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
Relocated To
St. Vincent's Orphanage, Vincennes, Indiana
Stayed With
Velasco family-Florida City
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Hola Susy, Dejame decirte que todo lo que baile, lo tuve que pagar la manana siguiente, se me acabo el Aspercream, pero "Que me quiten lo Bailao". Lo que nos queda hay que difrutarlo y dicen que aungue por la chimenea salga humo, debajo en el fondo siempre hay un fuego ardiendo. Que tengas un buen Thanksgiving junto a tu familia. Un fuerte abrazo. Pepe Noriega

Message by Jose A Noriega Plasencia | Nov 23rd 2009

Buenos dias Susy! como esta de tu ojo? Hoy voy estar limpiando el patio con Kyle y mi baby lindo!!!!!ja, ja, ja, Te fijastes? Que tenga buen dia, Besitos, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Nov 21st 2009

SUSSY, TE GUSTA ESA REPETICION DE MI BABY,POR FAVOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Nov 20th 2009

Ralph, If you see this message please look out for my e-mail and look at the pic I'm posting also. Oh, my goodness, another piece of my childhood puzzle coming together. I've gotten goosebumps!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Nov 20th 2009

Hello Again Tried to send you a message once I read your name and profile on the Pedro Pan site, until yesturday I had never heard of Pedro Pan but I remember you and Jorge and Tony from St. Vincents, I often wondered what had happen to you and your brothers and others at St Vincents , I guess now I know , my lord we were just babys. Read a few of your postings and I'm sorry about Jorge I hope to hear from you ,Rafael Arbolea

Message by Rafael Arbolea Fernandez | Nov 20th 2009

Susy, let's not push it. E.

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Nov 20th 2009

You would have made a great and very sweet nun, Suzy. En high school mis compañeras me decían que yo tenía cejas de monja. ¡Y mírame ahora! Sin comentarios.

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Nov 20th 2009

ESO si que lo dudo mucho ok. no hay ningun convento ni orden de monjas en este mundo que te puedan aseptar ati, es mas ni el diablo tiene espasio para ati. te lo digo muy serio si la religion catolica te huviera dejado entrar a un convento quien sabe adonde estuviera esa iglesia ahora, pero bueno es solamente mi opinion y yo de ves en cuando estoy equivocado.

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Nov 20th 2009

No te preocupes que esta via es muy privada ok. has savido algo de Carmen y Guille.? si hablas con ellos saludalos de mi parte ok. y dile que los extraño al igual que al resto de todos por alla.yo creo que este invierno va aser muy largo para mi pero bueno nadie me empujo para que mudara para aca.

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Nov 19th 2009

Susy buenos dias como sigues? oye ayer por la tarde tube que or al post office y cuando estaba esperando mi turno empese a mirar a; rededor mio y vi unas de tus fotos en la pare de donde estan los FUGITIVE WANTED. y tube que mirala dos veces y en realida eras tu. WHAT DID YOU EVER DO? que no nos lo has dicho? have a nice day. FERNANDO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Nov 19th 2009

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