MAR 14 thru SEP 22

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Cuban Legacy Gallery at the historic Freedom Tower will present Glexis Novoa: The Cankama Sutta, a site-specific exhibition by the well- known Cuban American Miami artist that traces an autobiographical and spiritual journey. Glexis Novoa: The Cankama Sutta, will be on view from March 14 to Sep. 22. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 6 – 9 p.m.

The exhibition includes a graphite drawing rendered directly on the gallery’s walls that pictures a mysterious landscape stretched along a seemingly endless horizon. We follow a faint line clockwise at eye level around the gallery, marveling at otherworldly, not quite recognizable structures and the sensation of looking out the window of a space capsule that has landed in an unknown ocean, bordered by an alien shore.

The strange landscape forms a travelogue or narrative that incorporates symbols of Novoa’s personal experiences as an immigrant, his life in Miami, and his travels around the world. The drawing occupies the border between ephemeral art installation and architectural mural, and it makes reference to the location where the artist will create the work, the Freedom Tower itself. The building has had a major impact on the artist and its history as a refugee center holds an important place in his heart and life, and those of many Cuban immigrants. In the exhibition, Novoa’s wall drawing engages in dialogue with a set of sculptures he produced in Havana during 2015, which represent other aspects of his voyage and moments of history that have recently transformed Cuban society.

For Novoa, the condition of the immigrant relates to the Cankama Sutta, a Buddhist rule or discourse about walking meditation. This usually takes the form of walking back and forth along a prescribed path while focusing on trivial aspects of daily life, such as eating or health. Above all, the practitioner remains aware of the process of walking, an action analogous to the artist’s nomadic life. According to Novoa, “a focus on the act of displacement in a balance with the ephemeral” resonates deep within him, suggesting his moving and personal approach to the representation of his biographical and spiritual quest.

Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 1 – 6 p.m., Thursday 1 – 8 p.m.

Special Collection Galleries admission (includes admission to MDC’s Museum of Art and Design): Tickets and more information at (305) 237-7710 for details.

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