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 Event contacts: Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

Manuel Gutiérrez Fernández de Castro

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Current Name
Manuel Gutierrez Fernandez de Castro
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Manuel Gutiérrez Fernández de Castro
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Tuesday, August 29, 1961
Relocated To
Camp Matecumbe
Stayed With
Catholic Social Services

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I arrived on August 29, 1961 and I was going to go to my uncle's house in Hialeah but so were two brothers and one sister and my uncle asked me if I would be so kind as to go with George Guarch who w...

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Manny, Leyendo In Memmoriam en el Matecumbe site me encontre esto: PEDRO BELTRÁN CÓRDOVA "Chicharito" Matecumbe - Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA Para mi sorpresa hoy me llamo el Chicharo y tuve un patatuz. Dice que muchos lo han llamado a darle el pesame a la esposa. Luis (Dorticos)

Message by Luis R Gonzalez (Dorticos) | Nov 19th 2010

Manny, Creo que tienes razon, la foto es de 9/61 (la estoy buscando para ver el dia) Yo llegue 7/31/61 a Kendall y fui de los que abrio Matacumbe (ya encontre el "coat of arms" que nos dieron). Ojala pronto te lo pueda mostrar por que no creo que existen muchos. Habla con Melvin or Clemente para organizar un almuerzo en Noviembre 13 para los que estuvimos en la cabana de Sergio Garcia Miro. Cuidate JAM

Message by Justo Alejandro Martinez Monzon | Sep 14th 2010

Hola Manny, fue un gran gusto conocerte a ti y a tu Señora el sabado pasado en el cumpleaños de la madre Ana Maria. Saludos,

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Aug 27th 2010

Manny gracias por tus palabras. pero dejame decirte que este año yo no voy a la reunion del primer fin de semana en la casa de Juanita. es mas este sera el primer año que no estare como siempre para reunir ni haser nada con el grupo de C.C.C. escribele a ella y preguntale porque no voy ok. cuidate FERNANDO PS. yo estoy pensando en ir la segunda fin de semana de NOV. para reunirme y ver a todos mis amigos el dia 13 de NOV. cuando se van a celebrar el 50 aniversario del grupo PEDRO Pan.

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Jun 27th 2010

Conoci a una Pedro Pan, Seida Tamargo, que va a mi iglesia, prima de Marta Tamargo, mi primera roommate en el convento de Reno. Marta vive a un par de horas de mi casa. El mundo es chiquito. Iremos a ver a Marta en agosto. Misha

Message by Maria Elvira Lasaga Guerra | Jun 27th 2010

Manny,que bueno que te gusto la idea. Tenemos que tratar todos juntos para lograrlo.Mi hermano y yo llegamos justamente cuando se acabaron las literas y nos tocaron los catres.Me recuerdo que tenia que dormir boca arriba por lo duro que eran.Mi hermano y yo dormiamos en la punta de la cabaña mas pegada a la cabaña que no tenia paredes.Te acuerdas de Jorge al que le halaban la toalla que colgaba en su litera? Mira que fastidiaban al pobre tipo.Mi telefono esta en mi profile si puedes llamame y podemos planear algo.Recibe un fuerte abrazo...MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Jun 17th 2010

Manny,creo que fuistes compañero de cabaña mio y de mi hermano. Yo llegue 10/10/61 a Matecumbe y mi hermano Pepe al dia siguiente y Sergio Garcia era nuestro instructor. Acabo de hablar con Justo A. Martinez y estabamos pensando en varios de nosotros que estabamos con Sergio. Ozzie Mora, Clemente Amezaga,Justo Martinez, Jose A. Noriega, Arsenio Miliam,yo y otros que pudieramos localizar.Que bueno seria si algun dia todos pudieramos estar juntos en una reunion con Sergio.Que te parece?. Te envio un fuerte abrazo, tu hermano...MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Jun 17th 2010

manuel: muchas gracias por tu sabio comentario en mi pagina. vi tu foto, pero me es dificil recordarte. de nino fui a belen por 8 anos, y los ultimos dos a la academia militar del caribe en la vibora. vivo en southern california desde el 73. tengo 7 hilos, 13 nietos y un biznieto. todavia tengo familia en cuba y voy a verlos al fin de septiembre. si gustas me puedes escribir directamente a mi email mi mujer y yo vamos a hollywood al pricipio de julio por dos semanas a un pequeno condo que tenemos en la playa y para ponerme mi injeccion anual del cubaneo. mi direccion en hollywood es 301 mckinley #115. el telefono ahi es 954 9284954. sinceramente, arturo nieto

Message by Arturo Luis Nieto Diaz | Jun 3rd 2010

Manuel claro que me acuerdo de ti, en el dia de elian. la razon que perdi contacto es que me mude para las vegas, donde estuve viviendo ahi los ultimos 10 anos. me alegro que todo te vaya bien, tenemos que encontrarnos de nuevo. un abrazo rodolfo

Message by Rodolfo J Padron Fernandez | Jan 11th 2010

Hey, Santa....I know that this is your 'busy' season! ho ho ho! I see you've survived it. Now move over and leave the rest to "los Reyes Magos". Saludos

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Dec 30th 2009

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