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,

Melvin F Noriega Plasencia

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Melvin F Noriega Plasencia
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United States of America
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Melvin F Noriega Plasencia
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Date of Arrival
Tuesday, October 10, 1961
Relocated To
Matecumbe Camp
Stayed With
Sergio Garcia -- Cabaña 1

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Nelvin, como estas te perdistes tremenda pachanga en Central Florida Nos vemos Paco

Message by Frank ( Paco ) Echeverria | Mar 7th 2010

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Status update | Mar 6th 2010

Hola primo. Hoy entré a ver esta lista de los P.P. y me encontré con que eres de los más populares. Bueno siempre lo has sido por ser tan cariñoso. Hace mucho que no nos vemos. Me gustaría mucho verte de nuevo. Cariños

Message by Ernesto Trespalacios | Mar 3rd 2010

Melvin: Aunque aqui todo queda 'muy' privado lei tu mensaje a Silvia. Si tienes tanta 'ansiedad pedropanistica' ya tu sabes donde te puedes curar con entre muchos pedropanes...estoy esperando que me digas, 'please, please, Emy and I want to go' go for it,brother!!!!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Feb 16th 2010

Thank you Melvin, they say that God works in mysterious ways. First he reunites us, and now He gives us this urgently needed job that we can all do together. They say that "en la union eata la fuerza", if we stay together then we can, and will, be very strong.

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Jan 17th 2010

Querido Melvin: Te vuelvo a molestar y no te prometo que sea la última vez; estoy pensando en hacer "un get together" de las muchachas que estuvimos en casa de Alfredo y Cachita Perez Martin: Aprovechando que gracias a Dios Cachita està super interesada y acordàndose de sus "niñas"....en Septiembre del año pasado nos reunimos un grupito y celebramos su cumpleaños pasamos super bien, y hoy estaba pensando que entre tú y tu hermano Pepe me pudieran ayudar con algunos nombres (que ya yo no me acuerdo)................please!! Un abrazo, Otmara

Message by Otmara Capote Gonzalez | Jan 16th 2010

Melvin, gracias por tan lindo mensaje. Tienes razon que a sido un regalo tan hermoso encontrarnos todos de nuevo. Quien me hubiera dicho cuando comenzo el año que tendria felicitaciones de todos ustedes por mi cumpleaños. Quien dice que los milagros no existen? Hay que creer en milagros y en los Reyes Magos tambien, asi que la fiesta continua.

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Jan 5th 2010

Melvin como estas? te deseo unas buenas navidades y un buen año nuevo con toda tu familia ok. bye FERNANDO [ MATANZAS]

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Dec 19th 2009

Melvin que bueno que tengo noticias tuyas, por Pepe he sabido de ti y de tu familia. No sabes cuanto me alegro de que a pesar de tanto tiempo nos hemos podido poner en contacto nuevamente. Siempre he guardado un recuerdo y carino muy especial de todos ustedes, Peluca,Nino, Mercy y Caruca. Todos ustedes fueron para mi mi segunda familia. Hare todo lo posible para poder reunirme con ustedes el 19 de Diciembre. Carinos Adriana De Zayas

Message by Adriana De Zayas Rodriguez | Nov 27th 2009

Oye primo la verdad que eres famoso porque te llevas el Web de Pedro Pan completo, bueno el sabado USF le va a ganar A UM tenemos un tilgate aqui en mi casa con Mercy todos mis hijos y los tuyos, espero no te vayas y puedas ver el juego desde aqui. nos vemos el jueves dia del pavo besos caru

Message by Caridad Cesari Quevedo | Nov 23rd 2009

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