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
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Susana, me agrada muchísimo verte en buen estado de ánimo, y, como decimos los cubanos, "revoltosa y juguetona." Hay que darle de frente a los golpes más grandes de la vida con sentido sano del humor. José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 1st 2009

Susana, ¿de veras que me echabas de menos? No me digas eso porque me voy a poner sentimental y a lo mejor me da un patatún de la emoción. José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 1st 2009

Susy Agregame al grupo de los invitados , yo tambien lo recibi. carinos

Message by Silvia E Portu | Sep 1st 2009

Susana, un breve apunte para dar prueba concreta de que aún respiro... José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 1st 2009

Susy! You let the cat out of the bag about dear Fernando...So let me come to his rescue. He thinks that service is something like Facebook. I've read the fine print... it isn't quite. I think a certain friend of his has been playing jokes. Oye! It just ocurred to me that this may be one of those tricks the Universe plays on you. What if there is someone in that date service just waiting to watch a space launch with you some dark, starry, atarry night??? I'd say YES if I were you. Fernando just might be the agent-angel of romance. Pero con cuidado, porque si no...

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Sep 1st 2009

Susy, que buena noticia de que tu mama y hermano van a ir el sabado. Me has dado tremenda idea, voy a llevar a mi mama tambien. Espero poder conoserlos alli y poder presentarles a mi mama ya que tienen mas de una experiencia en comun. Hoy te mando un e-mail con up to date information on our little project. Un beso, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 1st 2009

Hola Susy: Desde que mandaste el mensaje de Shuttle estoy por escribirte, pero en estos ultimos dias no he tenido mucho tiempo de escribir. Yo me encontraba cerca en una de mis vacaciones y tube la oportunidad de verlo. Fue de dia, creo que iba a salir como a la once pero due to a malfunction, it got delayed. We waited for hours parked on the side of a highway. There were cars parked all over. It launched about 5 hours later, but it was still daytime.Probably it wasn't as nice as the one you just saw We enjoyed it very much, and I felt very proud to live in this country.Hace dias que no haces chistes. Ya casi llegamos a los mil registrados. Bueno solo queria saludarte y mandarte un abrazo.

Message by Silvia E Portu | Aug 31st 2009

Hola, tu llegastes cuando aun nosotras estabamos in St.Vincent. Yo me gradue the HS a finales de Mayo. Mr. Stone fue el Social Worker que nos recibio. El Father Schroeder nos visito en Miami cuando nosotros regresamos. Yo me gradue del HS de ninas, St. Rose Academy. La escuela de los muchacos era el Central Catholic, que todavia existe. No dejes de mantenerte en contacto. Carinos, Celia

Message by Celia (Manunguita) FERNANDEZ JENKINS | Aug 31st 2009

Hola Susy, es la primera vez que te escribo,aunque antes he querido hacerlo, pero no tengo mucho tiempo.Primero siento mucho lo de tu hermano, y poco puedo decir para mitigar tu dolor. Solo el tiempo va minorando el dolor aunque nunca el recuerdo. Le robe a Jesusito el website que le mandaste de los animales, para yo tambien mandarlo diariamente. Jesusito es un amor. Tu eres muy simpatica y ocurrente. Encuentro tus emails y tus fotos muy refreshing. Keep it up. De ves cuando necesitamos una carcajada.

Message by Silvia E Portu | Aug 28th 2009

Hi Susy; Great story, I can not beleive it we came to this country on the same date. Thank you for your words of support. You are right our lives changed on March 23 forever. best regards.

Message by Gladys Perez Fleites | Aug 27th 2009

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