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,

Ileana (MINICO) Ortega Menendez

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Current Name
Ileana Arriola (Minico)
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United States of America
Name on Arrival
Ileana (MINICO) Ortega Menendez
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Sunday, June 3, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Fla. City
Stayed With
Rev Cornelius Stefani, St John's Academy, Colfax, Wa

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Concho!! What's the matter en el timbeque??? How come everyone has been off from this wonderful page?? Oh bueno probablemente it has been me only..pero alla here to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, unas Noche Buena buenisima y un Prospero Anyo nuevo, que Dios y mi Caridad del Cobre les culme con mucha salud, paz, amor, y dinero y si se ganan la lotto DO NOT FORGET ME !! HERE I AM !! Besos Ileana/Minico

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Dec 24th 2009

I don't usually do this, but this 5 yr old boy needs an early Christmas, send him a CARD NOW !! Noah Biorkman - is five-years-old, lives in Michigan and has been battling Neuroblastoma (cancer) for two years. Doctors have said he will not make it to Christmas this year. The only thing Noah has requested is Christmas cards. His family will be celebrating Christmas next week (the week of November 16th). If you would like to send a card to Noah, it's Noah Biorkman,1141 Fountain View Circle, South Lyon, Michigan 48178. It will lift his spirits to receive mail. Make the cards fun and funny.

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Nov 12th 2009

Ileana fue un gusto verte en persona, la verda que pasamos un fin de semana fenomenal, ya veo que tu sigues y sigues, good for you!!! tambien cuando nos vimos en el desayuno del sabado. Bueno que la pases super bien, tu hermanita de PP. Silvia Budejen

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Nov 12th 2009

Querida Ileana: Eres un encanto y conocerte fue para mi una gran alegría. Espero cuando regrese a Miami volver a empatar contigo para reirnos un rato juntas, porque eres un cascabel. Un besote de Yoli

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Nov 10th 2009

Ileana: Que bueno que nos conocimos...las antiguas rivales!!! ja ja! was fun.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Nov 8th 2009

Hola Ileana,gracias por haber venido anoche a la reunion y que se hayan divertido con el grupo de hermanos Pedropanes, un abrazo. Juanita.

Message by Juanita Garcia | Nov 7th 2009

Hola Minico, como estas viajando tanto es bien dificil comunicarse contigo. Solo te queria dejar saber que si Dios quiere para Noviembe 4 estare en la Florida. Dejame saber (como estas de viaje) si vas a estar por tu casa para poder verte. Carinos, Esther

Message by Esther M Gutierrez Martinez | Oct 2nd 2009

Hey I am coming home to relax, but my ex-difunto se ha dado cuenta de lo stressed out que estoy de aqui de "CIERRA LA TAPA DEL TOILET QUE SE VA EL DINERO POR AHI", "PON LA SILLA DELCOMEDOR A CINCO DEDOS DE LEJOS DE LA MESA COMO LO HACE LA REINA DE INGLATERRA" DE QUE ME LLAMEN "ESTA" EN VEZ DE MI NOMBRE, DE NO VER EL PROGRAMA DE TV QUE ME GUSTA Y "TENER QUE VER A MA ELVIRA LIVE, Y TODOS LOS BOFES DE MEGA TV" VAYA TODAY LATE AFTERNOON GOING ON MY LAST TRIP TO THE STRIP & SEE THE FLAMINGOS, THE WATER SHOW & THE VOLCANO SHOW..JUST TO RELAX, BUT ANYWAY el ex-difunto hiso reservaciones para el crucero mia-keywest-cozumel-miami for me to relax SO I WILL LET GO OF ALL MY LAS VEGAS'S PEOPLE STRESS OUT AT SEA !! And have fun and relax for real so I get home late the 9-30th and on the midday 10-5 I am on my cruise..oye I better aprobechar ahora..los anos "60" me han vennido de lo mas bueno a Dios gracias...

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 28th 2009

ILEANA!!! Aunque yo no estoy en Miami, te espero con los brazos abiertos en este ambiente. Chica, tanta vacación hasta te puede hacer daño. vas a tener que ir al quiropráctico para que te re-ajuste después de tanto remeneo. Luego vas a tener que descansar unos cuantos dias de la juerga que te has tirado por allá. Buen viaje. Yoli

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Sep 28th 2009

Cristóbal Colón pudo descubrir América sólo porque: ¡¡ERA SOLTERO!! Si Cristóbal Colón, hubiese tenido una esposa, habría tenido que oír: -¿Y por qué tienes que ir tú? - ¿Y por qué no mandan a otro?¿ tu eres el mas tonto? - ¡Todo lo ves redondo! ¿Estas loco o eres idiota? - ¡No conoces ni a mi familia y vas a descubrir el nuevo mundo! - ¿Qué escondes? ¡Ni siquiera sabes adonde vas! - ¿Y sólo van a viajar hombres? ¿Quién se lo va a creer? - ¿Y por qué no puedo ir yo si tú eres el jefe?.... ¡ a mi nunca me llevas de viaje! - ¡Desgraciado, ya no sabes qué inventar para estar fuera de casa? - ¡Si cruzas esa puerta yo me voy con mi madre! ¡Sinvergüenza! - ¿Y quién es esa tal María? ¿Qué Pinta? ¿Y dices que es una Niña?... ¡Vete a la mierda!... ¡Salido! - ¡Todo lo tenías planeado, maldito! Tu has quedao con esas putas indias. - ¿A mí me vas engañar? ¿Qué la Reina va a vender sus joyas para que viajes? ¿Me crees tonta o qué? ¿Qué tienes con esa vieja? - ¡No permitiré que vayas a ningún lado! ¡ siempre te las apañas para dejarme sola! - No va a pasar nada si el mundo sigue plano. Así que no te vistas que ... ¡no vas!

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Sep 28th 2009

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