Social Calendar Events in and about the Caribbean arts and culture scene.

2017
Sat 09

Festival | The InPulse Arts Festival

Within this community-based and interactive event, Jamaican artist Twaunii Sinclair moderates a panel discussion on arts and education with InPulse young artists and their mentors, alongside works on view by Camille Chedda, Cyprien Clement Delmas, Omari Ra, Sheena Rose, Oneika Russell, Nile Saulter, Phillip Thomas, and Rodell Warner. This festival also includes live music and performances, plus a talk by Gabrielle Blackwood on her award-winning film, Flight. 

Within this community-based and interactive event, Jamaican artist Twaunii Sinclair moderates a panel discussion on arts and education with InPulse young artists and their mentors, alongside works on view by Camille CheddaCyprien Clement DelmasOmari RaSheena RoseOneika RussellNile SaulterPhillip Thomas, and Rodell Warner. This festival also includes live music and performances, plus a talk by Gabrielle Blackwood on her award-winning film, Flight

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Sat 30

Event | nuit blanche

With the international practice of an annually, night long art festival, nuit blanche highlights the cultural landmarks and hotspots of the Haitian capital. The event is being held in its sixth iteration in Port-au-Prince and is headed by Giscard Bouchotte.

With the international practice of an annually, night long art festival, nuit blanche highlights the cultural landmarks and hotspots of the Haitian capital. The event is being held in its sixth iteration in Port-au-Prince and is headed by Giscard Bouchotte.

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Thu 31

Exhibition | New York Latin American Art Triennial | Progressive Transaction

In a globalized setting, Progressive Transition seeks to understand the particular need for affirmation in search of healing with regards to the spaces left behind within the sphere of immigration. Transition moves forward both for society and on a personal level. With works by Felix Berroa, Rosee Camafreita, Antonio Martorell Cardona, Williams Carmona, Pablo Caviedes, Dionis Figueroa, Dolores Furtado, Iliana Emilia Garcia, Armando Guiller, Ivelisse Jiménez, Nayda Collazo […]

In a globalized setting, Progressive Transition seeks to understand the particular need for affirmation in search of healing with regards to the spaces left behind within the sphere of immigration. Transition moves forward both for society and on a personal level. With works by Felix BerroaRosee CamafreitaAntonio Martorell CardonaWilliams CarmonaPablo CaviedesDionis FigueroaDolores FurtadoIliana Emilia GarciaArmando GuillerIvelisse JiménezNayda Collazo LlorensAna Rosa MarreroVictor MoraArnaldo MoralesMaría Antonia OrdóñezJorge PosadaAdrián Viajero RománDhara RiveraMartin RiwnyjEzequiel Taveras, and Inés Tolentino.

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Sat 21

Exhibition | David González: Color Profano

The exhibition pays tribute to the streets of the “El Manteco” neighbourhood of the city of Barquisimeto and to the sonority characteristic of the land in this town that was once traveled by renowned poets, storytellers, and popular artists. 

The exhibition pays tribute to the streets of the “El Manteco” neighbourhood of the city of Barquisimeto and to the sonority characteristic of the land in this town that was once traveled by renowned poets, storytellers, and popular artists. 

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Fri 04

Exhibition | Luz Severino: Dentro del Bosque

This is Severino’s third solo exhibition at the Fondation Clément. Mixing styles and techniques (paintings, installations, engravings), Severino denounces the impact of humanity on the planet and in particular on nature. She reflects man’s responsibility towards the environment and towards future generations.

This is Severino’s third solo exhibition at the Fondation Clément. Mixing styles and techniques (paintings, installations, engravings), Severino denounces the impact of humanity on the planet and in particular on nature. She reflects man’s responsibility towards the environment and towards future generations.

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Thu 21

Art Fair | MECA

The third edition of MECA (Mercado Caribeño) finds a further maturation in this meeting point between the art markets of Latin America, the United States, and the Caribbean, featuring 25 local and international exhibitors alongside the MECHANISMOS projects platform, overseen this year by Lizania Cruz and Luis Graham Castillo.

The third edition of MECA (Mercado Caribeño) finds a further maturation in this meeting point between the art markets of Latin America, the United States, and the Caribbean, featuring 25 local and international exhibitors alongside the MECHANISMOS projects platform, overseen this year by Lizania Cruz and Luis Graham Castillo.

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Wed 20

Exhibition | Zilla Sánchez: Soy Isla

Marking the second iteration of the first museum retrospective of the prolific, innovative, and yet largely unknown artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana – lives and works in San Juan), the exhibition features over 40 works from the early 1950s to the present, including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, sculptural pieces, graphic illustrations, and […]

Marking the second iteration of the first museum retrospective of the prolific, innovative, and yet largely unknown artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana – lives and works in San Juan), the exhibition features over 40 works from the early 1950s to the present, including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, sculptural pieces, graphic illustrations, and ephemera. The retrospective traces Sánchez’s artistic journey from her early days in Cuba to her extended travels in Europe in the 1950s and residence in New York in the 1960s, and finally her move to Puerto Rico, where she has lived and worked since the early 1970s.

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Thu 17

Exhibition | Hector Frank: Color de Cabezas

In the celebrated Cuban artist’s continuous path to redefine the human portrait, Frank utilizes a large-scale format, believing that he finds “the sincerest reflection of what each person hides.” Employing an understanding and appreciation of material quality and the potential for reuse, Frank’s aesthetically complex, multifaceted portraiture captures the essence of his Cuban people.

In the celebrated Cuban artist’s continuous path to redefine the human portrait, Frank utilizes a large-scale format, believing that he finds “the sincerest reflection of what each person hides.” Employing an understanding and appreciation of material quality and the potential for reuse, Frank’s aesthetically complex, multifaceted portraiture captures the essence of his Cuban people.

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Tue 05

Festival | FIAP Martinique: Festival International d’Art Performance

For its second edition, FIAP19 Martinique stages a French-Caribbean platform featuring artistic commissions from throughout the surround region, plus from the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, and beyond. Collaborating artists include Nyugen Smith (Haitian-Trinidadian American, based in Jersey City) and Ludgi Savon (Martinican), and this edition is curated by performance art duo and FIAP co-founders Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut.

For its second edition, FIAP19 Martinique stages a French-Caribbean platform featuring artistic commissions from throughout the surround region, plus from the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, and beyond. Collaborating artists include Nyugen Smith (Haitian-Trinidadian American, based in Jersey City) and Ludgi Savon (Martinican), and this edition is curated by performance art duo and FIAP co-founders Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut.

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Sat 31

Exhibition | Fertile Ground

Through depictions of women’s bodies enveloped by nature — often juxtaposing wild and cultivated landscapes — Charlton, Minaya, and Berrio challenge romantic tropes of “nature” with powerful personal, cultural, and political narratives. Curated by Heather Bandhari.

Through depictions of women’s bodies enveloped by nature — often juxtaposing wild and cultivated landscapes — Charlton, Minaya, and Berrio challenge romantic tropes of “nature” with powerful personal, cultural, and political narratives. Curated by Heather Bandhari.

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Fri 04

Exhibition | Bezielde lijnen [Inspired Lines]

Bezielde lijnen explores the surprising results of the synergy between two artists who have been connected as friends and colleagues for ten years now: Rinaldo Klas in Suriname and Maartje Jaquet from Amsterdam. Both met at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy, where Jaquet was visiting to advance her film research and where Klas was the academy’s director. 

Bezielde lijnen explores the surprising results of the synergy between two artists who have been connected as friends and colleagues for ten years now: Rinaldo Klas in Suriname and Maartje Jaquet from Amsterdam. Both met at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy, where Jaquet was visiting to advance her film research and where Klas was the academy’s director. 

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Fri 01

Exhibition | Monumentenzorg: Mens & Monuments

As part of the 65th anniversary of Stichting Monumentenzorg Curaçao (Curaçao Heritage Foundation) comes this thematic group exhibition, featuring unique works from the local artistic community reflecting a fresh point of view on the historic legacy of Curaçao, as well as its role in our current times and future. The exhibition is curated by Sinuhe […]

As part of the 65th anniversary of Stichting Monumentenzorg Curaçao (Curaçao Heritage Foundation) comes this thematic group exhibition, featuring unique works from the local artistic community reflecting a fresh point of view on the historic legacy of Curaçao, as well as its role in our current times and future. The exhibition is curated by Sinuhe Oomen.

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Thu 24

Exhibition | Ebony G. Patterson | ... to dig between the cuts, beneath the leaves, below the soil...

For …to dig between the cuts, beneath the leaves, below the soil…, Patterson has moved into the undergrowth of a garden gone awry. Luscious, bright plants bursting with untameable life lure the viewer closer. Amidst the vegetation, objects are unearthed — discarded shoes and children’s toys create an uncanny feeling, whilst beneath the leaves are twinkling eyes […]

For …to dig between the cuts, beneath the leaves, below the soil…, Patterson has moved into the undergrowth of a garden gone awry. Luscious, bright plants bursting with untameable life lure the viewer closer. Amidst the vegetation, objects are unearthed — discarded shoes and children’s toys create an uncanny feeling, whilst beneath the leaves are twinkling eyes and silhouetted limbs. With an eerie absence of a body, the scene slowly reveals itself as ominous. This marks the Jamaican artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and runs concurrent with …while the dew is still on the roses…, her major touring exhibition that debuted at Pérez Art Museum Miami (November 2018) and is currently on view at Speed Art Museum (Louisville, KY) through January 5, 2020.

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Thu 19

Exhibition | Resisting Paradise

At the intersection of tourism, sexuality, gender, environmental issues, and online culture is Resisting Paradise, featuring the works of three Caribbean artists working locally and abroad: Deborah Anzinger (Jamaican), Joiri Minaya (Dominican American), and Leasho Johnson (Jamaican). Through their respective practices, the artists reference shared histories of invasion, slavery, and the economic exploitation of natural resources, pinpointing how these forces translate into […]

At the intersection of tourism, sexuality, gender, environmental issues, and online culture is Resisting Paradise, featuring the works of three Caribbean artists working locally and abroad: Deborah Anzinger (Jamaican), Joiri Minaya (Dominican American), and Leasho Johnson (Jamaican). Through their respective practices, the artists reference shared histories of invasion, slavery, and the economic exploitation of natural resources, pinpointing how these forces translate into the commodification of bodies within the Western view of idyllic tourist destinations. Curated by Marina Reyes Franco.

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Wed 04

Exhibition | Parallels and Peripheries: Migration and Mobility

The third iteration of an exhibition series curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES: Migration and Mobility hones in on the locality of Rockville and its surround communities to foster dialogue on movement of people, personal identity and visibility, and the complexities of current […]

The third iteration of an exhibition series curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES: Migration and Mobility hones in on the locality of Rockville and its surround communities to foster dialogue on movement of people, personal identity and visibility, and the complexities of current social situations. Artists featured in this edition of the series include Lizania Cruz (Dominican, based in New York), who participated in the debut iteration of this series in Miami Beach in 2018, Kim Dacres (Jamaican-American, based in New York), and Morel Doucet (Haitian, based in Miami).

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Wed 04

Exhibition | Interrupted Underpinning

A two-personal exhibition featuring Joiri Minaya (Dominican American) and Sarah Zapata (Peruvian American), whose interdisciplinary practices address decolonizing perspectives of tropical identity targeting women of color as well as materiality and labor via control systems, respectively. The show is curated by Becky Nahom, exhibitions manager at Independent Curators International/ICI in New York.

A two-personal exhibition featuring Joiri Minaya (Dominican American) and Sarah Zapata (Peruvian American), whose interdisciplinary practices address decolonizing perspectives of tropical identity targeting women of color as well as materiality and labor via control systems, respectively. The show is curated by Becky Nahom, exhibitions manager at Independent Curators International/ICI in New York.

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Fri 18

Exhibition | Teresita Fernández: Elementa

The exhibition offers a comprehensive view of Fernández’s career, including her more recent works illuminating the politically charged environments currently present. The retrospective offers visitors a chance to experience Fernandez use of materials to reinterpret relationships between nature, history and identity. 

The exhibition offers a comprehensive view of Fernández’s career, including her more recent works illuminating the politically charged environments currently present. The retrospective offers visitors a chance to experience Fernandez use of materials to reinterpret relationships between nature, history and identity. 

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Thu 17

Exhibition | Mapping Life

Concurrent with Maps Everywhere in the institution’s Visual Arts Gallery, Mapping Life focuses on contemporary use of cartography, and how artists employ these methods to translate memories and actions. Among the participants is Nyugen Smith (Haitian-Trinidadian American), whose work is featured in the major exhibition The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art at PAMM/Pérez Art Museum Miami, on view until […]

Concurrent with Maps Everywhere in the institution’s Visual Arts Gallery, Mapping Life focuses on contemporary use of cartography, and how artists employ these methods to translate memories and actions. Among the participants is Nyugen Smith (Haitian-Trinidadian American), whose work is featured in the major exhibition The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art at PAMM/Pérez Art Museum Miami, on view until next summer. Mapping Life is curated by Midori Yoshimoto, NJCU Gallery Director.

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Thu 10

Exhibition | Raquel Paiewonsky | Inside Out

The Dominican artist’s site-specific soft sculpture installation fills the university’s art gallery with an immersive array of hand-embroidered breasts of various skin tones, remarking on connections and community while questioning stereotypes and expectations related to gender and social status. Paiewonsky will be present for a talk during the opening reception. 

The Dominican artist’s site-specific soft sculpture installation fills the university’s art gallery with an immersive array of hand-embroidered breasts of various skin tones, remarking on connections and community while questioning stereotypes and expectations related to gender and social status. Paiewonsky will be present for a talk during the opening reception. 

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Sat 14

Exhibition | Petrona Morrison: New Works

Hosted by VP Projects, the solo show of Morrison highlights her multi-media work. Morrison engages the public by her engaging, deeply personal and political statements. The show focuses on the current works, and Morrison exploration of fragility, resilience and location. 

Hosted by VP Projects, the solo show of Morrison highlights her multi-media work. Morrison engages the public by her engaging, deeply personal and political statements. The show focuses on the current works, and Morrison exploration of fragility, resilience and location. 

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Fri 06

Exhibition | Retratos en chino (Portraits in Chinese)

The retrospective focuses on the last 20 years of work of Aldo Menéndez. The exhibition includes an installation of the name giving work: ‘Retratos en chino’ which includes a composition of over 70 pieces. 

The retrospective focuses on the last 20 years of work of Aldo Menéndez. The exhibition includes an installation of the name giving work: ‘Retratos en chino’ which includes a composition of over 70 pieces. 

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Fri 04

Exhibition | Nadia Huggins | Human Stories: Circa No Future

The fourth iteration of Human Stories marks the UK solo exhibition debut by Nadia Huggins (Trinidadian, based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines), whose photographic and filmic works capture intimate moments between sea and surface around St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Curated by Kaia Charles, Human Stories is a series of annual photography exhibitions that encourage a contemporary discourse on modern […]

The fourth iteration of Human Stories marks the UK solo exhibition debut by Nadia Huggins (Trinidadian, based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines), whose photographic and filmic works capture intimate moments between sea and surface around St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Curated by Kaia Charles, Human Stories is a series of annual photography exhibitions that encourage a contemporary discourse on modern life via a human point of view.

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Thu 19

Biennial | …and other such stories

Within a city known for its urban enterprise and defining skyline, the groundbreaking Chicago Architecture Biennial dialogues with land rights, sociopolitical, and environmental concerns in its third edition. Under artistic direction of curator Yesomi Umolu, the Biennial pulls back the proverbial curtain to reveal the often uncomfortable truths behind the shining façades that define this metropolitan […]

Within a city known for its urban enterprise and defining skyline, the groundbreaking Chicago Architecture Biennial dialogues with land rights, sociopolitical, and environmental concerns in its third edition. Under artistic direction of curator Yesomi Umolu, the Biennial pulls back the proverbial curtain to reveal the often uncomfortable truths behind the shining façades that define this metropolitan city. Among the artist contributors include Jimmy Robert (Guadeloupean, based in Berlin) and Jorge González (Puerto Rican, based in San Juan).

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Wed 25

Artist Talk: Shanice Smith: The Tropics Bite Back

Shanice Smith (b. 1991, Trinidad) is among the inaugural artists embarking on residencies supported by the Caribbean Art Initiative. As the first artist selected for Residency Unlimited (Brooklyn), and as part of her autumn residency in New York, Shanice will hold a discussion around food as a form of therapy, with a focus on Caribbean women of color. […]

Shanice Smith (b. 1991, Trinidad) is among the inaugural artists embarking on residencies supported by the Caribbean Art Initiative. As the first artist selected for Residency Unlimited (Brooklyn), and as part of her autumn residency in New York, Shanice will hold a discussion around food as a form of therapy, with a focus on Caribbean women of color. This talk event, co-moderated by curator and professor Livia Alexander and Intelligent Mischief creative collective member Aisha Shillingford, will take place at RU on September 25 at 6:30 pm and is free to the public. 

The title of Shanice’s talk, “The Tropics Bite Back,” is after Valerie Loichot’s book of the same name. At this occasion, Shanice with invite the audience to taste several dishes from her country of Trinidad & Tobago, which she will prepare while engaging the public to discuss issues affecting women within their societal circles. As a current RU resident artist, Shanice’s work explores gender-based issues, utilizing “deceptively soft and light pieces” to deconstruct violence faced by women and children, with a focus on the objectification and commodification of women’s bodies, and the role of the media in this process.

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Sat 01

Exhibition: Aquí vive gente: Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra

This pop-up creative space, named for the neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico from where its founding artists — including Jesus ‘Bubu’ Negrón and Luis Agosto-Leduc — as well as collaborating youth and adults live and work, enjoys its first public and fully physical presentation within Storefront’s gallery. The museum emerged after years of work by Brigada Puerta de Tierra […]

This pop-up creative space, named for the neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico from where its founding artists — including Jesus ‘Bubu’ Negrón and Luis Agosto-Leduc — as well as collaborating youth and adults live and work, enjoys its first public and fully physical presentation within Storefront’s gallery. The museum emerged after years of work by Brigada Puerta de Tierra (BPDT), a multigenerational group of artists and activists, and the show title, “Aqui vive gente / People Live Here,” pays tribute to the murals in Puerta de Tierra, further asserting the autonomous life in the neighborhood and preserving its cultural heritage and collective memory. 

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Sat 28

Exhibition: Yoan Capote: Immanence

Capote’s Immanence is a monumental steel sculpture that depicts Fidel Castro, the dictator who dominated Cuban life and culture from the Revolution. Historically, monumental sculptures have deified gods and rulers but as you move closer Capote’s Immanence offers another perspective. An image of the Cuban leader becomes a collective portrait of Cuba’s resilient citizens. Based in Havana […]

Capote’s Immanence is a monumental steel sculpture that depicts Fidel Castro, the dictator who dominated Cuban life and culture from the Revolution. Historically, monumental sculptures have deified gods and rulers but as you move closer Capote’s Immanence offers another perspective. An image of the Cuban leader becomes a collective portrait of Cuba’s resilient citizens. Based in Havana and internationally acclaimed, Capote uses sculpture, painting, installation, photography, and video to create analogies between the visual poetry of inanimate objects and the intangible world of the mind. Immanence, among Capote’s most important works to date, was recently acquired by PEM’s Present Tense Initiative.

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Sat 21

Open Studio: Kachelle Knowles

The National Art Gallery of the Bahams hosts an Open Studio with Knowles on September 21 at 5PM.

The National Art Gallery of the Bahams hosts an Open Studio with Knowles on September 21 at 5PM.

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Thu 29

Exhibition: Kachelle Knowles: Bahamian Man Since Time

Knowles’ work lies in the cultural and racial styles that have ideological traits associated with class and success within the Caribbean and also within Black culture. It speaks about the assimilation and self-erasure of black identity to conform within a Eurocentric society in favour of economic survival.

Knowles’ work lies in the cultural and racial styles that have ideological traits associated with class and success within the Caribbean and also within Black culture. It speaks about the assimilation and self-erasure of black identity to conform within a Eurocentric society in favour of economic survival.

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Fri 30

Exhibition: Habdaphaï: Mondes/Territoires

Habdaphaï’s works evoke sensations. The multitude of pictorial and graphic experiences, artifacts, ready-made, installations, videos, performances, choreographies evoke a Caribbean touch. Creating a universe of sounds, sounds, smells, osciliating between the real and the imaginative.

Habdaphaï’s works evoke sensations. The multitude of pictorial and graphic experiences, artifacts, ready-made, installations, videos, performances, choreographies evoke a Caribbean touch. Creating a universe of sounds, sounds, smells, osciliating between the real and the imaginative.

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Sat 28

Film Screening: Cinexpo: Carte Blanche à Habdaphaï

Concurrent with his solo exhibition Mondes/Territoires, on view through October 16, the celebrated Martinican artist Habdaphaï participates in the Foundation’s open-air film series with his selection, Le bonheur d’Elza (2011, directed by Mariette Monpierre). The titular character Elza, a young Guadeloupean living in Paris with her mother and younger sister, decides to return to her parents’ homeland upon graduating university, […]

Concurrent with his solo exhibition Mondes/Territoires, on view through October 16, the celebrated Martinican artist Habdaphaï participates in the Foundation’s open-air film series with his selection, Le bonheur d’Elza (2011, directed by Mariette Monpierre). The titular character Elza, a young Guadeloupean living in Paris with her mother and younger sister, decides to return to her parents’ homeland upon graduating university, hoping to discover both her ancestral nation as well as the identity of her absent father. 

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Thu 26

Exhibition: Hew Locke: Where Lies the Land?

A timely exploration of authoritarian power, migration and globalisation in a climate of increasing political uncertainty and heightened anxiety. Engaged with unpacking visual codes – using everyday materials to create conflations of history and modernity. Locke’s critique of existing power structures is subtle and open-ended. This marks Locke’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery and […]

A timely exploration of authoritarian power, migration and globalisation in a climate of increasing political uncertainty and heightened anxiety. Engaged with unpacking visual codes – using everyday materials to create conflations of history and modernity. Locke’s critique of existing power structures is subtle and open-ended. This marks Locke’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery and succeeds his major solo exhibition, Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing, which is touring the United States presently.

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Sun 15

Performance: The Picnic: Harvest of the STEW

How do we connect to the places we steward? Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, a 1.5 generation Jamaican-American interdisciplinary artist residing in Queens, NY, honors stewardship groups across the five boroughs whose work centers around food justice issues, in her performance The Picnic: Harvest of the STEW. This special event occurs in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, on the lawn in […]

How do we connect to the places we steward? Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, a 1.5 generation Jamaican-American interdisciplinary artist residing in Queens, NY, honors stewardship groups across the five boroughs whose work centers around food justice issues, in her performance The Picnic: Harvest of the STEW. This special event occurs in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, on the lawn in front of Queens Museum, from 2-4PM on September 15. Lyn-Kee-Chow’s performance is part of Who Takes Care of New York?, an exploration of the variety of civic groups that exist and thrive in New York City and the ways that they care for and support their local environments.

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Sat 14

Exhibition: Lucia Hierro: Objetos Específicos

Lucia Hierro’s large-scale soft sculptures and collages of bodega goods and family memorabilia exemplify her background as a New York born and raised Dominican American. Taking a cue from the writings of Donald Judd, she plays with the Minimalist pioneer’s theories of “specificity” via sculptural and pictorial objects.

Lucia Hierro’s large-scale soft sculptures and collages of bodega goods and family memorabilia exemplify her background as a New York born and raised Dominican American. Taking a cue from the writings of Donald Judd, she plays with the Minimalist pioneer’s theories of “specificity” via sculptural and pictorial objects.

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Fri 13

Exhibition: Dalton Gata: The Devil Sees Beauty In A Pair Of Horns, Four Claws, And A Tail

In collaboration with Galería Agustina Ferreyra, the Cuban artist and former fashion designer infuses his exuberant paintings with dark human, addressing issues of gender and queer identity through a figurative language influenced by Surrealism and Afro-Caribbean culture.

In collaboration with Galería Agustina Ferreyra, the Cuban artist and former fashion designer infuses his exuberant paintings with dark human, addressing issues of gender and queer identity through a figurative language influenced by Surrealism and Afro-Caribbean culture.

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Fri 13

Artist Talk: Hew Locke

Locke will participate in a talk event at the museum on September 13 at 6PM.

Locke will participate in a talk event at the museum on September 13 at 6PM.

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Thu 12

Exhibition: Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

The British artist’s most comprehensive exhibition to date, spanning Locke’s interdisciplinary acumen – from painting and photography to large-scale installation. Through it, Locke explores the language of colonial and postcolonial power and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity. In particular, Locke focuses attention on the United Kingdom, its monarchy, and his […]

The British artist’s most comprehensive exhibition to date, spanning Locke’s interdisciplinary acumen – from painting and photography to large-scale installation. Through it, Locke explores the language of colonial and postcolonial power and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity. In particular, Locke focuses attention on the United Kingdom, its monarchy, and his (then newly independent) childhood home of Guyana.

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Sat 07

Artist Talk: Christopher Cozier | Taking Note: Working Drawings 2000-2012

The internationally exhibited and celebrated Trinidadian artist, and co-founder of Port of Spain’s Alice Yard, invites local community and art-lovers from all over for an informal conversation around over a decade of his work. In Cozier’s words, “I see drawing as a counter narrative to the monumental and fixed. The act of making marks and […]

The internationally exhibited and celebrated Trinidadian artist, and co-founder of Port of Spain’s Alice Yard, invites local community and art-lovers from all over for an informal conversation around over a decade of his work. In Cozier’s words, “I see drawing as a counter narrative to the monumental and fixed. The act of making marks and taking note on paper implies investigation and speculation – an open but fleeting moment, like a thought that appears and disappears over time; naturally and organically like the piece of paper.”

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Fri 06

Exhibition: AXA Art Prize Traveling Exhibition 2019

A traveling group exhibition showcasing the work of 40 student artists, including Leasho Johnson (Jamaican, presently completing his Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), across all media, which commences in San Francisco and will conclude at the New York Academy of Art in November

A traveling group exhibition showcasing the work of 40 student artists, including Leasho Johnson (Jamaican, presently completing his Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), across all media, which commences in San Francisco and will conclude at the New York Academy of Art in November

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Thu 11

Exhibition: Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales

The legendary Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera’s radiant compositions simplify juxtaposed forms to their purest elements of color and geometry, creating a distinctive and iconic clarity by emphasizing ‘the beauty of the straight line’. Marking her first major exhibition of outdoor sculptures, Herrera is known for creating vibrant and abstract paintings. Informed by her architectural training, […]

The legendary Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera’s radiant compositions simplify juxtaposed forms to their purest elements of color and geometry, creating a distinctive and iconic clarity by emphasizing ‘the beauty of the straight line’.


Marking her first major exhibition of outdoor sculptures, Herrera is known for creating vibrant and abstract paintings. Informed by her architectural training, Herrera began the series in the 1960s with a group of diagrammatic sketches. She envisioned large-scale monochromatic sculptures that would extend the experience of her luminous paintings into three dimensions.

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Fri 30

Exhibition: Dress Up, Speak UP: Costume and Confrontation

In its latest iteration at the 21c’s locations across the United States, this group exhibition features figures occupying fluid space and time, past and present, fact and fiction, memory and desire — all illuminating the complexity of contemporary identity. The international roster of participating artists includes Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaican), Firelei Báez (Dominican), and Jeannette Ehlers (Danish/Trinidadian) among others. The exhibition is […]

In its latest iteration at the 21c’s locations across the United States, this group exhibition features figures occupying fluid space and time, past and present, fact and fiction, memory and desire — all illuminating the complexity of contemporary identity. The international roster of participating artists includes Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaican), Firelei Báez (Dominican), and Jeannette Ehlers (Danish/Trinidadian) among others. The exhibition is organized by Alice Gray Stites Museum Director and Chief Curator.

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Thu 22

Exhibition: Visual Life Of Social Affliction: A Small Axe Project

This group exhibition seeks to grapple with the ways in which Caribbean visual practice critically engages experiences of social suffering, wagering that visual art constitutes one of the most vital expressive optics through which to explore social life.  Recognizing the real senses in which the Caribbean not only was born in the structural violence of […]

This group exhibition seeks to grapple with the ways in which Caribbean visual practice critically engages experiences of social suffering, wagering that visual art constitutes one of the most vital expressive optics through which to explore social life. 


Recognizing the real senses in which the Caribbean not only was born in the structural violence of Native genocide, African slavery, and Indian indenture instituted by colonial powers, but has been sustained since then by the relentless continuation of institutionalized disrespect, disregard, and dishonor, this project seeks to capture the  destructive impact of dominating powers on the lives of Caribbean  people.

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Thu 11

Exhibition: Cross Currents/Intercambio Cultural

Exploring how issues of Latin American and Latinx identity are manifested in the practices of artists working in Chicago and Havana at a moment of social change and strained political relations between the United States and Cuba. Cross Currents is the result of an artist exchange organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art. Six […]

Exploring how issues of Latin American and Latinx identity are manifested in the practices of artists working in Chicago and Havana at a moment of social change and strained political relations between the United States and Cuba.


Cross Currents is the result of an artist exchange organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art. Six Chicago-based artists visited Havana in spring 2017 and six Cuban artists visited Chicago in fall 2017 and summer 2018. The work on view reflects the artists’ experiences and observations as they interacted with each other, curators, cultural spaces, and neighborhoods during their trips. The project aims to open pathways of communication and understanding between the two cities and peer artists while also reflecting on their own artistic practices at this moment in time. Participating artists include: Alberto Aguilar (American), Carlos Barberena (Nicaraguan), Dianna Frid (Mexican/American), Rodrigo Lara Zendejas (Mexican), Harold Mendez (American), and Edra Soto (Puerto Rican), all based in Chicago; plus Havana-based Cuban artists Humberto DiazSusana PilarDouglas PérezAlejandro GonzálezCelia-Yunior, and Requer.

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Thu 20

Exhibition: 50 Years Hollywood

Reflecting on the history of American colonialism, this group exhibition situates contemporary Filipino artists in dialogue with artists from other nations with colonial incursions by the U.S. and Spain, including Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.  Pointing towards the lingering resonance of the American imperial project — and colonialism more broadly — this exhibition foregrounds […]

Reflecting on the history of American colonialism, this group exhibition situates contemporary Filipino artists in dialogue with artists from other nations with colonial incursions by the U.S. and Spain, including Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. 


Pointing towards the lingering resonance of the American imperial project — and colonialism more broadly — this exhibition foregrounds shared themes of migration, hybridity, and hegemony. Featuring Alexandre Arrechea (Cuban), Alexis Zambrano (Mexican), Allora & Calzadilla (Puerto Rican), Eileen Isagon Skyers (Filipino/American), Joiri Minaya (Dominican American), Manuel Ocampo (Filipino), and Pow Martinez (Filipino).

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Sat 04

Exhibition: Juan Cruz: A Retrospective

The Syracuse-based Puerto Rican artist combines rich symbolism with a bold and colorful abstract style to create work infused with his Caribbean heritage. From his portrait paintings to abstract collages, Cruz uses the emotional realities of his past to articulate his feelings about economic inequality and systematic injustice. Moving from Puerto Rico to Manhattan’s Lower […]

The Syracuse-based Puerto Rican artist combines rich symbolism with a bold and colorful abstract style to create work infused with his Caribbean heritage. From his portrait paintings to abstract collages, Cruz uses the emotional realities of his past to articulate his feelings about economic inequality and systematic injustice.


Moving from Puerto Rico to Manhattan’s Lower East Side and subsequent travels to Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and Central America have had a major impact on Cruz’s work, reflecting a mixture of cultural heritage and life experiences. His paintings have evolved into complex amalgamations of figurative and abstract forms.

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Thu 18

Exhibition: The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art

Centered on the question, “what might a Caribbean future look like?”, this thematic group exhibition of newly commissioned works engages 14 artists from the Diaspora as well as throughout the Caribbean. Curated by María Elena Ortiz (Associate Curator, PAMM) and Dr. Marsha Pearce (Cultural Studies Scholar, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus), […]

Centered on the question, “what might a Caribbean future look like?”, this thematic group exhibition of newly commissioned works engages 14 artists from the Diaspora as well as throughout the Caribbean. Curated by María Elena Ortiz (Associate Curator, PAMM) and Dr. Marsha Pearce (Cultural Studies Scholar, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus), featuring: Deborah Anzinger (Jamaica), Charles Campbell (Jamaica), Andrea Chung (Jamaica-China/Trinidad, based in San Diego, USA), Hulda Guzmán (Dominican Republic), Deborah Jack (St. Martin/The Netherlands, based in New Jersey, USA), Louisa Marajo (Martinique, based in Paris), Manuel Mathieu (Haiti, based in Montréal, Canada), Alicia Milne (Trinidad and Tobago), Lavar Munroe (The Bahamas, based between Nassau and Germantown, USA), Angel Otero (Puerto Rico, based in New York, USA), Sheena Rose (Barbados), Jamilah Sabur (Jamaica, based in Miami, USA), Nyugen Smith (Trinidad/Haiti, based in Jersey City, USA), and Cristina Tufiño (Puerto Rico, based in New York, USA).

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Fri 14

Exhibition: Sol Calero: El Autobus

Employing a wide range of media in her practice such as found objects, fabric, painting and drawing. El Autobus explores themes of representation, identity, displacement and marginalisation, creating a bus environment within the gallery.  The bus-like structure, evoking the buses used in Latin America, is inspired by a recent journey through South America. Visitors are invited to […]

Employing a wide range of media in her practice such as found objects, fabric, painting and drawing. El Autobus explores themes of representation, identity, displacement and marginalisation, creating a bus environment within the gallery. 


The bus-like structure, evoking the buses used in Latin America, is inspired by a recent journey through South America. Visitors are invited to travel through the Wolfson Gallery, exploring the floor-to-ceiling mural which overwhelms the space with a landscape of patterns, panoramic views, floral motifs and architectural elements and to listen out for bus announcements, which promise to get to destinations that can never be reached.

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Sat 06

Exhibition: Negative Space

The exhibition endeavours to change the dominating view of modern and contemporary sculpture by telling a different story. The large-scale group show includes the work of Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt), and her investigation between sculpture and space.  With the aim to investigate the relationship between sculpture and space in a decidedly spatial way, the presented art works address […]

The exhibition endeavours to change the dominating view of modern and contemporary sculpture by telling a different story. The large-scale group show includes the work of Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt), and her investigation between sculpture and space. 


With the aim to investigate the relationship between sculpture and space in a decidedly spatial way, the presented art works address the sculptural phenomenon in relation to diverse spatial concepts: Open spaces, surrounding, hollow and intermediate spaces, mirror, light and shadow spaces, virtual data spaces, etc. The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the art of sculpture, which – in contrast to the traditional concept – is committed to contour, emptiness, and levitation. Visitors will encounter what is light instead of heavy, what is not full but empty, what is marked open instead of closed, what is not dense but diaphanous, airy, and light.

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Sun 09

Exhibition: Resisting Paradise

Curated by Marina Reyes Franco, this exhibition features work at the intersection of tourism, sexuality, gender, environmental concern, music, and the internet, featuring three artists across various mediums: Deborah Anzinger (Jamaica), Joiri Minaya (Dominican Republic, based in New York), and Leasho Johnson (Jamaica). 

Curated by Marina Reyes Franco, this exhibition features work at the intersection of tourism, sexuality, gender, environmental concern, music, and the internet, featuring three artists across various mediums: Deborah Anzinger (Jamaica), Joiri Minaya (Dominican Republic, based in New York), and Leasho Johnson (Jamaica). 

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Thu 16

Exhibition: Identités Caribéennes

This group exhibition asks the question, “Can we speak of Caribbean identity, as this vast space is fundamentally plural?” Featuring six artists working within and beyond the region, including some based in Paris and others making their debut there, with works by Sébastien Mehal (Martinique, based in Paris), Jesus “BUBU” Negrón (Puerto Rico), Jean-Marc Hunt (France, based in Guadeloupe), Walkind Rodriguez (Dominican Republic), Adler […]

This group exhibition asks the question, “Can we speak of Caribbean identity, as this vast space is fundamentally plural?” Featuring six artists working within and beyond the region, including some based in Paris and others making their debut there, with works by Sébastien Mehal (Martinique, based in Paris), Jesus “BUBU” Negrón (Puerto Rico), Jean-Marc Hunt (France, based in Guadeloupe), Walkind Rodriguez (Dominican Republic), Adler Guerrier (Haiti, based in Miami), and José Nicolas (Cuba).

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Sun 23

Exhibition: Dominique Knowles: Ode to Tazz

In his solo debut at the gallery, the Chicago-based Bahamian artist unveils a room-filling installation of paintings evoking devotion and the equestrian spirit. Concurrent with Ode to Tazz, Knowles is participating in a group exhibition, The Map is Not the Territory, at Chicago’s Andrew Rafacz Gallery, on view until August 3. Knowles is working toward his MFA from […]

In his solo debut at the gallery, the Chicago-based Bahamian artist unveils a room-filling installation of paintings evoking devotion and the equestrian spirit. Concurrent with Ode to Tazz, Knowles is participating in a group exhibition, The Map is Not the Territory, at Chicago’s Andrew Rafacz Gallery, on view until August 3. Knowles is working toward his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020.

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