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,

Angel Canete Braulio

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Current Name
Angel Braulio Canete
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Angel Canete Braulio
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Sunday, January 14, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Florida City
Stayed With
Saint Vincent's Home - Saginaw Michigan

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Great memories of friends and guardians that made a very difficult time in our lives endurable and memorable.

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Status update | Jan 30th 2013

Angel says: Looking forward to many more Pedro Pans registering with this database.

Status update | Aug 16th 2012

hi im a cuban boy too im 17 years always reading articules about the peter pan operantion i would like to ask u some questian talk to u about ur experencies. i love history and i think that u are part of history im doing a proyect about peter pan operation im reading a book called waiting for snow in havana.thanks for every thing i ll waiting for ur anwer

Message by Javier palenzuela | Nov 19th 2010

OK. I will.

Message by Raul C Ruiz Cepero | Oct 19th 2010

Angel, I just spoke with Cabarrocas and I gave him your number as well as Jose Fernandez. Looks like you got the reunion well on its way. I am not going to be able to make it to the reunion, this year, please take lots of pictures and so I can see what every body looks like. I been trying to locate Juan Ramos, Saturnino Diaz, Francisco Suarez and some others. I left messages on different Facebooks hoping that they are the correct people. We'll see... Jose Fernandez is coming down sometime in the next couple of weeks so we can talk for a while, if you have the time and inclination, I would love to have you stop by along with any other Pedro Pan that wants to say "Hello"! Stay well.

Message by Raul C Ruiz Cepero | Oct 19th 2010

Angel, por favor si sabes de alguien del grupo de Uds que reservaron paralas fiestas por favor dames los nombres para poderlos sentar juntos. El unico que yo se es Garriga que compro una mesa. saludos, mandame esta informacion a mi email.

Message by Frank ( Paco ) Echeverria | Oct 17th 2010

Angel,I have not heard from Raul, only his posting under my profile. I'm thinking that I would like to drive down and see him before November.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Oct 6th 2010

Hi Angel, this is Jose Fernandez Barbas “El Gallego”. I found this web site last night and have not stopped thinking about our experiences. Last time I was in contact with you or your sister was in 2003, at the time I had just been diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and was scheduled for surgery. To bring you up to date I had a very hard time with this cancer. They have operated on me four times and the radiation treatments were no fun at all. On the bright side, in the last two years I have had good results and I’m feeling good again. Looking at the photos you have posted brought back many wonderful memories. If possible can you e-mail me a file with the other photos? My e-mail address is Hope to hear from you soon and please say high to your wonderful sister for me. She is the only one I have had a chance to see after I left St. Vincent’s Home.

Message by Jose Fernandez Barbas | Sep 6th 2010

Yes, Angel, it is great that you are making an effort to preserve the memories for our future generations. The phone number at UM's Cuban Heritage Collection is 305-284-4008. They will help you. Cariños, Eloísa

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Aug 12th 2010

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