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,

Guillermo R Paz Vazquez

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Guillermo R Paz Vazquez
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Tuesday, October 10, 1961
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Guillermo tu tienes una enfermeda terminal? como tu vas aponer esa foto en este lugar, deja que Carmen vire de PUELTO LICO. YO CREO QUE TU VAS A REMPLASAR EL GALLO DE MORON. buena suerte que lastima que no te pude conocer antes. maybe there is till time I PRAY TO LOS SANTEROS QUE TE PROTEGEN. BYE FERNANDO [ AHORA ESTOY ESCONDIDO ]

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Sep 17th 2009

What are u talking about? I got you a great deal...Raiford, corner unit, AC, barb wire patio for privacy and overlooking the lake!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 16th 2009

Guillermo, I´m inclined to believe that temporary insanity would work much better than total amnesia. So, go for broke. And, if everything else fails, throw yourself at the mercy of the Santica. That way, you´ll be putting her holiness on trial and will have turned the tables on her. It´s only a suggestion, but in the end it might work. José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 16th 2009

Do you need an attorney? I'm available!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 16th 2009

OK, Guillermo, with Exhibit "A" having being introduced, the prosecution rests its case. Is there a viable defense in the making? It looks bleak. Perhaps a plea negotiation, based on aggravating circumstances, might get you a reduced sentence.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 16th 2009

Ay, Guillermito, Guillermito...que envidia que a mi me haya ido mejor que a ti en el restaurant! Aunque es posible porque Jamey is a young good looking dude who made the mistake on betting on the FSU/Cane game. He's been paying lunches for a week! Te dire que lo que te perdistes hoy, no tiene precio. Todo empezo con Fernando y despues Jose Antonio muy amable con los buenos dias y de ahi pa'lante fue algo serio. Hasta yo no me acordaba ni lo que le habia dicho a uno del otro, Yolanda llego y le agrego los mangos al arroz, Marcos trato de cojer la raspita y lo que hizo fue scratch the bottom of the pot. Al fin, yo que estoy trasnochada y completedly confused, ya pedia clemencia que me dejaran salir del potage. So, te lo perdistes. Al medio dia hable con tu amada, la santa, que estaba esperando asiento en un restaurant de PR que a mi me gusta. Ahorita es capaz de escribirme pa'darme envidia tambien.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 15th 2009

Oh, my goodness, Guille: In the state of mind I'm in this week and you posting pictures like that, I might as well shoot myself! Yes, we relate. However, since I don't want to dwell on negative things, let me tell you my lunch today, courtesy of James Winrow, who is now a very depressed FSU alumni so he had to pay! We went to Smokey Bones Barbecue, where a very young, good looking man waited on us. He said, 'Babe, what can I do for you'...of course, it was an extensive menu but I controlled myself due to the diet thing. So, I said, "Handsome, I'll have a cup of the crab chowder and may I have some hot sauce w/it, please". He, then, winked at me and responded, "Your every wish is my command". Needless to say, I felt it was a much more gratifying lunch than your dinner at la Carreta of Friday night.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 14th 2009

Hola Willie, anoche el coqui gago no molesto mas. Solo tube que preocuparme por el resto de los millones de Coquies normales que no dejan dormir. I love Miami. Cariños Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 14th 2009

Guille: About 6 AM I went out to check on my pool sweeper which looked like it was stuck and all of the sudden I heard, coooocooo, cooo,coooo....almost jumped out of my skin

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 14th 2009

Pues le puedes ir diciendo que hoy no me va a provocar nadie...estoy meditando o algo asi. Aside from that, I absolutely hate coquis...I'm so petrified of frogs that I've dream that I had a heart attack because a frog jumped on me. Portate bien, Guillermito...

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 13th 2009

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