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,

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Hola Betty, es Achy Cabrera, estaba haciendo un research de Pedro Pan y me encontre con la foto esta, donde veo a Boa e Ineldo, espero todos esten bien, simpre me acuredo de Michael y del mustang verde, ahora vivo en Philadelphia con mi familia, saludos y un abrazo

Message by Achy Cabrera | Mar 27th 2014

No soy de Tuinucu,naci y vivi en Sancti Spiritus hasta 1980 cuando me fui a Miami pero tengo primas en Tuinucu,si alguien las conoce y tienen su correo dejenme saber por favor,,,ellas y ellos son los hijos de Antonio Aquino y de Argelia Albeniz

Message by Angel | Mar 6th 2013

Beatriz says: PRIMERA REUNION DE TUINUCU, JUNIO 22 AL 24 EN MIAMI. Para mas informacion llamar a Betty 210-882-7878

Status update | Apr 14th 2012

Beatriz, Juanita Diaz Gonzalez is from the Central Tuinucu. She is on this Network.

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Aug 30th 2011

Beatriz says: Estoy trstando de localizar a los Pedr Pan que vinieron de Tuinucu, mi nombre es Betty Gonzalez-Penton

Status update | Aug 30th 2011

Hola Betty,les escribi a ti, Estercita y Mary. Hoy 5 de Mayo hace 48 años que mi hermano y yo salimos de Cuba y aun recuerdo a Tuinucu como si fuera ayer. Un abrazo. Juany

Message by Juanita Garcia | May 5th 2010

Hola Betty, me comunique con Juani y en abril 8 nos pensamos ver en una casa que Robert y yo alquilamos en Key Biscayne. Tu crees que puedas decirle a Tata si quiere venir? A Juani y a mi nos encantaria verlo. Ella me dijo que Tata vivia en la Florida.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Mar 31st 2010

Betty, que alegria el poder hablar de nuevo contigo! No sabia de este site y en cuanto me registre de quien primero vi un mensaje fue de ti! Yo me fui de Stella Niagara el 20 de Diciembre del '62; me vine para Miami a vivir con mis abuelos. Mis padres llegaron aqui en Febrero del '63. Alina Figueroa (creo que ese es el apellido de ella) salio tambien al poco tiempo para Miami y nos vimos una o dos veces despues, pero mas nunca he sabido de ella. Te recuerdo con mucho carino! Que sabes de Charito? Un abrazo.

Message by Layda C Baez Mechoso | Jan 5th 2010

Betty gracias por decirme de este site. Le hice una nota a Julio haber si se anima y se registra. Tengo que buscar algunas fotos de mi vicita a Tuinucu 2003. Vi las foto de Julio, Ineldo, Boa y tu. si me vez no me conoses yo estoy en 270 libras, 80 libras mas que la ultima vez que estubiste en New Orleans. Mi hijo Esteban Jr vive en Dallas con su esposa y tres ninos. Miriam y yo tenemos 7 nietos de los tres hilos barones, la nina Isabel Cristina no ttiene novio ella es directora de funeraria. Tenemos una gran mezcla, Esteban jr es ingeniero programador con Microsoft, Ricardo es enfermero en hospital y Andres es carpintero. Papi cumple 90 el 17 de diciembre y mami cumplio los 90 en marzo 7. Un gran abrazo

Message by Esteban Espinosa Martinez | Nov 24th 2009

Hi Betty! Despues de tantos anos!! Si, estuve en Stella Niagara Seminary y me acuerdo de ti. Eramos Tu, Charito, Alina, y yo.

Message by Layda C Baez Mechoso | Nov 16th 2009

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