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,

Julio E Jimenez Velasco

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Current Name
Julio E Jimenez Velasco
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Julio E Jimenez Velasco
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Sunday, November 5, 1961
Relocated To
Lincoln Hotel, Miami
Stayed With
Panchita Batallan

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My two brothers, ages 13 and 10, came on November 3, 1961, and my sister and I, ages 9 and 8, came two days later on November 5, 1961. I remember that everybody sang the Cuban National Anthem when we ...

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Judge Jimenez: You will remembered in our great family of Pedro Pans. May you rest in the peace and love of our Lord and suffer no more.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jan 17th 2012

Julio Jimenez, Miami-Dade circuit judge, dies at age 58 By DAVID OVALLE The Miami Herald In a wheelchair with his body ravaged by illness, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Julio Jimenez completed his most important legal duty Friday. He whispered the first few lines of the Florida attorney’s oath and swore in his son as a new lawyer. Three days later, after a seven-month struggle with liver cancer, Jimenez died. He was 58, and a loyal follower of the legal profession. “I believe he was waiting to be able to swear in his son before he died,” said his best friend, Carl Kafka, his former law partner. “He was holding on to that.” Said son Carlos Jimenez, 29, a new associate attorney at Silva & Silva in Miami, where his father swore him in: “His job as a father was complete there. He loved this profession and he still considers it an honorable profession. I know he’s very proud that I followed in his footsteps.” A longtime defense lawyer, Julio Jimenez was appointed to the circuit bench in 2003, starting out in the juvenile division before heading to the criminal division — where he spent most of his tenure presiding over defendants charged with felonies. He transferred to the court’s family division in January 2011. In July, he was diagnosed with cancer. Colleagues recalled Jimenez as an extremely active judge — he loved presiding over trials — who was tough in sentencing convicted violent felons but fair and knowledgeable of the law. “He was a smart man. He had common sense, which is something that is not common today,” said Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Cueto. “He was decisive. He was what I wanted to be when I became a judge.” Said 11th Circuit Chief Judge Joel Brown: “Judge Jimenez was one of our most well-respected judges. He had a reputation for hard work, fairness and integrity, and he will be missed by his colleagues and the public that he served.” Jimenez was born in Matanzas, Cuba, in March 1953. Eight years later, he and his sister came to Florida as part of the Pedro Pan program that ferried youngsters out of the Communist island. His parents and two brothers later joined him in the United States, where they moved to Chicago. Jimenez grew up there, attending the University of Illinois and earning his law degree from DePaul University. He came to Miami in 1980, where he served as a private defense attorney and met his wife, Lili Jimenez, who worked at the court house as a Spanish-language interpreter. As a defense lawyer, Jimenez partnered with courtroom legend Sy Gaer for two years. Later, he partnered with Kafka in private practice. On the bench, Jimenez was not afraid to make tough decisions. In December 2004, Jimenez threw out a vehicular homicide charge against a former Miami-Dade police officer accused of running down a pedestrian while responding to a call. Two years later, he sternly ordered the Department of Children & Families to treat a mentally ill inmate who had been denied bed space at a state hospital — the man later gouged out his own eyes. “I’m not telling you how to do your job,” Jimenez told a DCF lawyer. “I’m telling you to do your job.” At sentencings, Jimenez did not hesitate to mete out stiff prison terms, especially for violent offenders. He sentenced North Dade rapist Sedrick Williams to six consecutive life terms after convictions in 2007. Two years later, he sentenced a man to life in prison for slashing Miami officer Andres Dominguez from ear to chin, shooting at other cops and wrecking a patrol car. Anything less “would be like me getting up and going over to Officer Dominguez and re-attacking him and slapping him in the face, “ Jimenez said at sentencing. But Jimenez was also practical, pushing for plea deals in cases that he thought should be resolved before trial. “He was able to differentiate in every serious case between the very bad defendant who needed to be punished and the young offender who made a mistake and had a future,” Kafka said. ‘And he hated violent offenders, even when he was a defense lawyer.” Judge Jimenez is survived by his wife, Lili, and his children Carlos, Katia, and Lisa, as well as his brother, Fernando Jimenez, and sister, Sarah Ringler. A service will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Maspons Funeral Home, 3500 SW 8th St. A memorial Mass will take place Wednesday at Church of the Little Flower, in Coral Gables.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jan 17th 2012

Hello Mr. Jimenez, this is Glenn Haave, Carlos's friend who worked at Merril Stevens Ship Yard. Coincidentally, I happen to type your name, for I am writing an extra credit report for school on the Operation Pedro Pan. I can not imagine what you went through. I was always impressed by your demeanor. I can assume that it came with a character building journey. Furthermore, I feel honored to have met you. Best wishes to your family

Message by Glenn Haave | Sep 23rd 2010

Dear Judge Jimenez what a pleasant surprise Iam so glad to know that you are now a Federal Circuit Judge.

Message by Henry/Enrique Rodriguez (EL MUSICO) | May 27th 2009

Dear Judge: Only the best and the brighter came on those Operation Pedro Pan flights. You are a living proof that my theory is correct.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | May 19th 2009

Glad to see such a great operation. Judge Jimenez and his family have been a fantastic addition to our community.

Message by Carl Kafka | May 19th 2009

Your arrival age was the same age as Colvin's right now. I cannot imagine him going thru something like that.

Message by marcia | May 18th 2009

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