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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Susana, sucede que cuando yo "cut loose," como tú dices, siempre salgo mal parado. Por lo tanto he decidido llevarme por los sabios consejos de Marcos: "el que siembra su maíz que recoja su pinol." Por cierto, no sabes cuánto me agradó ver que al fin montaste fotos en tu perfil de PPN. Saludos, José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 5th 2009

Great pics, thanks for sharing. Is that church new? I don't remember it. The altar I recall was inside the orphanage and had lots of marble. Hope all is well with you.

Message by Nelson Del Valle Caraballo | Sep 4th 2009

hermanita que bonita estan tus fotos,Si te caes del caballo te partes la crisma. Te estas preparando para el grand entrance. Me gusto mucho lo que me contaste de Santa Claus a mi me encanta la Navidad. Yo quito todo y hasta el toilet paper lo pongo de Navidad. Cuando guardaba las cosas en el atico el ceiling se partio y tuve que alquilar un warehouse. Imaginate la barbaridad de cosas que tengo. El otro dia en vez de hacerme reir me hiciste llorar. Has pasado muchos momentos dificiles en tu vida, y personas importantes se han marchado muy temprano en sus vidas, y se que tiene haber sido muy duro. Pero tienes que pensar en los momentos felices que te brindaron. Hay seres que estan en nuestras vidas por un corto tiempo, pero ese era el tiempo necesario, and I'm sure that they mande a diference. I have an Email regarding this let me see if I can find it. Le voy a decir a Carmen que te llame manana para poder hablar contigo y te mandaremos fotos. Sigue con tu sentido del humor, que a veces es medio negro y a mi me encanta.A veces me rio tanto que los que estan a mi alrededor piensan que estoy loca. Todavia estoy trabajando, asi que te dejo para terminar. Un abrazo

Message by Silvia E Portu | Sep 4th 2009

¡Qué bonitas las fotos nuevas! Pero caramba, Susy, en la foto del caballo esa estás punyetera. La de Marquito en su penquita me conmovió, pero ésta me ha hecho reir tanto que me volvió a repuntar el asma. Y yo no era ni alérgica a los caballos. Hi, Ho Sliver!

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Sep 4th 2009

Susy por fin veo tu cara muy bonita. oye no le hagas caso al poeta MARQUITO. ACUERDATE que todas las jentes que se pasan por ser muy finos si se cambian por tela metalica se pierden los huequitos!!!!!! are you still thinking in coming to our great reunion in NOV. BYE fernando ps. what ever happen to the twins?

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Sep 4th 2009

Susy me encantan las foto. Al fin te conocemos. La foto de familia y la tuya pequeñita estan bellas. Que lindos recuerdos. Gracias por compartirlos, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 4th 2009

Susy how elegant you look with your side saddle. But I wonder how chic you are going to look if you fall over cuando se forme el safarrancho huyendole al coco, aka Bernardo. Si yo fuera tu cambiaba ese ajuar para algo mas comodo just in case. Cariñosamente, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 4th 2009

Que conste que yo aqui calladita pa' que despues no me hechen la culpa de nada...solo observando la gente a caballo, todos escupiendose en los ojos (que azquito), y algo no se que cosa blindado. Yo calladita y tranquilita.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 3rd 2009

Susana, I meant to say "eviten" instead of "ayuden". So sorry, I mistyped. My apologies. It's hard to multitask when there's so much going on. Jose Antonio

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 3rd 2009

Susana, y por consiguiente creo que todos los pedropanes tenemos la obligación de poner nuestro granito de arena para ayudar a que se continuen cometiendo tales atrocidades contra los niños en el mundo entero. José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 3rd 2009

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