El Museo del Barrio announces CARIBBEAN. CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD exhibition

The El Museo del Barrio New York announces a collaboration 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. 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.

Arnaldo Roche Rabell, We Have to Dream in Blue, 1986. Collection of John Belk & Margarita Serapion Courtesy Walter Otero Gallery

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.

This exhibition will offer a compelling and dramatic exploration of the Caribbean and its Diaspora from the Haitian Revolution to the present. Using a variety of objects from the collections of distinguished international institutions and archives, the exhibition will explore the transformation experienced by the region from the late eighteenth century on. 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.

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, Winfred Dania, Edouard Duval- Carrié, Sandra Eleta, Paul Gauguin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Enrique Grau, May Henriquez, Winslow Homer, Hector Hyppolite, Yubi Kirindongo, Wifredo Lam, Hugo Larsen, 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 Reverón, Arnaldo Roche Rabell and Ernesto Salmerón.

Exhibition on view:
El Museo del Barrio: June 12, 2012 to January 6, 2013
Queens Museum of Art: June 17, 2012 to January 6, 2013
The Studio Museum in Harlem: June 14, 2012 to October 21, 2012

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 in American culture. Gran Caribe features works drawn from El Museo del Barrio’s wide-ranging 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 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 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

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