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,

Josefa Bouza Diaz

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Current Name
Josefa Palau Bouza
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Josefa Bouza Diaz
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Saturday, March 3, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Florida City
Stayed With
The Rodriguez Walling in Florida City

Josefa's Story

Hola, cuando me hice ciudadana cambie mi nombre de Josefa a Josefina. Mi apellido de casada es Palau. Tengo una familia muy linda, mi esposo Sidney, mi hija Christina y mi hijo Alex. Tengo un nietro, ...

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Josefina, gracias por tus palabras.Puse a mi memoria a buscarte y no logro encontrarte, pero se que en muchas oportunidades nos encontramos en el comedor.En tu epoca en Florida City yo trabajaba en la cocina. Veo que eres amiga de Donaida,ella estaba con mi tia Peluca Cesari.Si mal no recuerdo la casa de Rodriguez Walling estaba al frente de la casa de mi tia..Pronto nos encontraremos. Cariños...MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Oct 2nd 2010

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Status update | May 27th 2010

Querida Flaca hoy pude leer tu historia, mira que lindo, siendo hermanas desde hace tantos años e ignoraba que Chachito vino contigo en el viaje. gracias flaca por ser como eres y por haber tenido tantas acciones bonita conmigo, como cuando murio mi papa y era el viaje a San Antonio por primera vez, querias que fuera contigo y tu familia y corrias con todos mis gastos del viaje porque sabias que en ese momento mi situacion economica no era muy buena. Y gracias por ser mi hermanita te quiere Donaida

Message by Donaida | Jun 15th 2009

Me alegro mucho poderte ver. Mariita

Message by Maria C. (Mariita) Doval | Jun 11th 2009

Mi flaca querida! El privilegio de haber estado en Villa Maria contigo y de ser para siempre HERMANAS, es todo nuestro. Se que puedo hablar por todas Las Muchachitas de Villa Maria cuando lo digo. A Dios la gloria que asi lo quiso! Bechitos

Message by Maria de las Nieves Aulet de Velazquez Pizarrosa | May 28th 2009

Flaca, como me voy a enojar porque menciones mi nombre en tu bio, al contrario. Nuestro vuelo, el 3 de marzo del 62, fue inolvidable, impresionante y muy triste, pero tambien bastante aventurero, ya que nunca me habia montado en algo que volara tan alto que le pasara a las nubes, y estaba ansioso por ver flamencos, cocoteros y mi nuevo colegio, "muy moderno, de tres plantas" (eso me dijeron), aunque solo encontre varias cabanas entre muchos pinos, serpientes venenosas y la perdida de mi alegre juventud cubana: MATECUMBE! Te quiero. mario ernesto

Message by Mario Ernesto | May 21st 2009

Hermana, Gracias por tu testimonio. Tambien gracias por escribir en espanol, tenemos la lengua materna como un enlace eterno que nos ata a la Madre Patria. Como tu, yo tambien anhelo ver a Cuba libre y soberana, ojala que ese dia se aproxime. Bendiciones para ti y los tuyos. Hace poco publique "Lo que aprendi de mi perro" un libro de cuentos cortos que dedico a la Operacion Pedro Pan. Puedes leer un cuento del mismo visitando Ojala que te guste. Un abrazo, Fernan Hernandez

Message by Fernando P Hernandez Lorenzo | May 20th 2009

Flaca: Que bonito de donde sacas tiempo para todas estas cosas. Tenemos que buscar a Ibis.

Message by Maria C. (Mariita) Doval | May 18th 2009

Ileana mi email el escibeme y ver si podemos charlar. Te aprecia sin conocerte. Josefina

Message by Josefa Palau Bouza | May 18th 2009

Josefa nos gustaria leer tu historia, es facil hazla..lee la mia y seamos en Miami y tu en que parte de los EUA??

Message by ileana | May 17th 2009

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