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
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United States of America
Name on Arrival
Susana (Susy) Garrandés Gonzalez
Age on Arrival
10
Date of Arrival
Friday, March 23, 1962
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St. Vincent's Orphanage, Vincennes, Indiana
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Velasco family-Florida City
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Susana (Susy) says: SATURDAY, JUNE 26-PP IN DC AREA-THE RED UMBRELLA-book signing at 2pm -Alexandria, VA-Hooray for Books-Meet PP daughter & author Christina D Gonzalez

Status update | Jun 25th 2010

Susy, ese señor de Chicago es muy querido por todos nosotros. Tuve la suerte de conocerlo desde muy joven. En todas las ocasiones que lo solicitaban siempre estaba presente. Es por eso que aparece en muchas fotografias de los campamentos. El no creo que me tilde por usar la letra "eñe. En cambio otras personas me reprochan por utilizar palabras muy cubanas al estilo de Alvarez Guedes. Te tengo que repetir para que lo comprendas;Celso Ahumada y yo distribuiamos los C.D.s de Alvarez Guedes utilizando el nombre promocional "ÑOOOOOOO!!!!!-Que cuentos!. Nadie nunca nos cuestiono! . Algunas personas de mentes no limpias tienden a mal interpretar el verbo de otros. Ejemplo, tu siempre nombras "Chicago", fuera esto suficiente para conjeturar un mal pensamiento sobre tu persona?. Yo creo que no, por lo tanto dejemos esto a un lado. Cariños... MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Jun 24th 2010

Melvin Noriega!!!!!!!!

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Jun 24th 2010

ahi havian tantos imaginate trtar de buscar al que te lo enseño va aser muy dificil. vamos aser una cosa. pon cualquier letra del alfabeto en su primer nombre y despues al lo mismo con su apellido y yo tratare de adivinar el primer nombre y el apellido con esas dos letras que vas a poner ok. ps. MARQUITO no puede ser por que el nunca estubo ahi. deja ver si me pongo dichoso y puedo oner el nombre correcto. no te puedo prometer que lo adivine pero dejame tratarlo ok. tu estas seguro que no fue en el lugar donde tu estabas en INDIANA?

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Jun 24th 2010

Un aplauso por tu carta a CNBC

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | Jun 24th 2010

mira que yo trate de explicarles a todos que tu fuistes la culpable de yo haver aprendido a escribir de esta manera y ahora tengo la prueba de enseñarle a todos que fuistes tu de donde yo aprendi todo.

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Jun 24th 2010

You are right, Susy, me estoy ahogando con todo el "dripping". You are "on" for the dinner invitation. Saludos, Delfin

Message by Delfin Diaz | Jun 24th 2010

asi fue. como fue que te enterastes? no te quise decir nada, pero me escribieron una carta disiendome que mi presencia tan bulgar como yo me expreso que no esta en la misma cultura social de este SITE y que les hisiera el favor y no me siguiera expresando como yo lo estaba hasiendo imaginate como todo lo que se lo aprendi de ti que remedio me quedaba pero no escribir mas!!!!! ahora tengo que tratar de busacr a alguien que me escriba mejor para poder aprender como haserlo propiamente sin ofender a nadie!!!!!!

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Jun 24th 2010

Susy, perdona mi "atrevimiento" tratando de quitarte ese trabajo magnifico que haces como "promotora". Por supuesto que no quiero ponerme en el lado malo tuyo como veo hay otros PP's en el network. Para que veas que "I mean business" cundo vengas a Miami olvidate de las croquetas y pastelitos por que voy a invitarte a comer boliche, moros, maduros, y flan con coco pero empezamos con un "mojito" y terminamos con el cafecito. En serio ahora, gracias por ser tan "buena gente". Saludos, Delfin

Message by Delfin Diaz | Jun 24th 2010

Verda que tienes razon falle lo unico que devi de aser fue poner la palabra CANDELA y seguro que muchas personas me huvieran escrito dandome tu nombre!!!!!

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Jun 24th 2010

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