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 museum@mdc.edu. Event contacts: Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu

Emma Aracely (Emy) Botet Zuloaga

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Current Name
Emma A. Botet Zuloaga
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Emma Aracely (Emy) Botet Zuloaga
Age on Arrival
14
Date of Arrival
Thursday, December 7, 1961
Relocated To
CWB - Florida City
Stayed With
FloridaCity/Chicago/IL/New Orleans,La

Emma Aracely (Emy)'s Story

My brother and I were supposed to leave Cuba together;however, we were separated and in August 1961 he left alone, at 9 years of age.

I was finally able to leave on Dec 7, 1961. I looked forward to b...

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Hola Emy, Puedes poner de nuevo mi direccion para que Isabel se comunique conmigo, estoy teniendo problema loggin in. asurbinati@gmail.com o me puede llamar al 561-352-5463, gracias mi hermanita, ada

Message by ada arevalo valdez | Aug 17th 2011

Hola Emy, Acabo de leer en el data que te estas comunicando con Isabel Rodriguez y que parece hay una confusion con el ano. Yo recuerdo muy bien que vole a Chicago con Tony y Francisco y que Tony se enfermo durante el vuelo. Emy y otros estaban en el vuelo tambien. Nosotros fuimos a casa de Norman and Dorothy Hennessy quienes vivian en River Forest. Ellos ofrecieron su casa como punto de reunion para que los "foster parents" nos vinieran a buscar. Emy y yo fuimos unas de las ultimas en recoger. A mi me vinieron a recoger muy tarde y ellos se encarinaron conmigo. Yo vivi con los Steinfields y luego con los Bars. Los Bars me mandaron a Marywood High School, pero solo estuve ahi por un tiempo con Emy pues al enfermarme ellos ya no me quisieron pues temian que sus ninitos se fueran a contagiar, asi que me llevaron al hospital. Cuando estaba en el hospital Miss Templeton me dijo que me buscaria una casa en donde me recibieran. Solo por medio de la Providencia de Dios, los Hennessys supieron de mi dilema y me invitaron. Vivi con ellos por un ano y fui a Trinity High School. En Trinity tambien habia otra nina cubana que era mi amiguita al igual que Emy fue en Marywood. Esta nina iba mucho a casa de los Hennessys y yo le cortaba el pelo. Ella era alta, con cabello negro y ojos azules muy lindos. Mis recuerdos son muy lindos pues esta nina dejaba que yo le cortara el pelo...... sin saber. Ella era muy dulce. No recuerdo su nombre, creo que era Isabel o Lillian. Todos estos ans anos he estado tratando de acordarme del apellido, pero a traves de los anos me he olvidado hasta del nombre. Me gustaria que se comunicaron conmigo a asurbinati@gmail.com. Estoy seguro que yo llegue a Miami en Septiembre del 61 y vole a Chicago en Diciembre del 61.

Message by ada arevalo | Aug 17th 2011

Isabel yo vine antes del 62 si mal no recuerdo, el avion nuestro llego en Dic 61. Solo estuve como 17 dias en Florida City. No me acuerdo de los ninos que venian en el avion. Solo recuerdo que todos venian en "silencio". Mas bien creo que asustados por el traslado a lo desconocido. Pero si acabe viviendo con Ada. Tal vez ella llego despues, pero vivimos juntas hasta que nos pudieron recoger las respectivas familias que vivian en las afueras de Chicago. Habia una 3ra nina, y no me acuerdo del nombre de ella. Pero Ada era tan habladora como yo, y enseguida conectamos! Cuando ella me escribio a mi e mail me pregunto: "Are you my Emy from Chicago"? Yo la estaba buscando a ella tambien hace anos, pero no me acordaba del apellido....

Message by Emy Botet | Aug 16th 2011

Isabel, pues yo termine en la misma casa en que estaba Ada Arevalo, y de ahi nos separaron, pero despues estuvimos juntas en Marywood. A Lisieux la conoci en Winnetka, ya estando con mis "foster parents", pero estuvimos conectadas por anos a traves de nuestras madres quienes se quedaron amigas. Al morir la mia perdi el contacto. Ada y yo nos acabamos de encontrar y recordamos muchas cosas de nuestra etapa juntas. A donde fuistes a vivir, en que parte de Illinois? No embalde a mi el nombre de Domingo Trujillo 'rang a bell"....cuando lo vi en un desayuno de Miami....deja vu...

Message by Emy Botet | Aug 16th 2011

Emy,viaje de Florida City a Chicago el 1ro de Feb 1962, en el grupo recuerdo iba Ada Arevalo,Lisieux Garcia,Domingo Trujillo, Lilliam Ortega

Message by Isabel Rodriguez Brizuela | Aug 16th 2011

Emy thanks for your kind words.

Message by Oscar Pichardo Busquets | Jul 6th 2011

Arturo, No he podido dar mas con Lisieux Garcia, del primer grupo de Pedro Pan que fuimos a Chicago, pero como di con otros Chicago Pedro Pan el mes pasado, no he perdido las esperanzas. Guardare tu e mail y te informare si me entero de su paradero. Saludos,

Message by Emy Botet | Jun 17th 2011

Emy: Ví que conociste a Lisieux Garcia en Chicago. Has sabido de ella? Fuimos muy amigos y con el tiempo y los cambios la perdí de vista. Gracias

Message by Arturo | Jun 17th 2011

Dear Emy, what it joy it has being to have found you;I believe it has being by the providence of God that I saw your name at the end of the email.I am so thankful to have found you dear Emy. Remember our time at Marywood when they sisters didn't let us speak Spanish and we had to sit with the other girls at lunch time and they would say: "speak english" oh that was the last thing we wanted to hear.Remember your birthday party in that beautiful home where you lived? Tony and Panchito Fernandez Miranda where there with us. I understand they have become very succesful.I kept in touch with father Coughlin who then became Monsignor-I believe- not to sure and Anne Templeton our social worker.I visited them in Chicago a couple of times and he came to Florida once and had lunch together. He gave me a booklet he wrote about us, the first kids to arrive to Chicago and the story of some of us. The name of the booklet is: Cuban Children's Program 1061-1964.Oh Emy what times were those, of it hadn't being for your kind friendship and that of Iraida,I am not sure of her last name, my life would have being so difficult and sad. I always talk about you and remember you with love as a kindred spirit. You were always so joyful and witty, i never knew you had so much painful memories.I hope we can meet soon.My husband and children are so happy for me.I pray you and your family will be blessed in all you do.Now we will continue to be friends for life, Ada Arevalo

Message by Ada Arevalo Valdes | Apr 15th 2011

Tom Suydam - New Orleans After researching this school and the names you seek, my New Orleans Pedro Pan friends all agree that you should inquire through the services of Catholic Charities in that city, as to the names of the Pedro Pan children that attended the Live Oak School you mention between 1963-1964. They would have records of all the children's names and they also knew the catholic schools that participated in the program.

Message by Emy Botet | Mar 22nd 2011

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