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,

Felix Diaz Alvarez

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Current Name
Felix Diaz
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Felix Diaz Alvarez
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Thursday, January 4, 1962
Stayed With
Kendall Camp, St. Vincent Home for Children's Lansing Michigan

Felix's Story

After spending a few months in Kendall on September 13, 1962 a group of about 25 boys from Matecumbe and Kendall were sent to St. Vincent Home for Children’s in Lansing, Michigan, I had no clue at all...

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Felix, the Kendall Camp address is 11025 SW 84 St. It is now a huge park called Indian Hammocks Park. Some of the bldgs. are still there and I believe are still being used by the govt. for children. If you look in my profile you'll see the bldg. where the girls lived which was taken this year. A friend took it so I don't know if the bldg. which was across the dirt road is still there. Eloísa

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Oct 10th 2009

Can somebody tell me the exact location of Kendall Camp and is it still recognizable? Are the buildings still there? I will like to visit the next time I'm in Florida. Thanks to all

Message by Felix Diaz | Oct 10th 2009


Message by Clara H. Nunez Carnot | Aug 28th 2009

Felix: Not only did we go to Florida City for the rehearsals, but if my memory serves me well we also praciced at Kendall. I dol remember that it was not only square dancing that we learned, but also " el Zapateo".

Message by Frank D Jimenez | Jul 12th 2009

Daniel A. Are you register? Your name is gray-out and can't leave you messages Best Regards

Message by Felix Diaz | Jul 7th 2009

Felix: Just glanced at the Varela baseball team pix. I can’t say I actually recognized anyone, except the "coach" that was a professor of "educacion fisica"; his name was Enrique Tendeiro. That group appears to be younger than my group. The teams were divided by age groups. Under 13, under 15 and under 18. However, I do remember when we got those new uniforms. I played a little with the under 15 (also call "los medianos"). Did you go to Varela? Somebody on your page talks about Central España? Most of the guys and girls from Central España were medio-pupilos. How far did you get in school before you left? Looking at the profile you are a couple years younger than I am. Best regards

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Jul 7th 2009

Felix, I love your pictures. The group shots are gems.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Jul 5th 2009

HI I do remenber square dances . Was at Kendall from April 62 TO aug 62 . Then to Peoria Ill . Very nice to read all the stories from PP.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Jul 4th 2009

Felix, I sent you an e-mail, let me know if you received it.

Message by Miguel M Miguel de la Puente | Jun 15th 2009

Felix: I'll send you the scan of the picture front and back. I am trying to remember his name, but it's been a long time. I'll go through the signatures on the back to se if they refresh my memory.

Message by Frank D Jimenez | Jun 14th 2009

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