82°W / Six Degrees of Separation: The Work of Contemporary Cuban Artists

Date: January 20 – March 18, Opening Reception: January 20

Time: Gallery hours listed below, Opening Reception: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Venue: Thomas Center Galleries, Thomas Center – 302 NE 6th Avenue

Featuring the work of 8 contemporary Cuban artists:

Adriana Arrante, Adrián Fernández, Osmeivy Ortega, Jorge Otero, Mabel Poblet, Lisandro Ramírez, Adislen Reyes and Gustavo del Valle

 

The engaging art of eight of Havana’s young artists addresses themes that shape their lives: the geo-political influences on their creative roots, issues of family and emigration from their native island, interest in ancient history as well as contemporary, an avid commitment to aesthetics and artistic execution, history and heritage – and the quest to express their cultural perspective with the world.

 

Both Havana, Cuba, and Gainesville, Florida are located at the 82º W longitudinal line, 450 miles and six latitudinal degrees apart. The “six degrees of separation” meme refers to connection – suggesting that everyone in the world can be connected by a chain of no more than six links to every other person. In the exhibitions and supporting events of 82ºW / Six Degrees of Separation, Gainesville and Havana are connected across politics and distance through cultural dialogue and the intense desire for creative exchange.

Gainesville Florida: 29.65 N and 82.32 W

Havana Cuba: 23.11 N and 82.36 W

 

Co-curated by Gabrela García Azcuy and Anne E. Gilroy

 

Exhibit is free and open to the public. Visit during Thomas Center Gallery Hours, Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm and Saturday, 1 – 4 pm. Closed Sundays and Holidays.

This exhibit is sponsored by the City of Gainesville, Culture Affairs Division.