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,

Fernando L. Collado González

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Current Name
Fernando L Collado Gonzalez
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United States of America
Name on Arrival
Fernando L. Collado González
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Saturday, October 13, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Matecumbe

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yo vivia en la ciudad de MATANZAS en el reparto VERSALLES. ATENDI LA ACADEMIA DE MUNI. y llegue a matecumbe en oct. 13 del 1962 ahi estube cuatro meses y ME movieron para FLORIDA CITY por mi edad [ 14...

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saludos a todos y les deseo un buen año nuevo. y dejenme desirles a todos de que contrario de lo que hayan pensdo. ni muerto ni conjelado estoy ok. solamente con muy poco tiempo despues de la muerte de mi padre. pero siempre pensando en todos ustedes que siempre seran muy importante en mi vida. bye FERNANDO

Message by Fernando L Collado Gonzalez | Jan 30th 2011

Hi Fernando: How are you doing? How is the family? I keep writing to you and you do not answer. Please respond, we are thinking of you. Are you buried in snow like us?

Message by Arelis M Alvarez | Jan 29th 2011

Hi Fernando: How are you doing? We missed you Miami this year. How is your Mom doing? Our best wishes to you and your family, please stay in touch. Cariños, Arelis y Luis

Message by Arelis M Alvarez | Dec 19th 2010

Fernandiño hermanito: Te extrañamos mucho en las reuniones de los Pedro Pans en Miami este año. Espero que en el próximo no faltes.--Dios acompañe y bendiga a toda tu familia en este dia de Dar Gracias. Tony y yo les enviamos mucho cariño. Cuídate.

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Nov 22nd 2010

Dear Fernando, I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad. I know how that feels. May he rest in peace and may your God give you strength during these sad moments.

Message by Niurka A Strong | Nov 8th 2010

Hello Fernando en nombre de nuestra familia nos sumamos en vuestro dolor en estos momentos dificiles para con vosotros, recibeis nuestro mas sentido pesame, bye now kid, un abrazo ¨El Frances ¨

Message by Eddie Enrique Fernandez Tramezaygues | Oct 30th 2010

Fernando te acompano en tus sentimiento por la perdida de tu padre.

Message by Manuel J. Izquierdo Rodriguez | Oct 29th 2010

Fernando, siento mucho lo de tu papá, aunque sabemos que ahora está en mejor vida. Will call you soon. Eloísa

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Oct 29th 2010

"Prayer 34 WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU When I must leave you for a little while, please do not grieve and shed wild tears, and hug your sorrow to you through the years. But start out bravely with a gallant smile; And for my sake and in my name live on and do all things the same. Feed not your loneliness on empty days, but fill each waking hour in useful ways. Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer, and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near. For I am waiting for you in the sky!" Fosforito, my prayers and thoughts with you, mami and the family.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Oct 29th 2010

Querido hermano: Estoy acompañandote en el dolor perder a tu papá, que tan recientemente tambien he pasado por esa pérdida, que aunque sea esperada, es una de las mas duras en la vida. Te mando mi mas cariñoso abrazo de consuelo y apoyo. Abraza de mi parte a tu viejita, que ella está pasando por algo muy fuerte tambien. Tu hermana Pedro Pan, Yoli

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Oct 29th 2010

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