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,

Ofelia M Colunga Machado

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I arrived Nov. 8, 1961 at the age of 10 with my middle brother, my older brother would not get out until the next day. We were taken to the camp in Kendall. We were moved to the Florida City Camp,I be...

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Hi Ophelia, I think we played basketball on the coral gables high basketball team with Mrs Darwick as coach in 1966 to 1968. i lived off of US one and 16th Ave. and you left off of US one and 17th Ave. you had reddish brown hair and we obviously pay basketball together.

Message by Tina Pitcairn | Jul 1st 2014

09/20/09 Fué un gusto conocerte anoche en la fiesta de nuestra querida Cachita. Y para mi fué una gran emoción verla después de 47 años y sobretodo "las niñas" (parece mentira como se va el tiempo). Un abrazo, Otmara Capote

Message by Otmara Capote Gonzalez | Sep 20th 2009

Hi Ofelia I did not know you were a Peter Pan. My husband is a Peter Pan as well. Rebeca/TARAFA'S EX. My second husband is Marcial Pena. It is a small world. Is your brother the one with a house in Kawama, key largo

Message by Marcial R Pena Alea | Aug 1st 2009

Hi Ofelia, Yo fui al Shenandoah y a Coral Gables Senior, graduandome en el 1967. Ya veo porque tu me parecias conocida en el picnic del 2009. En la foto que tienes aqui en Florida City, la muchacha alta a la derecha, esa creo que es Maggie Prieto; la conoces? Estuvo en el Shenandoah conmigo. Yo llegue 5/14/62, casa de Aguirregaviria, la ultima casa beige en el campamento.

Message by Beatriz Amézaga-Wolf | Jun 4th 2009

Hola Ofelia, te he visto en Facebook y pense que eras parienta de Gregorio Colunga qpd. El era mi tio politico. Su esposa es hermana de mi Papa qpd. Hable con ella ayer y me dijo que Gregorio y tu eran primos. Saludos, Mary

Message by Maria Petronila Hernandez Mills | Jun 2nd 2009

Ofelia: The people you may know section is not the same as requests. Those are people we think you might know based on who you're already connected to. You can click the little "X" next to the name if you don't know the person, and they will disappear off the list.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | May 29th 2009

Eddy Lopez where are you? I just saw your message!! Wow, so many memories from UF, horseback riding and all.

Message by Ofelia M Colunga Machado | May 29th 2009

Hey Ofelia, I also arrived in Dec 1961 and stayed in Fla City about a month, however, I don't know which house I was staying in. I also attended Shenandoah Jr High and Coral Gables High School I was suppose to graduate in 1968 but got married a year earlier and later finished at Lindsey Hopkins. If you have any of your yearbooks from 66' & 67' I'm in there as Marta Martinez, maybe I will look you up today.

Message by Martha Ginory | May 19th 2009

Hi Ofe, You look great!

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | May 19th 2009

Hi Ofelita, is Eddy Lopez frm UF, I have not seen you in a while, how is Panchito? it was nice seeing you in the site.

Message by Eddy Lopez | May 18th 2009

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