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

Celia M de los D Capote Aguila

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Celia M de los D Capote Aguila
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United States of America
Name on Arrival
Celia M de los D Capote Aguila
Age on Arrival
14
Date of Arrival
Saturday, July 21, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Florida City
Stayed With
alcoz home

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Querida Celia: Leí algo acerca de nuestra hermana Juanita Gonzalez, todo un personaje, tantos buenos ratos con ella....aquí tengo dos fotos que nos tomamos en Miami Beach en 1965......pero ya apenas tienen color....te llamaré para saber dónde es que està.........aunque para mí Hialeah es poco menos que ir a Noruega. Un abrazo, Otmara

Message by Otmara Capote | Jul 5th 2010

Celia, hoy te conteste a tu e-mail, me alegro que estes bien. Cuidate y un besote bien grande, tu hermanita PP, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Jan 15th 2010

Celia mi hermanita recibi tu e-mail y ya veo que tu recibistes el mio tambien, pero aqui en esta website tu necesitas apretar la tecla ACCEPT, para que me puedas acceptar y yo tenerte en mi profile. Dime como pasastes Thanksgiving, nosotros bien en la casa de mi hermano con toda la familia, pues el dia 24 se pasa aqui en mi casa y asi compartimo. Bueno un fuerte abrazo de tu hermanita PP, Silvia Budejen

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Nov 29th 2009

Celia, recibi tu mensaje pero necesito tu e-mail para poderte mandar las fotos, tu necesitas apretar la tecla ACCEPT en tu profile o mandamelo por mi e-mail que esta en mi profile. Besitos, tu hermanita PP, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Nov 17th 2009

Hola Celia, que alegria verte de nuevo el sabado en el restaurant, luces super bien esto que te conste no lo digo yo sola alguien por ahi tambien me lo dijo (tu sabes quien es) Celia si entras a mi profile encuentras mi e-mail address. Luego cuando tenga tu e-mail, para poderte enviar unas fotos que tengo tuya. Besos de tu hermanita de PP, Silvia Budejen

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Nov 16th 2009

Hola Celia, Te recuerdo con mucho cariño, mi querida hermanita. Espero te acuerdes de mi y que vayss el sábado para poder vernos y disfrutar juntas por un rato. Un beso, TereGonza

Message by Teresita Gonzalez-Angulo | Sep 17th 2009

09/17/09 Querida Celia: Apunte tu telefono en un papelito y se me perdio....por favor mandamelo.... Un beso, Otmara

Message by Otmara Capote | Sep 17th 2009

Hola Celia! Que gusto me da haberte encontrado, estabamos en la casa Alcoz del 62 al 64. Sabes algo de la familia Alcoz? Caruca Campos

Message by cari urbanczyk | Sep 12th 2009

Hola Celia, Gisela me habia contado que te habia visto, cuanto te recuerdo, tengo una foto tuya que la voy a upload para que te veas creo que fue en 1963. Saludos

Message by Maria Del C pardo -Ledesma | Sep 12th 2009

Hola Celia, I am so happy to hear from you. I hope I can make it to one of the reunions eventually and see you. Any pictures from you I would love to see. My best to you and family.Love, Niurka

Message by Niurka A Strong | Aug 27th 2009

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