The Thomas Center Galleries announce the opening of the 82°W / Six Degrees of Separation exhibit, part of the citywide Bulla Cubana celebration. From Friday, Jan. 20 through Saturday, March 25, the Historic Thomas Center’s Main Gallery will feature the engaging art of eight of Havana’s young artists. Their art addresses themes that shape their lives: the geopolitical influences on their creative roots, issues of family and emigration from their native island, an avid commitment to aesthetics and artistic execution, history and heritage, and the quest to express their cultural perspective with the world.
The exhibition title reflects the duality of the relationship between Havana, Cuba and Gainesville, Florida. Both are located at the 82° W longitudinal line, 450 miles and six latitudinal degrees apart. But “six degrees of separation” refers to connection, not separation - 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 82°W / Six Degrees of Separation, Gainesville and Havana are connected across politics and distance through cultural dialogue and the intense desire for creative exchange. 82°W / Six Degrees of Separation is co-curated by Gabriela Azcuy and Anne E. Gilroy. Select images from the exhibition may be viewed online at https://flic.kr/s/aHskLNvuc2.
An opening reception for the exhibition is Friday, Jan. 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The opening is free and open to the public. Three of the artists, Osmeivy Ortega, Jorge Otero and Lisandra Ramírez, as well as the curator, Gabriela Azcuy, will be the guests of honor at the Thomas Center opening reception and will speak informally at 7 p.m.
Bulla Cubana is a celebration of arts and culture, promoting the exchange of ideas and inspiration between Cuba and the north central Florida region. Taking place at Gainesville’s cultural centers, Bulla Cubana showcases the extraordinary talent of fine artists, muralists, dancers, musicians, chefs, photographers and filmmakers for a three month, citywide celebration, held January through March 2017. For more information about this and other Bulla Cubana events, please visit www.bullacubana.org.
This event is made possible through the generous support of VisitGainesville and Milestone Advisory Partners.
The Thomas Center Galleries are located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. in Gainesville. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. For additional gallery information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at 352-393-8532 or visit www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. For additional information about this exhibit, please contact Anne E. Gilroy, Thomas Center Galleries guest curator, at 352-514-6732.