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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Hi Susy, ahora logro llegar de trabajar y encuentro que you are gone. Good luck tomorrow, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Oct 5th 2009

¡Susana, compasión! ¿Es que no te das cuenta que ya tienes a nuestro queridísimo hermano Collado en un ataque de nervios que no atina a dar con tu nombre? ¡Tregua! ¡Cese al fuego! Si perseveras con esa actitud habrá que cambiarte el nombre de Susanita a Susana la Implacable. José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Oct 5th 2009

Susy me tienes tan nervioso que te escrivi un mensaje y me lo mande a mi mismo. asi que hagame el favor y vaya a mi profile i lealo por favor. es que aqui en este HOLDING PEN a penas hay espasio y lo mande equivocado,

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 5th 2009

Susana, me he ausentado del PP Boulevard por unas horas intentando trabajar y, a mi regreso, encuentro que los niños han estado del ca.......ramba. Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Oct 5th 2009

Pero fíjate, Susana, lo bien que le ha ido a Guillermo, que en los pocos días que lleva de reo gracias a nuestra insuperable representacion ante los tribunales del estado de la Florida ya consulta los varios valúmenes del diccionario de la Real Academia de la Lengua Española. No dudes que dentro de poco se convierta en especialista en materia de jurisprudencia romana, código napoleónico, la Carta Magna inglesa de 1215, derecho común anglosajón, norteamericano e hispano y hasta derecho canónico. Sin duda, le va muy bien. ¿No crees? José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Oct 5th 2009

QUERIDA maestra de lengua perdone que tenga que rectificarla aunque se que cojo el riesgo de que me boten de la escuela de usted pero la palabra CARAJO se refiere al lugar mas alto de un barco ESPAñOL. y si no me cree por favor busquelo en el diccionario español. le devi de aser caso a mi padre cuando el me lo advirtio que sus representasiones cambiado por tela metalica se ivan a perder los huequitos. pero bueno hasi es la vida todos los dias se aprende algo nuevo. el problema mio es que tengo tantos chichones en el moropo por tantas caidas que he tenido que ya en realida no tengo mas espacios para otros. muy atendido por us pasiensa conmigo pero tengo que buscarme otros representantes. FERNANDO COLLADO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 5th 2009

Susy tan pronto recibas este mensaje quiero que sepan que ya no voy a necesitar la reprentasion de usted yel distinguido licensiado JOSE [ EL SANTERO] ANTONIO. RAZON no necesito darles ninguna solamente vean la foto que me mando el pobre GUILLERMO. es mas yo estoy seguro que YOLANDA que nunca a tenido experiensa en la ley me pueda ayudar mejor. asi que por favor hable con el licinsiado JOSE ANTONIO y digale que me mande para atras el gran deposito que tu que pagarle para que el y usted me representar ok. muy agradesido por todo pero yo estoy seguro que un tribunal de CUBA me pudiera ayudar mejor. bye su x cliente FERNANDO COLLADO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 5th 2009

tus besos se llegaron a recrear aqui en mi boca.... llenando de pasion mi vida loca... Susy mientras mas la canto no hay manera que mi vos se suene como ÑICO es muy dificil replicar esa voz. bueno voy a seguir es mas cuando te vea en NOV. te voy a presentar a un hermano de nosotros de nombre CHARLIE GARCIA que nosotros le pusimos de nombretE ÑICO Membiela porque el siempre estaba cantando canciones cubanas,

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 5th 2009

Susy buenos dias ya estoy de vuelta. ayer tube tiempo y me desidi a pasear por el PEDRO PAN BOULEVARD aver si daba con alguien pero nada mas que di con el SANTERO Y contigo. and yes IAM OUT ON A PERSONAL BOND . hasta que tenga mi juicio y ustedes me puedab defender. bye FERNANDO PS caminado solo por el parque de PEDRO PAN!!!!!!

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 5th 2009

SUSY perdona que no pude terminar el mensaje aprete la cable equibocada. esta escribiendo que haver si alguien se acuerda de la mujer que les canto con una cansion para contestarles a los dos, espero que haigan personas vivas todavia de nuestra generasion que se acuerdan de esas cansiones es mas en la fiesta te voy a presentar a un hermano mio que se llama CELSO AHUMADA que ese hombre si sabe todo sobre musica el es de UN PUEBLO que esta casi entre la frontera de la HABANA Y MATANZAS pero yo lo considero matanzero voy a escribir el nombre del pueblo pero por favor no se vayan a reir porque se que lo voy aser mal GUINE!!!!!! como la cansion que dise EL GUINE TIENE BANDERA

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Oct 4th 2009

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