Dual-Venue Art Exhibition: Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment 1971-2021

Dual-Venue Art Exhibition: Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment 1971-2021

Shipwreck,1991,Acrylic on canvas, Triptych, Oil on linen; Left: 84 x 43 inches, Center: 84 x 50 inches, Right: 84 x 36 inches, Courtesy of the artist.

Shipwreck,1991,Acrylic on canvas, Triptych, Oil on linen; Left: 84 x 43 inches, Center: 84 x 50 inches, Right: 84 x 36 inches, Courtesy of the artist.

The Fairfield University Art Museum and the Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph announce a two-venue survey exhibition featuring artwork by Gladys Triana, on view from Sept. 23 to Dec. 17, 2022.

Gladys Triana is a Cuban-born, New York-based, multi-disciplinary artist whose work rebels against authoritarian rule and the oppression of hegemonies. For decades her immersive installations, sculptures, drawings, and paintings reflected two axes around which her life turned and her art was nourished: her condition of having lived since 1969 in exile from her native island, and her stubborn, continuous exploration of the ontology of women. Her more recent videos and photographs reveal her discovery of an abstract language for transcendence. This exhibition in two venues, running simultaneously at the Fairfield University Art Museum in Fairfield, Conn., and at the Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn., includes works from the 1970s to the present. The artwork at Fairfield will focus on her early years in New York, and her sense of exile and feelings of isolation. Both venues of the exhibition are supported in part by Benjamin Ortiz and Victor Torchia Jr.

Fairfield University Art Museum executive director Carey Weber said, “we are thrilled to be collaborating with the Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph – having two venues for this exhibition is allowing us to present close to 100 works created by Triana between 1971 and 2021. This is an amazing opportunity to place Triana’s artworks in dialogue with one another, and to offer overdue critical attention to her artistic practice in all of the many media in which she has worked in the course of her long and distinguished career.”

Ann H. Sievers, director of the Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph added, “We hope that the current exhibition, shared between academic museums – each with its own regional audience – will demonstrate the value in expanding the examination of an important artist’s work through two thematically organized venues. The West Hartford venue traces the artist’s transition from a focus on the ontology of women to abstract works of spiritual transcendence.”

This exhibition will open with a reception at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn., on Sept. 23, and with a lecture by curator Adriana Herrera at Fairfield University followed by a reception with live music by the Cocomama Trio on Sept. 24.

At Fairfield, the exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Walsh Gallery, located in the Quick Center for the Arts. It will also be accessible online through the museum’s website as a video tour. In conjunction with the exhibition, and with the assistance of faculty liaison Silvia Marsans-Sakly (Associate Professor of the Practice, Islamic World), the Fairfield University Art Museum has organized a full roster of free public programs which will be presented both in person and streaming online via thequicklive.com.

The fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, website, and educational materials are all presented in English and Spanish.

 

Related programming:

All programs listed below are live, in-person programs, and are free and open to all.

Register for Fairfield University Art Museum programs at: fuam.eventbrite.com

Register for Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph programs at: ArtMuseumUSJ.eventbrite.com

Friday, September 23, 5-7:30 p.m.

Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph Opening Reception: Gladys Triana: From the Female to the Infinite

Art Museum, Bruyette Athenaeum, University of Saint Joseph


Saturday, September 24,
5 p.m.

Fairfield University Art Museum Opening Night Lecture: Gladys Triana: Beyond Exile

Adriana Herrera, PhD, curator of the exhibition

Fairfield University, Dolan Event Space and streaming on thequicklive.com

6-8 p.m.

Fairfield University Art Museum Opening Reception: Gladys Triana: Beyond Exile

With Cuban-inspired Latin jazz by Cocomama Trio, featuring Mayra Casales (percussion), Nicki Denner (piano)and Jorge Bringas (bass).
Fairfield University, Quick Center for the Arts Lobby and Fairfield University Art Museum, Walsh Gallery

Monday, October 3, 5 p.m.

Poetry Reading: Maya Islas

Fairfield University, Dolan Event Space

This event will be recorded, but will not be livestreamed.

Wednesday, October 26, 7 p.m.

Spanish-language Film: Pain and Glory (2019)

Hoffman Auditorium, Bruyette Athenaeum, University of Saint Joseph

Tuesday, November 1, 5 p.m.

Lecture: Conceived in Revolution: Cuba's Long Freedom Struggle

Silvia Marsans-Sakly, PhD, Associate Professor of the Practice, Islamic World, and

faculty liaison for the exhibition Gladys Triana: Beyond Exile

Fairfield University, Dolan Event Space (south side) and streaming on thequicklive.com


Saturday, November 12, 12:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. (2 sessions)

Family Day: Beyond Collage

Fairfield University, Quick Center for the Arts Lobby and Fairfield University Art Museum, Walsh Gallery


11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Family Day: Light and Shadow

Art Museum, Bruyette Athenaeum, University of Saint Joseph

Learn more about the Fairfield University Art Museum at fairfield.edu/museum.

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