“Quando un'anima nasce in questo paese le vengono gettate delle reti per impedire che fugga. Tu mi parli di religione, lingua e nazionalità: io cercherò di fuggire da quelle reti. “
“When the soul is born… it has a slow and dark birth, more mysterious than the birth of the body. When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.”
James Joyce’s words in “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” inspired the title of this exhibit for they encapsulate the character of Tom DiSalvo. The works in “Al di là delle reti / Beyond the nets” are a small representation of over 310 canvases painted throughout the artist’s career. Many of them measure 7X9 feet, a characteristic to keep in mind while appreciating the details in this virtual format. Several works interlace images and text and beg to be read aloud. Indulge them; and indulge yourself revisiting them for a unique encounter each time.
Pre-Covid I looked forward to regularly engaging with the canvases displayed on my campus. They invariably triggered self-reflection. I am honored to share those and others, along with oral histories, commentaries, and personal artifacts that celebrate the passion and talent of Tom DiSalvo. I hope that your own journey through these works leads you on an alluring and unremitting path.
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About Broward College Office of Cultural Affairs and Student Engagement (CASE)

The Office of Cultural Affairs and Student Engagement (CASE) provides learning outcome-based programming with the intention of extending learning beyond and classroom and across disciplines. Using the arts and culture as our primary vehicle, we deliberately engage our students, faculty, and community to innovative, socially relevant, and intellectually challenging concepts so as to facilitate learning.

CASE is part of the Arts, Humanities, Communication, and Design Pathway Community. The exhibits posted here are curated and created in conjunction with the AHCD Pathway and the Visual and Performing Arts department.

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  • Italian
  • art
  • mixed media
  • Sicily
  • James Joyce
  • stencil
  • outline
  • Tom DiSalvo
  • Italian American