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,

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My name is Eddie Dulom. I was with Monsignor Brian O'Walsh from February 9, 1961, to the first week in December 1963. During that time and later years I was

blessed to have Monsignor as my father; yes, the only father I ever knew and

my best friend. The first week I was at the home we were sitting on the

porch, and he asked me about a discrepancy with one of my last names. I

explained the situation, and he immediately understood. A couple of days

later I asked him not send me out of Miami because I would run away, and he

smiled. Once I pulled a sneaky on Mr. Carrion and told him I was going to

spend the weekend with my grandmother, but I was spending it with a friend

from North Carolina. On Sunday night I came back not knowing one of my uncles had

called to see how I was and told Mr. Carrion my grandmother was in Cuba. Mr.

Carrion was not very happy with me when I came back and told me FATHER

wanted to see me. That was the first and last time I got a PALETAZO. I was

18 and that was a first for me, but everything he did was with respect and

love. To me he was the wisest and kindest man I had ever known. Another time

I asked him why a French kiss was sinful, and he smiled and said, “I think

you can figure that one out by yourself.” I always felt very at ease to come to

him with any problems or questions. Once I asked him why he had chosen to be

a priest, having a plane, a Mercedes, and wealth, and he said, “To serve

God.” Boy, did I learn a lot about him with that answer! He always had an open

door for all of us. We were talking one night, and he looked worried. Of

course I asked, and he told me two boys had gone into some mail boxes and

gotten in trouble, big trouble, but they were going to be released to his

custody and were coming to St. Raphael's. He said to me, “Eddie, they cannot get

in trouble again.” On Christmas Eve of 61 there were just a few guys going to

the dining room--all the others had gone to relatives’, and he looked at me and

said, “This is the first time I have seen you sad.” Boy, did he know me! Yes, I

was very sad missing my family.

He used to check every room every night to make sure everybody was there

and safe. Well, one night I came in at about 2:00 a.m., and he was waiting for

me. I asked if I was in trouble, and he said no, but you have to go to

confession in the morning, to which I answered that I could not be sorry

for what I was doing, and he gave me one of the wisest answers he could give

me, “Do it because you hurt God.” Wow, what a comeback!

On graduation night from Curley we took a picture together, and to my regret

that is the only picture I have of him and I. After graduation I went to

work for the Catholic Welfare Bureau as a messenger. I was at the main

office every day, and if I knew Father was there, I would say hello to

Lloydine, his secretary, and she would say, “He is very busy.” I would walk in

to his office anyway and say hello. He was never too busy to see me.

On the tenth anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan, Monsignor wrote an article

about my wife, my three children and I in the Voice newspaper about the accomplishments

of his Pedro Pan children.

Everything that there was to learn about love, honesty, integrity, loyalty,

and friendship, I learned from Monsignor. I hope someday the whole world

gives him credit for the magnitude of the project and the great job that he


All Pedro Pans will always be grateful to him.

Thank you, Father

Love you forever, Eddie.

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Eddi creo estubimos juntos en Portland yo estube desde el 63 hasta el 65 en la casa de Urera y cuando ellos se fueron vino en matrimonio Fernandez Nico y Maria Antonia. En la casa eramos Fernando Ibargoengoitia, Antonio Amandi Carlos Gutierres los hermanos Saens Ruben y no me acuerdo del nombre del hermano Guillermo Zayas y otro muchacho ,que creo se llamaba Rafael di me si te acuerdas

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Eddie, if you are logged on when you write your message to Jose, Jose will see your email in your profile page, if he is registered. He will also receive an email if he is registered. That is why is good to register and be logged on when you write messages.

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Wow, Eddie, I'm touched by your words. It was a REAL pleasure helping you. Cariños, Eloísa.

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