Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment 1971-2021

September 23 to December 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 Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph, and at the Fairfield University Art Museum, includes works from the 1970s to the present.

From the Female to the Infinite, the Art Museum, USJ part of the exhibition, features works in diverse media which trace the Cuban-born artist’s transition from a focus on the ontology of women to abstract works of spiritual transcendence. At Fairfield University Art Museum, Beyond Exile focuses on her early years in New York, and her sense of exile and feelings of isolation. 

Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective (Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos), a non-profit organization created to promote a wide range of dialogues among artistic practices through a continuous and open invitation for artists to engage in its projects.

Both venues of the exhibition are supported in part by Benjamin Ortiz and Victor Torchia, Jr. At the Art Museum, USJ, partial support is provided by the Karen L. Chase ’97 Fund.

A fully illustrated, bi-lingual, exhibition catalogue will be available for sale at both venues.

Image at top of page: Gladys Triana (b. 1937) Figure as Landscape (detail), 1990. Acrylic on linen, 52 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Gladys Triana.

Programing related to Gladys Triana: A Path to Enlightenment:

Friday, September 23
5-7:30 p.m.
Exhibition Opening Reception: Gladys Triana: From the Female to the Infinite

Friday, October 7
7-9 p.m.
Noche Cubana – a celebration of Cuban culture through music and dance

Wednesday, October 26
7 p.m.
Spanish-language Film: Pain and Glory (2019)

Saturday, November 12
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Family Day: Light and Shadow

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