Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, opens at PAMM April 18, with over two centuries of rarely seen works dating from after the Haitian Revolution to the present. The exhibition is the culmination of nearly a decade of collaborative research and scholarship organized by El Museo del Barrio in conjunction with the Queens Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem. The Miami presentation, curated for PAMM by guest curator Elvis Fuentes is a honed reiteration of this critically-acclaimed survey and offers a vital reflection of Miami’s Caribbean community. The exhibition is the centerpiece of a season at PAMM dedicated to Caribbean art, which includes related exhibitions, a two-day symposium, a Caribbean film and video series, major new performances and other related programs and events.
With over 180 objects including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, installations and videos, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World features images of, from and about the region. This exhibition employs a transhistorical approach to explore the many nations and cultures that comprise a broad conception of the Caribbean and focuses on four central themes: Fluid Motions, Counterpoints, Shades of History and Kingdoms of this World. These interconnected frameworks provide common ground and allow insight into the complex context from which the vital and varied artistic production of the region has emerged, illuminating multiple histories. Artists who have lived and worked in the Caribbean, as well as artists living abroad who responded to the rich visual tradition and history of the area are shown side-by-side. This exhibition mixes historical work by artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Victor Patricio Landaluze, Camille Pissarro, Wifredo Lam, Rigaud Benoit, Amelia Pélaez and Armando Reverón, with works by contemporary artists, including Allora and Calzadilla, Janine Antoni, Renée Cox, Glexis Novoa, and Ebony G. Patterson, among many others.
“This exhibition will greatly surprise people, as it repositions artists within new art historical contexts,” said Tobias Ostrander, PAMM Chief Curator. “For instance, Camille Pissarro, who is considered among the most important French painters, was born in St. Thomas, which was then part of the Danish West Indies. The island features in his work and his biography alludes to the larger and complex colonial relationship between the Caribbean and Europe.”
Caribbean: Crossroads of the World is part of a season at PAMM focusing on Caribbean art, and celebrating Miami’s position as an important Caribbean city. This includes Edouard Duval-Carrié: Imagined Landscapes, a solo exhibition of large-scale works by the Haitian-born artist, and the opening of a project gallery featuring a recently-acquired, large- scale work by Simon Starling, (Inverted Retrograde Theme, USA (House for a Songbird)) (2002) that traces the paradoxes of modernist architecture in the Caribbean. Also on view and part of the museum’s collection is a large-scale installation by artist Hew Locke, a British artist of Guyanese descent, For Those in Peril on the Sea (2011), which hangs in the museum’s front entrance.
Caribbean: Crossroads of the World was originally organized by El Museo del Barrio in conjunction with the Queens Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem, and presented at the three institutions in 2012. This iteration of the exhibition was organized by guest curator Elvis Fuentes for Pérez Art Museum Miami. It was coordinated by Associate Curator Diana Nawi with Curatorial Assistant María Elena Ortiz.
Thursday, April 24, 6-10pm: Opening Celebration for Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, TRANCE-FORMATIONS: Doucement……l’Eau por L’ORI 7–8pm: Performance by Akuzuru: Ak-t 1 Body Aphorisms. The Trinidadian artist’s first live performance in the U.S. will debut an interdisciplinary work in two ak-ts over two days evoking themes of fertility and interconnectivity. This complex work will involve several choreographed elements, including movement and sound, outside and within the museum. Waterfront bar on the terrace with music by DJ Majestic.
Friday, April 25, 4:30-5:30pm: Performance by Akuzuru TRANCE-FORMATIONS: Doucement……l’Eau por L’ORI Ak-t 2 The Knowing. The Trinidadian artist’s first live performance in the U.S. will debut an interdisciplinary work in two ak-ts over two days evoking themes of fertility and interconnectivity. This complex work will involve several choreographed elements, including movement and sound, outside and within the museum.
Friday, April 25 – Saturday, April 26: Caribbean Crossroads Symposium: Transnational Histories. Transnational Histories will consist of four panels that correspond to the central themes of the exhibition: Fluid Motions, Counterpoints, Shades of History, and Kingdoms of this World. Each of these panels will pair a scholar and artist who will present and discuss their work in relation to these themes.
Thursday, May 1, 6-9pm: Shleu Shleu Miami All Stars: Presented by PAMM and the Rhythm Foundation In honor of Haitian Heritage Month and a season at Pérez Art Museum Miami dedicated to Caribbean art, present Shleu Shleu Miami All Stars, one of the longest running acts in the history of Haitian Kompa music. Dance to Shleu Shleu Miami All Stars on the outdoor terrace, enjoy cocktails from PAMM’s waterfront bars, and enjoy Caribbean art exhibitions including Caribbean: Crossroads of the World and Edouard Duval-Carrié: Imagined Landscapes. The event also kicks off the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Miami Museum Month.
Saturday, June 14, 1-4pm: PAMM Free Second Saturdays presented by Target: Fly Your Flag Day. Explore the upstairs exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World and look for symbols which represent different places and times. If you had your own new island or coastal nation, what would make it a special place to live or visit? Design a flag to represent your unique country.
Saturday, July 12, 1-4pm: PAMM Free Second Saturdays presented by Target: Beware –“El Biblio Bandito” Rides Again! Does Miami have enough stories to satisfy this notorious Story Thief on a rampage? Rumor has it that he never gets enough narratives and that PAMM will be the next target in his search for more! Please bring your story ideas and help prepare plenty of custom-made books to appease his wrath before he arrives!
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