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,

Jose A Manso Sanchez

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Current Name
Jose A Manso Sanchez
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Jose A Manso Sanchez
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Tuesday, April 17, 1962
Relocated To
14120 NW 5 Ave, Miami
Stayed With
Gilberto Manso, uncle

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The most important thing about being part of Operacion Pedro Pan was the courage and faith our parents had to make the decision to send us to "El Exilio" ahead of themselves. I have so much res...

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Thanks primito. Love ya, Jesu

Message by Jesus D Perez Garcia | Jul 26th 2009

Hi Jose Avelino, How are you? And yes I'm on facebook. Call Pochy and ask her for my email address and my home phone, she give it to you. I don't want to post anything like that here. I've just received an anonymous message on my message board and its not "kosher" with me. I'm seriously thinking of pulling out of this website. I'm too old and too tired to put up with offensive and derogartory messages towards me. The only thing good that has come out of this PPan Network is hooking back up with my primos and primas, God Bless you all. Love, Jesu

Message by Jesus D Perez Garcia | Jul 26th 2009

Mi hermano he creado un network para los Pedro Pan, pero en este uno puede hacer lo que quiera de su pagina y adornarla como quiera. dejaselo saber a todos que conoces y solo tienen que registrarse en y ahi me encontraran. Es buenisima y bonita pueden poner videos de cada uno o del youtube todo es para mejorar las cosas. Te veo ileana/minico

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Jul 22nd 2009

My Primo Jesucito! It is so good to hear from you. Of course I remember the mango tree, thanks for taking me down memory lane. We have tons of memories about the fun times at Tia and Tio's house (que en paz descansen). As Maribel pointed out, they made it all possible for us. I know that our parents would not have sent us if it had not been for the close bond of trust and love that our families shared. I am glad you found this website. Please register on this website and post your story. The world needs to hear our stories. Also, send me your email address. I want to see the photos you mentioned. Are you on Facebook?

Message by Jose A Manso Sanchez | Jul 15th 2009

Hello Avelinito, How goes it? Ileana's story brought tears to my eyes. I was the first one to get there and the last one out. We went thru alot during those years but we also had alot of fun as well. this goes out to all my primitos - Do you guys remember when we use to climb the "mango" tree in the back of the house of tio Gilberto's house and eat mangoes while sitting either on the tree or the the roof of the house? I have great memories of all of that and plenty of pictures to go along with that. Alot of pictures of Ileana, Mayra and myself with our parents at the Zoologico de la habana as well. Birthdays, anniversaries, and whole lot of pics of when we were very young. Its nce to read all the stories in this venue. Lots of hugs & kisses to you and to all.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Jul 14th 2009

Primo, I didn't even know you were part of this program. I know how corageous tia and tia were and how much they trusted mami & papi.

Message by Maribel | Jul 13th 2009

Hola Primo... Love the photo you have posted! My face tells my story, doesn't it?

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Jun 2nd 2009

I will get it scanned this weekend. Do you mind if I post it on this website? We all look so cute in our matching suits and dresses. I love you too Prima.

Message by Jose A Manso Sanchez | May 21st 2009

Hey Primo. Love your story...our story! I read on Mayra's page that you have a photo of the day we arrived. Would you scan it and email it to me? Thank you! Love, Ileana

Message by Ileana Manso Kane | May 20th 2009

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