Roundtable: ARC Magazine to present Curtailing Anxieties I: Boundaries of defining Art in the CaribbeanMonday, February 18th, 2013 Categories: Features, Roundtable, Updates
In collaboration through our exclusive media partnership with VOLTA NY, ARC Magazine will present “Curtailing Anxieties I: Boundaries of defining art in the Caribbean,” a roundtable discussion exploring topical concerns around the recent global upsurge that has encapsulated contemporary Caribbean art.
The discussion will take place on March 8th from 6 p.m. at 82 Mercer Street, in the Talks Lounge at VOLTA NY’s new location, and will be co-moderated by Holly Bynoe, co-founder and editor of ARC Magazine and Charles Campbell, interdisciplinary artist and writer. Panelists include Heino Schmid, featured artist representing Popopstudios, The Bahamas; Lisa Howie, director of the Bermuda National Gallery; Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Ph.D., director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore; and Christopher Cozier, artist, writer and co-director of Alice Yard, Trinidad.
Over the last 7 years, there has been a significant increase in major exhibitions of Caribbean art, notably “Infinite Island,” “Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions”, “Global Caribbean” and the recently concluded “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World.” With this resurgence there are new opportunities and demands on Caribbean artists and institutions. As Caribbean art enters the global marketplace, its definition – along with notions of equity, independence and the tension between internal and external agendas – has come to the fore. Countering this is a new movement of groundbreaking young and mobile artists and cultural activists intent on upsetting the defined boundaries of the region and striking their own autonomous path.
The dialogue elicited will explore the relationship between the Caribbean and its diasporas, internal and external institutions and local and international markets. What roles are cultural institutions in the Caribbean and across its diasporas playing in shaping how we understand Caribbean art? How can suitable terms be developed to determine how artists enter sustainable relationships with art institutions? How are local artist led initiatives like Popopstudios, Fresh Milk Art Platform, Alice Yard and NLS working to retain a sense of artistic autonomy in the face of homogenizing cultural forces?
The evening will conclude with an informal Meet & Greet at ARC’s booth #2.52 where we will have a reception with festive refreshments. The entire suite of ARC Magazine (I-VI) will be on display in conjunction with an exhibition of selected works from Joscelyn Gardner and Elizabeth Colomba. ARC will also unveil a new merchandise line of buttons, T-shirts and artists’ postcards.