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,

Jose (Pepe) Noriega Plasencia

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Current Name
Jose A Noriega Plasencia
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Jose (Pepe) Noriega Plasencia
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Wednesday, October 11, 1961
Relocated To
Camp Matecumbe
Stayed With
Sergio Garcia

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Querido hermano, Pepe: Estas he sabido de ti desde que celebramos nuestro cumple años en Miami. No creo que pueda ir a Miami esta semana para el desayuno pero quizas nos veamos por mi 'neighborhood' en los meses entrantes....Dejame saber via email. Cariños a Miriam y a ti!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jan 19th 2010

Gracias Pepe, tienes razon que el dia es bello para cumplir años. La pase super, decidi hacer algo bien diferente hoy. Me tome el dia libre y no hice absolutamente nada en todo el dia. Mañana veremos si Los Reyes Magos se acuerdan de nosotros.

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Jan 5th 2010

Pepe un poquito tarde, pero feliz cumpleanos, se que fue el jueves y el de Susy es hoy sabado. Besos, para ti y tu senora. Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Nov 28th 2009

Pepe, me alegro saber de ti. Gracias a Dios todos estamos bien. Estuve mirando la pagina de Pedro Pan y vi fotos de todos ustedes de Nino, Peluca, Mercy, Caruca, cuantos recuerdos. Hare todo lo posible para ver si puedo asistir al proximo desayuno en Diciembre. Te deseo para ti y todos los tuyos y por favor hazlo extensivo tambien a Melvin y su familia un Dia de Accion de Gracias bendecido y lleno de paz y alegria. Cuando tengas un tiempo dame una llamada. Saludos Adriana

Message by Adriana De Zayas Rodriguez | Nov 26th 2009

Pepe, gracias por tus comentarios, Para mi es un placer y a la vez me divierto haciendo esto, me gusta ver a la gente que esten contento y que la pasen bien. Ojala que se pudiera ser con mas frequencia pues todas estas reuniones al iguel que los desayuno nos unen mas. Ya ves porque no podia ponerte en la otra mesa es porque tu traes mucho arrestes y, mucha gente quiere estar contigo. Happy Thanksgiving.

Message by Frank ( Paco ) Echeverria | Nov 24th 2009

Pepe, ya veo le dejastes un mensajito a Mercy, deja ver si ella es mas escritora que yo, espero todos bien por alla ya mercy me dio la buena noticia los quiero mucho y dile a Judy y Javier que el sabado go BULLS besitos Caru

Message by Caridad Cesari Quevedo | Nov 23rd 2009

PEPE! Asi que aparte de bailarin eres curioso (como en chismoso)!!!! Eso de tu bailar se lo escribi a Paco pero ya veo que estas en todas. Me alegro mucho que tienes tanto animo y que disfrutas en todo momento. Me contaron por ahi que las 'niñas' te rondeaban para bailar contigo, menos mal que tu esposa pudo cojer un 'break'! Muchas felicidades para ti y los tuyos en el Dia de Accion de Gracias...pero mas importante es.....'HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! YOU ARE THE TURKEY THIS YEAR!!!! JA JA...AHI ESTAMOS EN COMPETENCIA A CUAL NOS TOCA!!!! Cariños. Susy

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Nov 23rd 2009

Hola, Pepe...estamos bien pegaditos...el mio es el 28 y cada 6 años me toca ser el pavo del dia!!!! Igualmente, te deseo un dia de dar gracias en buena salud y con tu familia...y un cumpleaños feliz...que se repita por muchos muchos años mas!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Nov 18th 2009

Buenos dias, cuenta por ahi un chismoso que tu eres sagitariano. Que dia es tu cumpleaños? Cariños.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Nov 18th 2009

Gracias por las felicitaciones, Pepe. Nos seguiremos viendo a menudo, ya pronto tambien viene la reunion del Colegio Lourdes, tengo muchas ganas de ver a mis companeras de colegio....y a los amigos...un abrazo

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Nov 16th 2009

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