009

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