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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Asela ahora mismo lei tu mensaje acerca de Araceli, yo y las otras alumnas de colegio sabiamos la noticia tan triste por el grupo del Colegio de Lourdes en facebook. Yo no se si tu estas en facebook,si estas, busca el link colegio de Lourdes, es un great network para todas nosotras alumnas del colegio. Si tienes algun problema avisame. Yo me acuerdo mucho de ti tambien y de todas nuestras companeras. Keep in touch, carinos, Zeida

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Asela, ayer hable por telefono con Teresita Delgado te acuerdas de ella? Yo perdi contacto con ella despues de salir del campamento de Fla. City en 1962, al igual que perdi contacto con todas mis otras companeras, como tu, Elsa etc. Ella me pregunto de ti, me dijo que Gloria Morales, tambien vive en Illinois. Ya yo me hice miembro de la Asociacion de Antiguas Alumnas de Lourdes, y con el favor de Dios espero ir a la reunion en Diciembre. Carinos Zeida.

Message by Zeida Rife - Kirik | Oct 2nd 2009

Asela, ayer mismo me registre con esta Website, y ya he tenido comunicacion contigo,Estelita, Melvin,Carmencita Romanach. (Ella me dice que es de la clase anteriosr de nosotros). Vi el mensaje de Estelita para ti de agosto 30, y menciona muchas companeras de colegio, yo voy a tratar de ponerme en comunicaion con ellas. Me gustaria tener una reunion. Esto parece un sueno, yo nunca me he olvidado de mis companeras del colegio, tenemos que seguir en comunicacion. abrazos, Zeida

Message by Zeida Rife - Kirik | Sep 22nd 2009

Asela yo soy Zeida Rife del colegio Nuestra Senora de Lourdes. Te acuerdas de mi? Que alegria pode saber de companeras del colegio. Zeida

Message by Zeida Rife - Kirik | Sep 21st 2009

Asela tengo contacto con vaias gente de la clase, Lillian Delgado es la coordinorad social, bueno no es su titulo oficial pero ella siempre esta tratando de empatar a la gente de Lourdes. Tambien tengo contacto con Borja, Diana Casariego, Caridad Cesari, Gloria Delgado, Eloisa Zorrilla etc, tu no ere socia de la antiguas de Lourdes? todos los Diciembre hay una gran reunion en Miami yo hace muchos anos que no voy, pero mi hermana Mayuyis si va a menudo. Te acuerda de Maria Cristina Capin? vive en Espana y tiene 9 hijos y como cuatro son religiosas de clausura. No tenia tu una hermana tambien si me acuerdo tenia el pelo claro con rizos, bueno perdona si estoy equivocada, los recuerdos estan borrozos despues de 49 anos. Dejame saber de tu vida y no perdamos el contacto. Carinos Estelita

Message by Estela Prieto Guzman | Aug 30th 2009

Asela que alegria saber de ti, me acuerdo perfectamente de ir a tu casa y tu hermana Rosita?. Vivo en Miami, estoy casada tengo 2 hijas Marlene de 42 e Yvonne de 40, las dos casadas pero no me han dado nietos. Te acuerdas de mi hermana Eugenia, ella vive en Miami tambien y esta bien. Escribeme, Elsa

Message by ELSA BULNES LOPEZ | Aug 27th 2009

Asela, cunado vi tu nombre no lo podia creer..Asela Paredes...que alegria, soy Estelita Prieto del Colegio de Lourdes. Carinos

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Message by Elsa Bulnes-Garcia | Aug 23rd 2009

Gracias por enviarme el link. Queria que tuvieses un mensaje. Gladys

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