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,

Beatriz González Penton

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Betty Gonzalez Penton
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United States of America
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Beatriz González Penton
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Sunday, July 8, 1962
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CWB Florida City
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Estaba mirando la pagina de Peter Pan que mi hermana me mando de Ct. y vi el nombre de Juanita (creo que es pariente de Isabelita Diaz la conserge de la escuela en tuinucu) Tuinucu, Vi el nombre de Betty Penton. Betty te acuerdas cuando jugabamos tenis con Allan Bacon y las Arguelles. El email mio es: 561-315-7325 cel A todos los espirituanos y tuiniquences me pueden llamar yo vivo en Palm Beach pero voy a Miami muy amenudo. No termine de leer la pagina ahora voy a regresar a ver si veo algun email de alguien que conosco. Como esta tu tio Ike y Boa. Carños a todos Evisi

Message by Evis Lois | Oct 16th 2009

Betty, no se porque no recibes nada de mi. Yo te mando cosas a menudo por tu email. Mandame un email y dejame devolvertelo a ver si lo recibes. Esto esta confuso! Pero si vi que Juanita te mando algo acerca de la direccion de los Espirituanos. De todas formas lo que yo tengo es que es Santile...nosotros los Espirituanos. Esto es en la Republica Dominicana y ellos tienen alguien aqui (US) pero no creo que esto es lo mismo que la Asociacion de los Espirituanos en Miami. No dejes de mandarme un email para probar lo que te dije. Carinos, Mary

Message by Maria Petronila Hernandez Mills | Aug 22nd 2009

Hola Betty, no te recuerdo de Beaverville, pero yo también tengo muy buenas memorias de esos años, Te diré que siempre me mantuve en contacto con Cristina pero hace tres o cuatro años no se de ella. En estos últimos anos no he sabido nada de la gente de Beaverville pero hace como 10 anos nos reunimos en la casa de María Elena Pinillos con Sister Mary of the Cross, estuvo Cuqui, Carmen, Georgina, María Wilson., pasamos dos días de lo mas agradables. Betty Vila

Message by Betty Vila-Llera Quiroga | Aug 20th 2009

Hola, haci es la cosa. Bueno ya veremos si podre ir. Se lo dire a mis hermanos. Luisy

Message by Luisa M Martinez Arguelles Gonzalez | Aug 10th 2009

August 8 Hola Betty, no hace tiempo que no hablo con Alicita. La vamos a llamar la semana que entra. Yo tambien le escribi un cuantas veces y no se que ha pasado con esa persona que nos dio para escribir. Ha cerca de la reunion, no se ahora. Si ya paso, lo siento. Tuve unas cuantas sirugias pequenas y si fue este Julio pasado, espero lo hayan pasado bien. Si es el proximo ano, dime la fecha mas definitiva. Como esta la familia? Carinos Luisy.

Message by Luisa M Martinez Arguelles Gonzalez | Aug 9th 2009

Hola Betty, gracias por tu mensaje que no habia contestado ya que he estado fuera del pais por varias semanas.Yo soy de Sancti Spiritus, mis padres tenian una finca en la carretera de Tuinicu a S. Spiritus, justo al lado de las de Mendigutia, hoy zona militar.Ya que estan organizando la reunion de los de Tuinicu, quiera Dios la hagamos en la finca algun dia y asi nos queda a medio camino para todos. Al menos no perdemos las esperanzas....Saludos a tu hermano,seguro nos conocimos en La Salle. Te envio un saludo afectuoso. Jorge Viera

Message by Jorge Viera Luis | Aug 6th 2009

Hola Betty Que alegria me dio ver fotos de Uds.No se de reunion Uds estan hablando con Maria Petronila, pero a mi no me dejen fuera,cuenten conmigo,un grupo de Pedro Panes nos reunimos informalmente todos los años el primer fin de semana de Nov,le voy a enviar la informacion a toda los Pedro Panes de Tuinucu a ver si se embullan y vienen. Ahora que nos volvimos a encontrar tenemos que mantenernos en contacto. Un abrazo Juany

Message by Juanita Garcia | Jul 14th 2009

Betty, como estas? estuve de vacaciones en la playa en Destin con mi esposa e hijas y la pasamos de maravilla. Al regresar hemos tenido mucho trabajo de lo cual no me quejo. Ojala yo viviera en miami para poder organizar una reunion de todos nosotros, algun dia creo lo lograremos. No si sabes que mi hija Lauren vive en Dallas, alli estudio en SMU y se quedo con muy buen trabajo, Jaclyn la mayor esta aqui con nosotros pero en Enero se regresa a Texas, va para Austin a abrir un negocio con una amiga de la infancia que la madre tambien es Cubana. Te he llamado varias veces al telefono que tengo tuyo pero siempre me contesta la grabadora, a lo mejor tengo el numero equivocado, si te es posible y crees que es safe enviarlo por esta via, si no me puedes llamar a mi celular 504 583 6758. Hable con Tata hace como un ano y me conto lo del accidente. Como estas tu y tu familia?Bueno muchos carinos para todos. Billy

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Jul 13th 2009

Oye Betty, no es por nada pero Billy no a dicho ni pio de la idea tuya para la reunion de los Tuinucuenses, piensas que tiene "cold feet"? Mira a ver si le das un empujoncito a ver que dice. Te fijas que te mando a ti hacerlo, verdad? Pero bueno la idea fue tuya, amiga! ja ja ja ja Muchos carinos - Mary

Message by Maria Petronila Hernandez Mills | Jul 9th 2009

On the site: El sitio para los Espirituanos, Groylan Pereira disenador del sitio, pregunta: Que es Cuba? Respondi: Cuba es mi patria, mi casa, mis muñecas, mi amaca, mi familia, mi playa, mi escuela, mis amiguitas, mi naturaleza, mi niñez abandonada, mi presente anhelado, y mi futuro perdido.-Mary

Message by Maria Petronila Hernandez Mills | Jul 5th 2009

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