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
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Francisco F Echeverria Rabassa
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Monday, August 6, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Matecumbe
Stayed With
Matecumbre, Kendall, Opa-Locka
Haiti Pedro Pan
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Hola Paco, mi nombre es Jose Manuel Fernandez Enriquez sali de Cuba el 23 de abril del 62 estuve en Matecumbe en la cabana de Sergio, soy de Cienfuegos y de nino me decian Jochi. En Cienfuegos corri mucha bicicleta con Joaquin Alemany, Raul Dube y Pepe Machin. En los mensajes que tienes veo nombres que recuerdo: Porfirio Ferrer y Alejo Vada. Yo estuve en las Dominicas en Kinder y debo estar en la foto que se mensiona en unos de tus mensajes porque Alemany y yo estuvimos juntos en las Dominicas. Quisiera saber algo mas de ti. mi direccion es:

Message by Jose M. Fernandez | Jul 17th 2009

Hola Paco my nombre es Silvia Portu y lei en unos de tus mensajes que eras amigo de Jorge Paz Jova. Quisiera saber de el. Desde que Nubia su hermana fallecio no se de el ya hace mas de dos anos. Por favor dejame saber si tienes alguna info de el. Veo que todos te conocen y que has estado activo con todo lo de Pedro Pan Quiera Dios que podamos continuar con todo esto. Desde que empezo lo leo continuamente. Espero que tengas alguna informacion para mi. Un abrazo

Message by Silvia E Portu | Jul 12th 2009

07/10/09 Querido Paquito: Lo tengo en mi horario...pero por fin dónde serà...Please, let me know. Honestamente de quien recibía siempre era de Elly y de Mikki Canton....pero como te dije por año y medio ni siquiera toqué la computadora.....por supuesto ni tengo el e-mail de Mikki aunque recuerdo que estaba en New York. Sabes de ella? Thanks,

Message by Otmara Capote | Jul 10th 2009

07/10/09 Querido Paquito: Pienso que debemos hacer algo para la reunión mensual de Pedro podría mandar un e-mail a todos?????Me luce que debido a la comunicación que tenemos ahora sería muy hermoso podernos reunir.....déjame saber si se puede hacer algo al respecto..... Cariños, Otmara

Message by Otmara Capote | Jul 10th 2009

Efectivamente, llegamos a Matecumbe a la misma vez. Yo llegué en el segundo vuelo. Me puse de suerte y terminé en la cabaña de Alejandro, y tu? Otros terminaron en tiendas de campaña. Tenemos algo mas en común. Los dos somos de Las Villas; yo soy de Sancti-Spiritus. ¿Cual es tu relación con estos hermanos Maristas? Como tu dices, ellos estuvieron en Lincoln, Nebraska. Allí es donde yo fuí después de Matecumbe y ellos se ocuparon de nosotros por un tiempo. Saludos.

Message by Mariano P Barreiro | Jul 10th 2009

Gracias Angel de mi Guarda. Un beso, Otmara

Message by Otmara Capote | Jun 28th 2009

Querido Paquito: Gracias a ti que me explicaste....tengo dos mas que añadir pero las buscaré mañana....hay forma de cambiar o modificar la "Story"???? Please advice, Un beso, Otmara

Message by Otmara Capote | Jun 27th 2009

Hola Paco, lei tu mensaje y me dio mucha elegria d saber de ti. Me acuerdo de los dias en Opa locka y de Franklin cuando estuvimos juntos en los Maristas de Camaguey y en los campamentos de Miami. Saludos, Felipe

Message by Felipe F Corrales Sanchez | Jun 18th 2009

Hola Frank. Lei tu ultimo mensaje. Probablemente soy yo en la foto. Creo que estuvimos juntos en kindergarten en las Dominicas. Yo encontre una foto de solo los ninos y, si no me equivoco, tu eres el segundo de la izquierda en la primera linea. Tambien reconoci a Joaquin Alemany (el primero, y a el lado tuyo). Tambien reconoci a Roberto Trelles el ultimo en la linea de adelante. Rene Silva es el tercero, parado. Y creo que un nino de apellido Gallo (Leoncio? Leonardo?). Voy a subir esta foto en mi espacio en este web site para que la veas. Te la puedo enviar por email. Mi email es Enviame un mensame para recoger tu email y enviarte la foto. Saludos, Maria Monteagudo (Maria Conchita Medina)

Message by María C. Monteagudo | Jun 15th 2009

paquito, tu eres mi "Administrador". Puse algunas fotos, encontre mucho mas pero como nada mas se pueden poner ocho, busque las de mas grupos. Si tu tienes fotos que quieras compartir conmigo, puedes mandarmelas por e-mail. Ahora, otra pregunta, una de las fotos estamos frente a la guagua y solamente me acuerdo de Sarmiento, Jose Raul, tu, el Baby Ramos y yo a tu lado, pero los otros se me escapan de la memoria. Te acuerdas?

Message by Miguel M Miguel de la Puente | Jun 14th 2009

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