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

Susana (Susy) Garrandés Gonzalez

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Susy Rodriguez
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Susana (Susy) Garrandés Gonzalez
Age on Arrival
10
Date of Arrival
Friday, March 23, 1962
Relocated To
St. Vincent's Orphanage, Vincennes, Indiana
Stayed With
Velasco family-Florida City
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Dear Susy: There is definitely something special about people who have been through hard trials in life. Some are embittered and some are ennobled; some are toughened and some become more vulnerable. From my short acquaintance with you, I’d say you are in the noble and tough category, which is a winning combination in my way of seeing things. I am honored to find your friendship precisely in the fall of our lives. Autumn is the most radiant of seasons. It’s the time in nature when the trees make their definitive statement about life, in the boldest of colors, as they let their leaves go as gifts upon the earth. I’ve never tired to witness the transformation that takes place in autumn --it is always breathtaking and joyous! So this is our time to look back upon the spring and summer of our lives, understand better what happened then, and to show our best colors in grateful celebration for having made it so far. Thank you for rounding out your story, Susy. I know there’s much more in there, but there’s time to fill in the gaps as we exchange even more stories. Un fuerte abrazo de Yolanda.

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Aug 20th 2009

Gina, te acuerdas de la cita que tuvimos?

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 20th 2009

Pon tu foto verdadera para ver que vieja estas de verdad

Message by Jorge | Aug 20th 2009

Great story.

Message by Nelson Del Valle Caraballo | Aug 20th 2009

escribeme chica! Te dire quien soy. Estas buenisima!

Message by Jorge | Aug 20th 2009

Susana. Deberias llamar al Pende en Miami para que Uds dos celebren que tuvieron la misma idea el dio la foto de Robert Redford y tu la de Gina Lolobigida. Su telefono es 305-643-0520 Pepe Artiles El Gallo Ronco

Message by Joe E. Artiles | Aug 20th 2009

Susy, así que aprendiste de Ileana y ahora me robaste las fotos a mí... No sé a donde vamos a parar con estos robos de identidad, cuando nos veamos en persona no vamos a saber quien es quien. Maybe that'll be a good thing, after all... Nah! Signed: the Real Lollo.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 20th 2009

Oye Suzy ten cuidado con esas fotos tuyas que tienes aunos cuanto que tienen baberos puestos ya..porque se le cae la baba LOL...y Jose Antonio esta el pobre Torn between Two Lovers asi que fijate como hicistes al el levantarse hoy y tal parece que aun NO se a visto en la caricatura en mi pagina que le hicieron cuando lo agarraron INGRAGANTI !!

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Aug 20th 2009

Susy cual era el nombre de los HOUSE PARENTS donde tu estabas en FLORIDA CITY. porque si ellos estaban tomando las mismas vitaminas que tu tomaste ellos deben de estar muy bien tambien y quisiera pasar a saludarlos cuando valla por MIAMI. te ves tambien como MIGUEL de la TORRE. EL SE PARESE igualito que a ROBERT REDFORD. TU SEGURO QUE TAMBIEN LE DISTES ALGUNAS DE TUS VITAMINAS porque ustedes dos estan muy bien .espero que puedas venir a nuestra reunion te aseguro que no vas a estar arrubida. bye FERNANDO COLLADO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Aug 20th 2009

Susana:¡Cómo te has rejuvenecido! ¡Qué bien viene la dieta de pan con lechón! Y no agrego más nada para evitar que a Ileanita le entre otro ataque de furia. José Antonio

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 20th 2009

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