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,

Benita Esperanza Gutierrez Ramos

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Benita Esperanza Gutierrez Ramos
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United States of America
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Benita Esperanza Gutierrez Ramos
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Monday, July 23, 1962
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CWB Florida City

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yo llegue a florida city con mi hermana menor y fuimos a casa de perez-plana hasta que me cambiaron para casa de quesada ydespues me enviaron para new orleans.

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Benita, hola mi nombre es Ana Dominguez, estuvimos en noveno grado en la Immaculata, no se si te acordaras de mi. Yo siempre me acuerdo de ti y pienso en que habra sido de tu vida. Si puedes escribeme. Yo sigo en Miami, con 3 hijos y 4 nietos!!! Saludos, Ana

Message by Ana Dominguez | Sep 1st 2010

Benita, yo desgraciadamente no recuerdo mucho los nombres de los que estabamos en Florida City, pero como tu, yo tambien estaba en la casa de Quesada. Te acuerdas de la estatua que estaba de frente al mar en la Immaculata? Yo recuerdo que la estatua era la copia de la Pieta. Recuerdo que yo me sentaba en los escalones de la estatua y miraba al mar ya que sentia mas cerca de mis padres que estaban en Cuba. Te acuerdas del dia que se nos rompio la guagua en camino al campamento. En aquel tiempo Miami era un pueblecito de campo y nos paramos al lado de la linea de un ferrocaril. Ahi estubimos un largo rato hasta que nos encontro un caballito de la policia. Te acuerdas cuando saliamos del colegio y al entrar en la guagua gritabamos "primera en la izquierda de Quesada? lo que queria decir que ibamos a entrar la primera en le bano para banarnos. Recuerdas cuando vino la epidemia de la varicela? Yo recuerdo que el sabado que nos estabamos mudandonos para el edificio de las que ibamos a ir a la Immaculata, a mi me empezo el salpullido pero me quede callada hasta despues de baname para decir que tenia la rubiola. Que mal la pase por haberme banado con ese salpullido. Uds. venian a hablar conmigo desde la ventana de la enfermeria. Espero saber de ti pronto. Desgraciadamente no hay forma de poder entrar en la pagina mia para poder escribir mi historia. Creo que tengo una foto tuya y mia de la escurcion que fuimos. Yo tenia un pantalon blanco con rayas rosadas.

Message by janet martinez lopez | Jun 24th 2010

Esperanza, que bueno que te registrastes! En la reunion del sabado pasado nos encontramos con Tete Extremera y Martica Rodriguez .No nos parecio que habian pasaso mas de cuarenta años sin vernos.Empatamos como si solo hubieran pasado unas semanas. Esto que nos pasa en cada reunion es increible!. No te vemos en los desayunos y te extrañamos. Trata de venir, muchos se alegrarian de estar contigo. Un fuerte abrazo para ustedes dos..Cariños...MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Jun 24th 2010

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Status update | Jun 24th 2010

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Status update | Mar 8th 2010

Esperanza, ahora tienes que poner algunas fotos y redactar tu profile.Trata de ir con tu esposo al picnic,muchos de nuestra epoca se que van. Damele un abrazo a tu esposo, los quiere: MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Mar 7th 2010

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Status update | Mar 4th 2010

Yo sabia que yo iba a ser el primero en escribirte! . Que bueno que ya te registrastes, ahora podemos recordar aquellos momentos en Florida City y tu podras empatarte con tus "viejas" amistades. Que bien la pase contigo y con tu esposo en la ultima reunion. Espero a que no faltes este proximo sabado. Bienvenida a estas paginas! Muchos carinos. MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Oct 14th 2009

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