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,

Lomberto Pérez Plasencia

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Current Name
Lomberto Pérez Plasencia
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United States of America
Name on Arrival
Lomberto Pérez Plasencia
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Tuesday, May 1, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Florida City
Stayed With
Mr. & Mrs. Arturo Weiss

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1962---Mayo 1ro: Salí de Cuba en vuelo de Pan American con mi hermano menor de 10 años, Ernesto, mi hermana mayor Teresita de 16, y, yo de 14, acabados de cumplir. La noche anterior, nuestro hermano m...

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Lomberto: Amigos de Estrella Rodriguez Pereira quieren saber de Oscar Nuñez que tambien fue a Yakima. Si lo conoces, por favor, ponle un mensaje a ella o a mi para hacercelo llegar a las personas interesadas. Muchas gracias.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Aug 12th 2010

Lomberto, leyendo tu historia me hizo gracia que te referistes a la primera family, los Schutyzer, como ancianitos de pelo blanco que tendrian 60 y algo años y resulta que ahora somos nosotros los ancianitos!!! Que distinto se ve desde la perspectiva de un niño/jovencito! Me alegro que al final terminaron con un foster home que los trataron como familia y no como esos primeros. Un saludo Pedro Panero.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Aug 11th 2010

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Status update | Aug 10th 2010

Lomberto, tenemos mas de una cosa en comun.Aparte que el segundo apellido de ustedes es Plasencia como el de mi hermano Pepe y el mio, tambien queremos a tus tios Asteria y Jorgito. Que casualidad!. Afectos MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | May 15th 2010


Message by FABIAN TRUJILLO PLASENCIA | Feb 23rd 2010

Lomberto, fue un placer volver a verte y hablar contigo ya que hacia mas de 45 anos desde la ultima vez que compartimos un buen rato. Espero seguir en contacto. Saludos para tu familia Un abrazo Manuel

Message by Manuel J. Izquierdo Rodriguez | Dec 9th 2009

Lomberto, when my brother and I arrived in Albuquerque, NM, in early Sep of 62, we thought that was barely at the edge of civilization. But we had not heard about Yakima. A few years ago, while doing a driving tour of Washington State, I passed through Yakima, and spent a night there. Honey Child! No wonder you became so tough and resilient.--The old couple seems rather humorous now, but I bet they were quite a shock for you then. What a relief to look back at those trials and know that most of us not only survived, but prevailed. Thank you for the detailed story. It's an honor to know you. Yolanda

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Aug 31st 2009

Man... what a story... and I thought I had a tough time at the Orphanage in Helena, Montana and later at the foster home in Whitefish.. No matter how bad it was for me, I never had to use the toilet paper twice. I am surprised that your foster parents were getting $100.00 monthly allowance from the church. Mine told me they only got $70.00 -- Like we said in Cuba: "se estaban dando la puñalá." You may read my story if you wish. However, I guarantee you it will not be as interesting as yours. Take care.

Message by Ozzie Mora | Aug 31st 2009

Lomby,muy bueno. Te felicito. Si cada cubano hiciera algo así, estoy segura de que no solo podríamos fundar una biblioteca de historias ejemplares, sino educaríamos a muchos ciudadanos del mundo que aún permanecen ignorantes y de espaldas al dolor de Cuba.. Cada emigrante cubano triunfador se ha ganado con creces su lugar en el mundo a base de historia, sacrificio, trabajo y sobre todo dignidad.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Jun 25th 2009

Lomberto: tu relato es tan trágico que no me quedó más remedio que cagarme de la risa (como diría Álvarez Guedes). Por cierto que Yakima ha cambiado mucho, pero eso sí sigue siendo el culo del mundo (como diría Álvarez Guedes). Dale gracias a Dios que por lo menos no los mandaron a Walla Walla a recoger cebollas. ¡Tú eres prueba de que un cubano dispuesto los tiene bien puesto! ¡Felicidades!

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Jun 9th 2009

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