Defining defiance: Famous Artist’s work showcased at UTSA


Photo Courtesy of UTSA Art Department

Sofia Garcia

Curated by David S. Rubin, Salvador Dalí’s Stairway to Heaven is being displayed in UTSA’s main gallery. A welcoming aura surrounded Dalí’s exhibit despite the heavy topics, such as the dangers of obsession and evil, displayed on the walls. The artist is known for his affinity for surrealism, centering his life’s work around surpassing the principle of reality and subjecting viewers to a profoundly transcendent experience. From the beginning of Dalí’s life, he was not one to conform to societal norms, and the ostracization he faced was projected through his art. Although he gravitated toward a nonpartisan approach to his artwork, Dalí was very interested in Dadaism, the avant-garde, post-war art movement. His ability to provide meaningful juxtapositions in each of his pieces, like “The Divine Comedy,” perpetuated his influence on today’s artists.

Dalí’s exhibit is only one of many that have been displayed throughout the years, and it plays a major role in promoting the informational aspect of UTSA’s main art gallery. The exhibition serves as a testament to Dalí’s deviance and ability to extend his curations into a sociological paradigm. The art gallery offers an accessible platform for artwork by students and faculty members, ensuring that every exhibition is educational as well as inclusive. The UTSA art department values inclusivity and the consummation of precious artwork. Students can view the Dalí exhibit Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., until Nov. 15.