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,

Francisco F Echeverria Rabassa

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Frank ( Paco ) Echeverria
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Francisco F Echeverria Rabassa
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Monday, August 6, 1962
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CWB Matecumbe
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Matecumbre, Kendall, Opa-Locka
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Paco: Thanks for the photos...they are parece que el unico que no se divertio fue Pepe Noriega...parecia que estaba sentado y aburrido..RIGHT!!!! JA JA! Un abrazo

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Nov 23rd 2009

Hola Paco, que alegria y pensar que estuvimos alli juntos y yo no te reconoci tampoco, la verdad que no he sabido nada de Sarmientos, es un misterio que nadie sabe nada de el. A lo mejor Alberto Cuartas si sabe algo de el, pienso visitarlo esta semana proxima, ya te informare, saludos para ti y tu esposa, abrazos Henry

Message by Henry/Enrique Rodriguez (EL MUSICO) | Nov 18th 2009

Paco: Te dire que estoy en Key West..I had heard that Fantasy Fest was wild....eso es un mayor understatement...Now I'm wondering what I'm doing here!!!!! YA NO TENGO PA'DONDE MIRAR QUE NO SE VEA UN ESPECTACULO!!!!!Te contare esta semana...Saludos a todos mis PP seiblings!!!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Oct 31st 2009

Paco, queria saludarte, que bueno que voy a conocer a tu esposa, ya solo nos queda una semanita. Besos tu hermanita de PP, Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Oct 30th 2009

Paco, y que tu haces despierto a esta hora? Yo creía que yo era el único sonámbulo. Un abrazo, Guillermo

Message by Guillermo R Paz Vazquez | Oct 28th 2009

Paco: What the heck happened with that game? Oh, my goodness, we were having a wonderful dinner only to get text in the middle of it about the loss! Bummer!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Oct 24th 2009

Paco, Josefina no puede ir, la mama de ella esta muy enferma y se va a quedar con ella, tal vez en un futuro pueda. A proposito, ten cuidado no te caigas en un hueco como le pasa a Fernando, acuerdate que tu vives aqui, y no es facil que te hagan un cuento chino. Con cariño y respeto, Marcos

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | Oct 24th 2009

Paco: Creo que todo lo que canta Roberto Carlos me gusta...Me imagino que hablas de la de millon de amigos? La otra que puse es menos conocida pero una cancion preciosa de apoyo, consuelo, y compresion de un amigo hacia una amiga que sufre el desencanto de un amor perdido... Bueno, a ver el juego! GO CANES!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Oct 24th 2009

Hola Paco, Nos vemos en el Versalles, no en Versalles, Matanzas, pero en el Versalles Restaurant. La Susy, esta ultimamente actuando rara, no se que se le ha metido a esa niña en la cabeza. Yo le mande a rezar 10 Padre Nuestro, 10 Ave Maria y un Rosario, pero creo que no me hizo caso.

Message by Marcos F. Pinedo | Oct 24th 2009

Paco, Me acuerdo de la comida y nuestra querida Elly, creo que hay fotos para mostrarlo. Gracias por tus comentarios sobre mi familia. Si Dios quiere nos vemos dos veces el proximo mes. "Little Five" (el 5 a las 5) y "Big Five" (el 21 a las 21) Cuidate--------JAM

Message by Justo Alejandro Martinez Monzon | Oct 19th 2009

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