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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Current Name
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
Groups
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Is the "blue/green" another 1971 pic?

Message by Nelson Del Valle Caraballo | Sep 26th 2009

Susy, beautiful picture. Bezo, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Sep 25th 2009

Susy, soy Silvia Budejen, no te conozco pero siempre estoy leyendo todo lo que pasa con estos Pedropaneros y la verdad que disfruto mucho esta website y tu eres unas de mis preferida para divertirme leyendo, pero estas bien escondidita, que te pasa? otra hermanita de PP. Un abrazo, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Sep 25th 2009

Hi Susy, it has come to my attention that you have decided to grade your original story with a B+. You are being very humble. I think that your original story was simply brilliant and as the famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe would say “less is more”. Perfection is a state of equilibrium. If anything is added or subtracted the equilibrium is lost and so is the state of perfection. I definitely think that you deserve an A+.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 25th 2009

Nice 1971 pics.

Message by Nelson Del Valle Caraballo | Sep 24th 2009

Susy, I must applaud the brevity with which you are able to express your feelings. All things considered, your story is an exercise in restraint unlike any other that I have seen in this site. Congratulations, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 24th 2009

Susy: Doy fe de la autenticidad de Ivonne. Nos conocemos desde el tercer grado. Personas como ella no se encuentran por ahí todos los dias. Se merece ser nombrada Pedro Pan honoraria, porque por un pelito no pudo venir conmigo. -- Con ella de tu lado, te puedes ir a tomar una siesta, que los graciosos no se van a salir con las suyas. 'tá luego ~yo

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Sep 23rd 2009

Dios mediante, nos conoceremos en noviembre. Soy hermiga (hermana-amiga) de Yolanda, compañera de estudios desde primaria de Justo, guardaespaldas por iniciativa propia del PI e irreversible contestataria del cacafuácata nincompoop de Bernardo (AKA Jorge, en los mensajes cretinoides que te ha enviado a ti en meses pasados). En fin, no soy pedropanita más que de corazón. See you soon!

Message by Ivonne Martin | Sep 23rd 2009

Susy fijate si hay personas que aunque no te han conocido te quieren al igual que MARCOS Y YO mismo. hoy te mande un mensaje jugando contigo y ya Yvonne me ha dado los latigasos. voy aser como el cangrejo callejero de CARDENAS volvere para mi hueco y ahi me quedare un rato. cuidate y que la pases bien bye FERNANDO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Sep 23rd 2009

Susy buenos dias. como te sientes hoy? oye mi hermana que clase de conversacion tuvistes con Marquito ayer? ahora el chisme esta por todo esto y yo creo que tu amigo te metio en un lio del demonio asi que ahora me doy de cuentas que no soy yo solamente el que mete los pies en huecos en la calle. dile ahora a el que te salve por que la canalla esta con muchos chismes te lo digo para que lo sepas. y que no se te olvide de darles las gracias fijate que estoy muy sorprendido que nuestra amiga la famosa poeta Y VONNE did not pick up on it!!!!! a ella no se le va nada. fijate que ya yo ya no digo nada para que ella no me ataque. carinos y espero que puedas sobrevivir el dia de hoy. aqui estare como te dije para darte apollo. bye tu amigo de verdad FERNANDO. PS hasta la misma YOLI no ha comentado nada debe de estar super fria { o conjelada}!!!!! la pobre deja que se desconjele y ella te preguntara algo

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Sep 23rd 2009

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