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Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in the US. He works in collaboration with his husband, Tico Torres, and together they have photographed some of the...
ALEXIS RODRIGUEZ-DUARTE & TICO TORRES: TWO CUBANS AND A CAMERA
Iris Nights Lecture Series
Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte and his husband, Tico Torres, will discuss the “Cubanidad” (or “Cuban-ness”) that is reflected in their photos and how, as Cuban-Americans, they’ve never forgotten their Cuban roots.
Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte has photographed some of the world’s leading artists, celebrities, and public figures. His work has been exhibited in museums such as the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, El Museo Latino (Omaha, Nebraska), the Bass Museum (Miami Beach), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas), Museum of Art & Design (Miami), Museum of the City of New York, the Bronx Museum, Lowe Art Museum (University of Miami), Coral Gables Museum, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York) and the Victoria & Albert in London, and has been seen in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country among others. His work is in many private and public collections (see below). Alexis is based in New York City.
It is with great pride that we are able to announce that the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. has acquired a portfolio of 18 limited edition portraits from our Cuba Out of Cuba series for their permanent collection. Also included, is what the National Portrait Gallery has called the iconic photograph of Celia Cruz (“¡Yo soy de Cuba la voz - Guantanamera!”) from the cover of our book, Presenting Celia Cruz. We are both proud and honored to have been able to introduce these portraits of Cubans into the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery for the first time in the history of museum and to have our work in the permanent collection.
Below is the list from the Cuba Out of Cuba portfolio now at the National Portrait Gallery:
Israel "Cachao" Lopez
Carlos “Patato" Valdés
Luis Cruz Azaceta
Aside from the above mentioned portfolio, we have donated the following portraits:
“Las cinco Carolinas” (Carolina Herrera)
Los maestros, Israel “Cachao” Lopez with “Bebo" Valdés
“Mira qué linda me veo II” (Celia Cruz)
We began the Cuba Out of Cuba portrait series in 1994 while commissioned for a shoot for Art & Antiques Magazine featuring Cuban artists that had lived in the United States for many years as well as those that had recently arrived from Cuba. This series soon expanded to include musicians, writers, actors, fashion designers, etc. This project is very close to our hearts and is a documentation of the Cuba we knew and grew up in, which is the Cuba that is outside of Cuba.
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery was established by Congress as a non-profit, publicly funded entity, open without charge to the public to tell the multifaceted story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development and culture and of the artists who created these portraits. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays the lives that tell the American story.
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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
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 isat 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 singer Celia Cruz, musicians and composers Bebo Valdez & Israel Lopez "Cachao", singer Gloria Estefan, TV host Cristina Saralegui, actor Andy Garcia, artists Carmen Herrera & Cundo Bermudez, fashion designers Isabel Toledo & Narciso Rodriguez, Pulitzer Prize Winning author Nilo Cruz and saxophonist 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. Rodriguez–Duarte’s family settled in Miami’s Little Havana. At the age of 10, he was given his first camera by his grandfather, which led to his love affair with photography. 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, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Miami-Dade Public Library, la Biblioteca Nacional in Havana, Cuba, the Bronx Museum and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art among others.
Rodriguez-Duarte and his husband of 31 years, Tico Torres, have been documenting the Cuban diaspora since 1993 and are co-authors of the book, Presenting Celia Cruz (Clarkson Potter, 2004). 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 also arrived with his family aboard a Freedom Flight and they settled in Hialeah. 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.
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.
MOAD'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.
Cuba Out of Cuba,
Through the Lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte
in Collaboration with
WHEN: Until August 30, 2015
Museum Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
WHERE: MDC Museum of Art + Design Cultural Legacy Gallery
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.
For more information about the exhibition and MDC Museum of Art + Design, please contact the Museum at 305-237-7722 email@example.com.
The crazy rich characters of China Rich Girlfriend sure know how to spend their filthy lucre. Astrid Leong has a pair of Wartski emerald earrings the size of walnuts. Kitty Pong has diamond leashes for her Borzois. Carlton Bao has an apartment with a car elevator for his McLaren F1. If you had all the money in the world, what would you buy? In this exclusive online exhibition, Kevin Kwan has worked with some of the world's top designers, resorts, and artisans to curate a collection of objects and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that the characters in his celebrated novels might covet. A black pearl spa treatment? A submarine of one's own? A custom-made alligator skin shoe? Why not? Whether you're a crazy-rich Asian, a China-rich girlfriend, or just really deserving of the best life has to offer, you may find yourself tempted by the Crazy Rich Collection...
When the Vanderbilt family—once the wealthiest clan in the world—held their family reunion at The Breakers, their legendary Newport mansion, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte was chosen to document the occasion. When acclaimed artist Rachel Feinstein needed to create fantastical images of goddesses wearing the latest couture for Harper’s Bazaar, she called on Alexis. It’s no wonder Kitty Pong, the ex-soap opera star/social-climbing schemer who swapped a millionaire’s son for a billionaire’s faster than she changed her bust size (see China Rich Girlfriend), would covet a private session with the celebrated Cuban-born photographer, whose work hangs in the Smithsonian and the Victoria & Albert museum and has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Vogue Paris, Town & Country, Esquire, and too many others to mention.
Imagine being able to commission a portrait from the same photographer who has created iconic images of Madonna, Jeff Koons, Andy Garcia, Gianni Versace, and Gloria Estefan. In this exclusive arrangement with the Crazy Rich Collection, Alexis, working with celebrated fashion stylist and longtime collaborator Tico Torres, will create a one-of-a-kind photographic masterpiece just for you. They will first jet out to any location on the planet to meet with you, and after an initial consultation, they will assemble a fabulous team of acclaimed hairdressers, makeup artists, and set designers to create your ultimate fantasy photo shoot. Perhaps you’d like to experience a fashion shoot worthy of the pages of Vogue, be transformed into Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, or have your entire family pose for a grand formal portrait. Your fantasy will be transformed into a visual reality.
After the photo session, Alexis and Tico will customize a presentation that best complements your lifestyle and decor—whether it is creating mural-sized photographs printed on 24-carat gold foil, special archival prints bound in a custom-designed handmade album, or a set of opulently framed portraits suitable for hanging in Buckingham Palace. And you will take your place in photographic history, having been immortalized by Rodriguez-Duarte’s lens. After all, if it’s good enough for the Vanderbilts, it should be good enough for you.