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,

Justo Alejandro Martinez Monzon

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Justo Alejandro Martinez Monzon
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United States of America
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Justo Alejandro Martinez Monzon
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Date of Arrival
Monday, July 31, 1961
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-----JULY 9,1946 THRU JANUARY 1,1959------- "HAPPY CUBAN CHILD"

Hijo de un Oficial Militar de Carrera y una Madre que era una SANTA.


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Justo Alejandro, no me conoces pero no puedo aguantar la curiosidad de preguntarte porque en el CF celebran el sabado el jueves? Por cierto que yo tambien estoy esperando el capitulo "B" y "C" de la Susy con gran ansiedad; Si es tan detallado como el "A" nos tomara mucho tiempo leerlo pero estoy segura que valdra la pena. Saludos, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 18th 2009

Justo, que gran honor es para mi que me hayas escrito. Tienes toda la razon, tenemos a Eloy Cepero, otra gloria PP que me hablaria con gran entusiamo sobre nuestra musica cubana. Cuando yo sali de Cuba, solamente traje una caja de tabaco. como me gustaria fumarmelos hoy. A Mel Martinez lo conoci una vez cuando fui con Elly a una reunion que dio. Tuvo la gentileza de firmarme el libro de los Pedro Panes. Ojalad que algun dia tu me lo puedas firmar tambien. Tu hermano PP, Marcos F Pinedo

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | Sep 17th 2009

Justo, comparto con el mayor placer, porque como solía hacer notar el apóstol de nuestra patria: los conocimientos emancipan al hombre. La mayor parte de las injusticias en el mundo se llevan a cabo por ignorancia. Quedo muy agradecido por todos tus generosos comentarios. José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 16th 2009

Justo, Marcos también pudiera leer el libro del abogado y coleccionista de música cubana Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala, Cuba canta y baila, (Discografía enciclopédica de música cubana, 1898-1960) que se consigue "online" por medio de la biblioteca de la FIU, a la cual él donó su coleccíón de música cubana, valorada por más de un millón de dólares. Díaz-Ayala, quien fuera abogado en la Habana, fue propietario de una tienda de discos en La Habana Vieja, antes de partir para Puerto Rico a principios de la década de los 1960. Aparte de ejercer su profesión en la isla hermana, fue locutor radial de un progama titulado Cubanacán, dedicado exclusivamente a la música cubana, por muchos años y se dedicó de pleno a coleccionar y preservar toda la música cubana grabada antes de 1960. Hace unos pocos años atrás la donó a la Florida International University. La dirección del sitio de la FIU es: Yo la he consultado en varias ocasiones y es una magnífica fuente de consulta para cualquier persona que esté interesado en la historia de la música cubana. Por cierto que Ned Sublette lo entrevistó a él para su libro, ya que se le considera un especialista del tema. Saludos, José Antonio Amaro Reyes

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 16th 2009

Honorable Justo Alejandro Martinez: I am the personal assistant to Mrs. Rodriguez. I will be checking her calendar and our publicity department will contact you and corfirm. Please note that she has 250 close & intimate friends so maybe the Amway Arena may be more appropiate.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 16th 2009

Mr. Martinez: This is John Greatjob from the Orlado Sentinel. It is our understanding that you are the representative for our respected citizen, Susana Rodriguez. We would like to request that you intervene on our behalf as we are interested in doing a tribute to Mrs. Rodriguez at the Citrus Club. Mrs. Rodriguez will be honored for her kind and gentle heart. What ever she wants, she gets. Please advise if this is possible.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 16th 2009

Justo, mi familia no es de Matanza, somos de Sancti Spiritus. Sorry, Lourdes

Message by Lourdes M Vukelic Martinez | Sep 16th 2009

Justo, ahora hable con los Colladas y me dijeron que los Vieitez son los antiguos de Rolando's, is tht right? Yo conoci a una de las hijas cuando iba al restaurant pero despues que vendieron y Alex, el nieto, abrio Alex's no he vuelto a saber mas de ellos. Se lo dire a Tere.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 15th 2009

"Saludamos la bandera, la bandera de La Luz, que afanosa nos conduce..." ... a los brazos de Pedro Pan!

Message by Ivonne Martín | Sep 15th 2009

You get the gang together and we'll all do the trip! I don't mind if they move here as long as they push out that 'majority' in CF que si se caen, comen llerba. Yes, that is the group I strongly oppose undescriminably! Oh, blessed one!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 15th 2009

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