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,

Eloísa Echazábal Pi

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Eloísa Echazábal
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Eloísa Echazábal Pi
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Wednesday, September 6, 1961
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Kendall Camp and Buffalo, NY
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Eloisa, gracias por el alago pero ese es mi nieto Diego, voy a aclararlo mejor en la foto. Thanks, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 7th 2009

Agradable mensaje para los que tuvieron a Alberto Cuartas como houseparent. Carmencita y yo estuvimos con él recientemente. Está de lo mas bién. Les manda saludos y recuerdos a todos. Acabo de poner una foto en mi profile. Eloísa

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Sep 6th 2009

Cuando carmencita va a poner la foto del tiburon y la marca de los dientes saludos

Message by Paco Echeverra | Sep 6th 2009

Eloisa, que bien la pasamos ayer. Que verguenza que te abandonamos con tu mordida de tiburon pensando que era un chiste. Nosotros muy divertidos montando nuestros caballos mientras tu por poco pierdes el brazo. Menos mal que el tiburon no te arranco el brazo pues al ver que tu eres Pedropanita y que tienes miles de hermanos que,aunque momentaneamente entretenidos, pueden salir a tu defensa en un instante este se aconsejo. La marca de los dientes que te dejo es muy impresionante asi que despues de todo tubiste tremenda suerte. Un beso, Carmen

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Sep 6th 2009

HOLA...por favor necesito saber si en este network de los Pedro Panes hay alguno que vive en LAS VEGAS en la actualidad o alguno que conocen a otros que vivan por LAS VEGAS delen mi numero de celular 702-502-6444 ya que yo estoy por estos rumbos y me gustaria reunirnos y conocernos y quizas para juntos poder ir a la reunion del 26 de septiembre..please es urgente..gracias ILEANA/MINICO

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 6th 2009

Que susto! Menos mal que era pequeno..pero yo los he visto nadar cerca de las costas en Hollywood tambien...persiguen peces...hay que estar alerta, como tu dices...y mirar alrededor...Saludos.

Message by Emma A. Botet Zuloaga | Aug 26th 2009

Bueno, yo solo queria intersarme por la mordida del tiburon! Espero que estes bien! Te mande un mensaje a tu "e mail" pero me fue tengo otro remedio que desearte que te mejores...a traves del Pedro Pan website... Get Better! Cuentame...en que playa te ataco el tiburon? Yo vivo en la playa y me quede preocupada...

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Aug 25th 2009

Eloísa, he visto en tu mensaje a Elsa que expresas interés en recibir fotos para los archivos Pedro Pan. Tengo algunas que quizás sean de interés tambien y me gustaría donarlas, ya que cuando yo salga del mundo nadie más en mis entornos va a apreciarlas en su contexto apropriado. Dime como contactarte. Con mi aprecio y agradecimiento por tu labor, Yolanda

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Aug 25th 2009

Elo me han llamado amigos de miami para preguntarme si vi el programa sobre PEDRO PAN en el canal 23? dime algo pues no se nada sobre lo que hicieron. cuidate y que tengas un buen dia . FERNANDO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Aug 25th 2009

Eloisa, fantastico reportaje. Congratulations. Marcos Pinedo

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | Aug 21st 2009

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