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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I stayed in Matecumbe until November 29,1962 when I was send to Helena Montana. I lived in Brondel Hall for 2 years. Then moved to the dorm in Carroll College. I moved to New Jersey and started working at Merck & Co, Inc. I stayed with the company for 40+ years as a Research Chemist. Live in NYc from 1969 to 1974. Got married to Sara Cole and moved back to NJ. Lived in New Providence for 2 years and Westfield for 26 years. I have 3 sons; Peter, 34 maried to Severine. David 32 married to Diana and Teddy 25.

After the boys were grown Sara and I moved back to NYC. We have an apartment in Wall Street. Love living in the city. We are expecting our first grandchildren, twins in October from David and Diana.

An update on September 23, 2009 the twins were born, they are named Andrew (Andy) and Olivia (Livvy). They will be six month old tomorrow, they are very cute we get to take care of them every Monday_ It is so much fun to see how they change week to week.

Last February 21 Peter and Severine had their first child my 3rd grandchild, a girl name Beatrice(Bea), We spent a week with her at the begining of March. I am a very happy grandpa.

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Hola RAUL, soy RAUL DUENAS, me allegro mucho saber de ti, veo que tienes una familia numerosa y eres feliz en tu matrimonio, Felicidades. Te dire que yo tengo dos hijos Ana tiene 46 y Carlos 43, tengo 5 nietos Kevin 22, Michelle 22, Veronica 19, Casandra 16 y Emma 10. Vivo en Miami y estoy retirado, Me gradue de maestro en New York y trabaje en Children and Families como supervisor pero tambien ensenaba ESOL en las noches. Me allegro saber de ti y me gustaria mantenernos en contacto mi tel es 305-331-5025 y mi correo es Un abrazo y hasta pronto

Message by RAUL DUENAS | Apr 16th 2013

Brondel Hall 50 year reunion, go on Facebook and talk to Damaso Santana o Silvio Rodriguez.

Message by Manuel Perez-Capon | Mar 2nd 2013

Raul; Well I found Jorge Perez as well as George Rizo, Daniel Trujillo (el miliciano)help me convince peter pan brothers to enter their profiles!!

Message by Nick Perez-Caurel | Sep 15th 2012

Hello Raul.... From reading your story, I see that we have a few things in common. I was in Matecumbe in Oct/Nov 1961. Got sent to St. Joseph's Orphanage in Helena, MT. - Later to a foster home in Whitefish Montana...On the way back to Miami, spend several weeks at Branden Hall in Helena..From Miami, moved to New Jersey... Lived in Summit (next to New Providence) where I graduated from HS then drove a cab to pay my work to college in NYC.... got married.. lived in East Orange for a while then back to Summit... after a while moved to Toms River (down the shore)knew people in Upsala Colle, East Orange... Now live in North Carolina and may soon move back to Miami.... to complete the full cycle. My cab driving days took me to New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Murray Hill, Madison, Chatham... I am sure you are familiar with those towns. It was a pleasure reading your story.... stay in touch...

Message by Ozzie Mora | Jan 13th 2012

I'm a fifth grade student who currently finished the novel Children Of flight Pedro Pan my teacher has contacted you so we will be writing to you

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Oct 6th 2010

Raúl F. de J. has uploaded new photos.

Status update | Oct 1st 2010

Raul, Sorry, your name does not ring a bell and the face today is probably not the same you used to carry around 48 years ago. in any case, I am glad you connected here and hope to hear more from you in the future. I was en la cabana de Enrique Baloyra until the big building was built. Un abrazo.

Message by Luis R Gonzalez (Dorticos) | Sep 14th 2010

Desde luego que me acuerdo de ti. es mas que en julo del 2009 te envie un mensaje aqui. yo vivo en minnesota. mi hijo nicholas se casa en junio del 11 y mi hija, erica empieza en la U of W Milwaukee la maestria en sep de este ano. en julio voy a miami a una reunion de los cubanos que vivimos juntos en nebraska, donde yo fui de 'beca' saludos y un abrazo... ramon

Message by Ramon I Reina Bordallo | Jun 30th 2010

Raúl F. de J. has updated their profile.

Status update | Mar 22nd 2010

Raul, last time we met around Thanksgiving 200? in NYC there was no beard. Looking good! Congratulations on the grandkids!

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