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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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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Susy cuando vayas a la reunion yo sere la persona que va a tener un letrero guindando del cuello que sera escrito BOBO, no havia leido el mensaje de CARMEN por eso fue que te pregunte QUE MENSAJE? perdoname por no haver cojido la misma GUAGUA que tu estabas ok. ahora mismo le voy a contestar a CARMEN. OYE TU TE HAS FIJADO que mientras mas se acerca el dia de nuestar reunion mas bueno se pone el SOLAR. imaginate cuando todos estemos juntos!!!! QUE FIESTA TAN BUENA VAMOS A TENER.

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 7th 2009

Susy muchas gracias mi problema es que no estoy acostumbrado a que tu me trates bien. por eso es que te hago tantas preguntas mira lo que me paso cuando no te pregunte cuanto me ivas a cobrar por tu defensa y ahora estoy embarcado. asi es la vida. y de nuevo muchas gracias por tus palabras tan noble ok. eso es otra cosa que tambien tengo que empesar a acostumbrarme. PLS JUST KIDDING OK.

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 7th 2009

Que mensaje? no te digo que se me esta hiendo la mente? ayudame por favor!!

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 7th 2009

Si mas o menos me pasa lo mismo sentado que parado se me va todo!!!!!!!!

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 7th 2009

Susy tu estas hablando de la foto de FLORENCE y yo que yo tengo un TUXEDO? bueno dejame decirte que esa fue una boda de un amigo mio que el y yo estubimos juntos en VIET NAM, WELL ANY WAY I was his best men at the wedding, y FLO siempre me dise que me paresco a una persona que toca musica en una MARIACHI BAND con el traje que tengo puesto. yo voy a estar aqui todo el dia so lets stay in touch ok. and let the JARANAS BEGIN!!!!!!!!

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 7th 2009

Susy voy a poner unas fotos nuevas para que te rias un poco ok. hope to hear from you today. bye FERNANDO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 6th 2009

Susy buenos dias por segunda ves. quiero que sepas que me pusieron en isolasion y hasta me dieron unos carmantes muy fueltes para que me carmara las autoridades me dijeron que me encontrban muy diprimido. ahora me siento bien. sin preocupasion ninguna , ya te estas preparando para dar tu viaje y poder ver a tantos pedro panes y tambien muchos futuros clientes que seguro puedas usar en el futuro eso si no vayas adar mi nombre ni el de Guillermo como referencia no es por nada personal pero espero que puedas entender ayundantes o amigos como ustedes dos QUIEN NECESITA ENEMIGO. ayer hable con otro pedro pan que tambien es lisinciado y me dijo que ustedes no tienen recurso legal de que yo les page porque ustedes no podran presentar ningun documento donde aparese mi nombre. ahora estoy tambien esperando al lisinciado publico para ver que me dise. bye FERNANDO COLLADO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 6th 2009

top of the morning to you also. ves cuantas personas me estiman. Iam not alone aunque el agua ya me llega a la nariz pronto llega ayuda.

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 6th 2009

Good morning Susy, funny that you should say that, I just did. Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Oct 6th 2009

Hola Susy pues cuentame quien es la familia que se acuerda de mi.

Message by Peter M Uria | Oct 6th 2009

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