Caribbean: Crossroads of the World opens in June at 3 prominent Institutions in NYCSaturday, May 26th, 2012 Categories: ARC Partners, Updates
In an unprecedented collaboration organized by El Museo del Barrio with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, CARIBBEAN: Crossroads of the World, an ambitious and trailblazing exhibition, will highlight over two centuries of rarely-seen works from the Haitian Revolution (c. 1804) to the present. The show features more than 400 works including painting, sculpture, prints, books, photography, film, video and historic artifacts from various Caribbean nations, Europe and the United States. Transcendent in scope, CARIBBEAN: Crossroads examines the exchange of people, goods, ideas and information between the Caribbean basin, Europe and North America and explores the impact of these relationships on the Caribbean and how it is imagined. This citywide endeavor, supported by a major grant from MetLife Foundation, opens in the midst of Caribbean American Heritage Month, observed nationally during the month of June.
CARIBBEAN: Crossroads will be on view to the public at all three institutions. To encourage viewers to visit the entire exhibition, paid admission to any of the venues will include a ticket good for complimentary entry to the other two sites. El Museo del Barrio: June 12, 2012 to January 6, 2013 at the Queens Museum of Art: June 17, 2012 to January 6, 2013 and The Studio Museum in Harlem: June 14, 2012 to October 21, 2012
Drawing upon new research of the last decades conducted here and abroad, the project will advance understanding of the Caribbean as a crossroads for the modern world within the Western hemisphere. It will break new ground in areas of scholarship that have been neglected, such as the intense and complex dialogue between the Caribbean and the United States. Furthermore, it will address a series of themes inspired by geopolitical, ethnographic,
historical and cultural events that have influenced the way the Caribbean looks—and the way it is imagined. Several institutions, including the Americas Society, Bronx Museum and Nathan Cummings Foundation, among others, will mount related, concurrent exhibitions throughout the city.
Margarita Aguilar, Director of El Museo del Barrio, notes: “El Museo del Barrio is very proud to be leading groundbreaking research into the artistic heritage of a region that scholars have too often overlooked. With our visionary collaborators, we are expanding our understanding of the region. The rich history of the Caribbean and its global impact is astonishing, and we look forward to celebrating this with our communities through the arts.”
Among the many featured artists are Janine Antoni, John James Audubon, Jean Michel Basquiat, David Bade, Myrna Báez, Alvaro Barrios, José Bedia, Ernest Breleur, Agostino Brunias, José Campeche, Tony Capellán, Esteban Chartrand, Jaime Colson, Winifred Dania, Edouard DuvalCarrié, Sandra Eleta, Paul Gauguin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Enrique Grau, May Henriquez, Winslow Homer, Hector Hyppolite, Yubi Kirindongo, Wifredo Lam, Hugo Larson, Mark Latamie, Norman Lewis, Elvis Lopez, Edna Manley, Leo Matiz, Isaac Mendes Belisario, Ana Mendieta, Jesús “Bubu” Negrón, Ebony G. Patterson, Amelia Peláez, Marcel Pinas, Camille Pissarro, Ryan Oduber, Francisco Oller, Armando Reveron, Arnaldo Roche Rabell and Ernesto Salmerón.
“We’ve employed a polyphonic perspective to deal with a huge archipelago that it is as diverse and complex as New York City, which is, to many, the largest Caribbean city,” reflects Project Director Elvis Fuentes. “For the first time ever, this project will examine the impact of Africa, South Asia and Europe on the visual culture of the Caribbean, including painters that were part of the Impressionists and Surrealists in France, to homegrown schools recovering popular traditions and developing original styles…the public will realize how intertwined the Caribbean and American experiences truly are.” CARIBBEAN: Crossroads will explore six distinct themes split amongst the three venues.
EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO
Counterpoints reflects on Caribbean plantation systems and industries such as sugar, fruit, tobacco and coffee, which had tremendous aesthetic and social impact while proving to be a source of wealth and conflict. Patriot Acts studies the idea that artists and intellectuals in the Caribbean were instrumental in the creation of the identity, both visual and conceptual, of the young Caribbean nations, which often pitted traditional, academic aesthetics against the “authentic,” indigenous and African past of the region.
El Museo del Barrio, New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and critically acclaimed exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs. Voces y Visiones: Gran Caribe will be on view at El Museo del Barrio concurrently with CARIBBEAN: Crossroads, giving visitors a deeper understanding of the Caribbean presence i American culture. Gran Caribe features works drawn from El Museo del Barrio’s wideranging Permanent Collection, exploring the vast diversity and complexity of the Caribbean basin. elmuseo.org, 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029
THE QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART
Fluid Motions examines the complexities of the geographical and geopolitical realities of a region made up of islands and coastal areas, connected and separated by bodies of water. Kingdoms of this World considers the amazing variety of languages, cultures and religions that co-exist in the 3 Caribbean, and their role in the development of popular traditions such as syncretic religions, newly created language, and the carnival.
The Queens Museum of Art was established in 1972 to provide a vital cultural center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the borough’s unique, international population. Today it is home to the Panorama of the City of New York, a 9,335 square foot scale model of the five boroughs, and features temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art that reflect the cultural diversity of Queens, as well as a collection of Tiffany glass from the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. The Museum provides valuable educational outreach through a number of programs geared toward schoolchildren, teens, families, seniors and individuals with physical and mental disabilities. queensmuseum.org, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM
Shades of History explores the significance of race and its relevance to the history and culture of the Caribbean, beginning with the pivotal moment of the Haitian Revolution in 1804. Race is analyzed as a trigger for discussions on human rights, social status and beauty. Land of the Outlaw addresses the dual images of the Caribbean as a utopic place of pleasure and a land of deviance and illicit activity. Here artists debunk widespread myths and stereotypes, such as those of pirates, zombies and drug smugglers. “CARIBBEAN: Crossroads is a vital extension of the Studio Museum’s commitment to exhibiting a broad and diverse range of artistic practices,” declares Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem. “We are thrilled to partner with our peer institutions, El Museo and the Queens Museum, to present this exceptional opportunity to explore the art, culture and history of a region that has influenced and inspired artists of African descent for centuries.”
The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society. studiomuseum.org, 144 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027