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

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NACI EN LA CALLE PICOTA DE LA HABANA VIEJA, PERO ME CRIE EN MATANZAS. ESTUDIE EN LA ESCUELA SAGRADO CORAZON DE JESUS EN MATANZAS. DESPUES DEL TRIUNFO DE LA REVOLUCION SALI PARA LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS UN...

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Es mi opinion personal que tanta culpa tienen los que asesinan a nuestro pueblo cubano, como los que callan los hechos ocurrido, pienso que aqui no se puede estar en la misa y en la procesion, son 55 años de tirania, un exilio de mas de 2 millones de cubanos regados por todo el mundo, y todavia hay personas, algunos de ellos Pedro Pan, que se callan los nombres de aquellos que mataron a sangre fria por solamente salir en busca de libertad. A esos que no les gusta que yo si mencione esos nombres que asesinaron, solamente les digo esta frase en Ingles: SO BE IT!

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | Jan 14th 2014

Abrazos para ti y Josefina. Cuando volvamos por Miami tenemos que reunirnos otra vez. Cuidate.

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Jan 31st 2013

Mi querido Marquito: Aqui te pongo un saludo con mucho cariño, que hace tiempo no conversamos. He leido tu historia con mucho sentimiento, y tambien tu comentario preguntando por que ha durado tanto esa tirania en Cuba. Quien entiende completamente los vericuetos de la historia? Hay tantas cosas de las que nunca nos enteramos los que vivimos en las estratas de la vida cotidiana. Pero, bueno, mientras hay vida hay esperanza. Todavia puede ser que veamos el fin de la era castrista de Cuba. Y vamos a celebrarlo juntos. Dios lo quiera!

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Jan 31st 2013

DENTRO DE UNOS DIAS SERA EL 1ro DE ENERO DE 2013. SERAN 54 AÑOS DE DICTADURA CASTRISTA. EN ABRIL 6 SERAN 52 AÑOS DE YO HABER LLEGADO COMO REFUGIADO A ESTE GRAN PAIS. A ESTE PAIS LE DEBO TODO, DESDE DARME LA OPORTUNIDAD DE ESCAPARME DEL COMUNISMO HASTA PODER RETIRARME CON UNA PENSION MODESTA. PERO SIEMPRE ME PREGUNTO? COMO ES QUE ESTE PAIS SIENDO EL PAIS MAS PODEROSO DEL PLANETA, PERMITA QUE A 90 MILLAS ESTE UNA DICTADURA QUE HA DURADO POR 54 AÑOS? COMO ES QUE CUBA QUE ESTA EN LA LISTA DE PAISES TERRORISTAS, TAMBIEN ESTA EN LA LISTA DE PAISES NARCOTRAFICANTES, QUE TIENE ARMAS BIOLOGICAS EN SUS ARSENALES, QUE NO RESPETA LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS, ME PREGUNTO COMO ES QUE ESTO PUEDA ESTAR PASANDO EN EL SIGLO XXI ? TENGO QUE PENSAR EN EL FAMOSO REFRAN QUE DICE: TANTA CULPA TIENE EL QUE MATA LA CHIVA, COMO EL QUE LE AGUANTA LAS PATAS. a VECES PIENSO QUE ESTE GRAN PAIS NO LE INTERESA LOS DOS MILLONES DE EXILIADOS CUBANOS QUE ANDAMOS POR TODO EL MUNDO. AL EXILIO NOS HAN PUESTO EN SUSPENDED ANIMATION (EN CONGELACION) HASTA ALGUN DIA QUE LES INTERECE EL DESCONGELARNOS OTRA VEZ. QUE TRISTEZA ES EL ESTAR TANTOS AÑOS FUERA DEL PAIS QUE NOS VIO NACER, Y NO PODER REGRESAR. NUESTRA LUCHA CONTRA EL CASTRISMO ES NUESTRO PROBLEMA, SOLAMENTE NOSOTROS PODEMOS LUCHAR PARA LIBERAR A CUBA, POR LOS AÑOS QUE HAN PASADO YA SABEMOS QUE ESTE PAIS NO VA HACER NADA POR NUESTRA PATRIA. AÑOS ATRAS UNA PERSONA ME DIJO QUE EL EXILIO NO VA A PELEAR PARA LIBERAR A CUBA, YO LE PREGUNTE EL PORQUE EL DECIA ESO, SU CONTESTA FUE QUE YA EL EXILIO ESTABA COMODO ECONOMICAMENTE Y NO LE INTERESABA CUBA PARA NADA. SI ESTO ES LO CIERTO, ME HAGO LA PREGUNTA SI AL YO SALIR DE CUBA LE PROPORCIONE AYUDA A LA REVOLUCION? — at MIAMI, FLORIDA.

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | Dec 30th 2012

Marcos Fernando says: QUE EN EL 2013 CUBA SEA LIBRE DE LAS GARRAS QUE LA EXCLAVISAN..ESO YO DESEO..

Status update | Dec 28th 2012

QUE VIVA CUBA LIBRE. ABAJO LOS DICTADORES QUE LA TIENEN ESCLAVA.

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | Dec 28th 2012

Lloramos por un amigo Que se ha ido al paraíso Para nunca regresar Lo vamos a extrañar Adios amigo Querido amigo Nos deja un gran vacío Que en el corazón lo sentimos Con tan sólo recordar Los días no volverán A ser los mismos Querido amigo Ha sido difícil aguantar Este golpe al corazón Cómo soportar la realidad Sobre todo este dolor Este llanto es por un amigo que se fue Que se nos ha adelantado en el camino Y que Dios ha decidido tenerlo con Él Allá cantará como lo hizo ayer Este llanto es por un amigo que se fue Porque así es la vida así es el destino Cada triunfo cada aplauso son suyos también Y estas lágrimas son pensando en él

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | May 30th 2012

Marcos Fernando says: Ha muerto un buen hombre, buen Cubano, buen amigo, buen Pedro Pan. Descansa en Paz, Guillermo.

Status update | May 28th 2012

Congratulations!!! and hope for another 50 ?!?!?

Message by Lucy Alonso Rivero | May 5th 2011

Marcos Fernando says: April 6, 1961 - April 6, 2011. 50 years in Exile as a political refugee in this great nation. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Status update | Apr 14th 2011

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