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

2017
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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Sat 22

Exhibition: Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez

The exhibition investigates the visibility and the construction of complex cultural identities within the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora and how these notions are perceived in today’s global world. A dialogue between the past, present and future creates the narrative running through the exhibition.  Báez is best known through her extraordinary paintings of lush landscaped-figures, intricately patterned tignons, […]

The exhibition investigates the visibility and the construction of complex cultural identities within the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora and how these notions are perceived in today’s global world. A dialogue between the past, present and future creates the narrative running through the exhibition. 


Báez is best known through her extraordinary paintings of lush landscaped-figures, intricately patterned tignons, and otherworldly bodies with striking eyes. Here, she considers the reality of ones current social and the historic construction of cultural self in America. These complex, intersectional bodies and symbols alongside large-scale portraits are painted in vibrant, swirling colors, which intermingle time and character. For Báez, “identity is malleable, negotiated,” and given strength by the female body and mythology of her being.

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Sat 01

Exhibition: Simone Leigh: Brick House

For the inaugural High Line Plinth, centered on the Spur and the newly opened terminus of the High Line public space on Manhattan’s West Side, Simone Leigh presents Brick House, a sixteen-foot-tall bronze bust of a Black woman, whose torso is conflated with the forms of a skirt and a clay house. The sculpture references numerous […]

For the inaugural High Line Plinth, centered on the Spur and the newly opened terminus of the High Line public space on Manhattan’s West Side, Simone Leigh presents Brick House, a sixteen-foot-tall bronze bust of a Black woman, whose torso is conflated with the forms of a skirt and a clay house. The sculpture references numerous architectural styles from Africa and the southern US, informing both formal elements of the work and its conceptual framework.

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Sun 26

Exhibitions: Where Oceans Meet

An exhibition of modern and contemporary art that resonates with the pioneering thought of two Caribbean writers: Lydia Cabrera and Edouard Glissant. The exhibition—curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Asad Raza, Gabriela Rangel, and Rina Carvaja. Although coming from different places and parts of the world, the artists in this exhibition share this foundational space that […]

An exhibition of modern and contemporary art that resonates with the pioneering thought of two Caribbean writers: Lydia Cabrera and Edouard Glissant. The exhibition—curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Asad Raza, Gabriela Rangel, and Rina Carvaja.

Although coming from different places and parts of the world, the artists in this exhibition share this foundational space that simultaneously separates and connects them. Echoing the literary, anthropological, and philosophical work of Cabrera and Glissant, their art interrogates how borders shape identities and negotiate imaginary spaces. Their inquiries resonate across mediums and genres, and attempt to answer urgent questions that concern us all today.

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Fri 31

Exhibition: Tessa Mars: Manman zile: Île modèle / Island template

This exhibition offers an exploration of island and urban lifestyle through the Haitian experience. It takes Haiti, with its singular history, as a subject of study, to understand issues related to “insularity” both inside and outside the boundaries of the territory. It reflects the experience of Haitians, and seeks to determine how different power relationships […]

This exhibition offers an exploration of island and urban lifestyle through the Haitian experience. It takes Haiti, with its singular history, as a subject of study, to understand issues related to “insularity” both inside and outside the boundaries of the territory. It reflects the experience of Haitians, and seeks to determine how different power relationships shape our island societies, sometimes violently.

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Wed 01

Project: Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio

A public art project organized by Miguel Luciano, with support from the Surdna Foundation, A Blade of Grass, and El Museo del Barrio, this installation explores the activist history of the Young Lords in East Harlem through the photography of Hiram Maristany. Historic photographs of activist moments in East Harlem are installed at site-specific locations throughout the […]

A public art project organized by Miguel Luciano, with support from the Surdna Foundation, A Blade of Grass, and El Museo del Barrio, this installation explores the activist history of the Young Lords in East Harlem through the photography of Hiram Maristany
Historic photographs of activist moments in East Harlem are installed at site-specific locations throughout the neighbourhood. Walking tours and a reception in June, and the project remains installed all summer.

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Wed 01

Exhibition: Engel Leonardo: Farol

Employing Falvio de Carvahlo’s modernist proposal for the 1928 competition for a celebratory Lighthouse for Columbus and the ‘discovery’ of the Americas, as a starting point for the exhibition. According to the story, Carvalho’s returns to Rio de Janeiro with his proposal, where in 1930 the jury for the competition took place and included Frank Lloyd […]

Employing Falvio de Carvahlo’s modernist proposal for the 1928 competition for a celebratory Lighthouse for Columbus and the ‘discovery’ of the Americas, as a starting point for the exhibition. According to the story, Carvalho’s returns to Rio de Janeiro with his proposal, where in 1930 the jury for the competition took place and included Frank Lloyd Wright and Elieel Saarinen as jurors. Leonardo’s exhibition invites us to think of the museum as a lighthouse through which we can reconsider Carvalho’s proposal. Furthermore,  through a series of abstract works, Leonardo invites the viewer to see the cosmovision of the original cultures of the American continent in a new light.  The show is curated by Pablo Leon de la Barra and Raphael Fonseca. 

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Wed 01

Exhibition: Rodrigo Valenzuela: Screen Series

Rodrigo Valenzuela’s work is part of the New Museum Screen Series. In his videos and photo-based works, Valenzuela addresses issues and experiences common to working-class people living in the United States, paying special attention to recent immigrants and those of Latinx heritage. Valenzuela, who immigrated to the US and worked odd jobs as an undocumented […]

Rodrigo Valenzuela’s work is part of the New Museum Screen Series.

In his videos and photo-based works, Valenzuela addresses issues and experiences common to working-class people living in the United States, paying special attention to recent immigrants and those of Latinx heritage.
Valenzuela, who immigrated to the US and worked odd jobs as an undocumented laborer before returning to school to study art, brings to his works a keen awareness of the challenges faced by people who have entered the country in the hope of a better life. He often works with non-actors on unscripted scenes, constructing his videos through an editing process that highlights the way individual and collective experiences exist in communion or in tension with one another.

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Fri 28

Book Launch: The Collected Poems of Édouard Glissant

The new volume collects and translates—most for the first time— nine volumes of poetry published by Édouard Glissant. Available at the end of June. Glissant is one of the great writers of the twentieth century, his poems bring to life “an archipelago-like reality,” partaking of the exchanges between Europe and its former colonies, between humans and […]

The new volume collects and translates—most for the first time— nine volumes of poetry published by Édouard Glissant. Available at the end of June. 
Glissant is one of the great writers of the twentieth century, his poems bring to life “an archipelago-like reality,” partaking of the exchanges between Europe and its former colonies, between humans and their geographies, between the poet and the natural world. Reciting and re-creating histories of the African diaspora, Columbus’s “discovery” of the New World, the slave trade, and the West Indies, Glissant underscores the role of poetic language in irrevocably changing both past and present. As translator Jeff Humphries wrote in his Introduction, Glissant’s poetry embraced the aesthetic creed of the French symbolists Mallarmé and Rimbaud (“The poet must make himself into a seer”) and aims at nothing less than a hallucinatory experience of imagination in which the differences among poem, reader, and subject dissolve into one immediate present. 

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Sat 29

Exhibition: PUNCH

Punch features 33 artists who examine contemporary culture and society through the lens of figuration. Curated by Nina Chanel Abney, the exhibition focuses on artists in Abney’s circle whose work embraces the hybridity of the contemporary art discourse, exploring connections and disconnections between culture and subculture, figuration and abstraction, and the physical and the digital.Artists […]

Punch features 33 artists who examine contemporary culture and society through the lens of figuration. Curated by Nina Chanel Abney, the exhibition focuses on artists in Abney’s circle whose work embraces the hybridity of the contemporary art discourse, exploring connections and disconnections between culture and subculture, figuration and abstraction, and the physical and the digital.
Artists participating in Punch include Monica Kim Garza (Mexican/Korean American); Lucia Hierro (Dominican-American); Gabriella Sanchez (Mexican-American) and more.

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Wed 01

Exhibition: Johan Phillips: OtrosOjos

Questions of documentation, registration as well as how these are represented and who gets access to such objects is the focus of this exhibition, curated by Marga Sequeira. In this exhibition a game is created, focusing on what hides and reveals the necessity to create a document to preserve an event. The document, is usually referred […]

Questions of documentation, registration as well as how these are represented and who gets access to such objects is the focus of this exhibition, curated by Marga Sequeira. 
In this exhibition a game is created, focusing on what hides and reveals the necessity to create a document to preserve an event. The document, is usually referred to an “official” representation, yet this is nothing more than a mediation exercise. The form and selection of mediation are determined by someone, who will make it permanent and fixate it. The reduction of multiple pairs of eyes that witness an event and the multiple lenses that capture it, which in the end are reduced to only one final image. 

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Wed 01

Exhibition: Sebastião Salgado: Genesis

Salgado depicts the earth as a creation of overwhelming beauty and thus sharpens our awareness of its preciousness. The exhibition closes at the end of the month. On over 30 journeys to all corners of the world, the French-Brazilian has created a photographic essay that simultaneously documents the majesty and the vulnerability of our environment. Salgado […]

Salgado depicts the earth as a creation of overwhelming beauty and thus sharpens our awareness of its preciousness. The exhibition closes at the end of the month. 
On over 30 journeys to all corners of the world, the French-Brazilian has created a photographic essay that simultaneously documents the majesty and the vulnerability of our environment. Salgado has sailed across oceans, scaled mountains, and crossed deserts. He has observed animals and met indigenous peoples in his endeavor to capture their environment and culture. The exhibition is a dramatic manifesto that not only touches visitors with its opulent black-and-white photographs, but also raises open questions about how we deal with the planet.

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Wed 12

Exhibition: Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers

A major new exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond.Beginning with the radical Black filmmaker Horace Ové and his dynamic circle of Windrush generation creative peers and extending to today’s brilliant young Black talent globally, a group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists will showcase work together for the first time, exploring […]

A major new exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond.Beginning with the radical Black filmmaker Horace Ové and his dynamic circle of Windrush generation creative peers and extending to today’s brilliant young Black talent globally, a group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists will showcase work together for the first time, exploring Black experience and influence, from the post-war era to the present day. 


Artists participating include Lavar Munroe (Bahamian), Jillionaire of Major Lazer (Trinidadian); Che Lovelace (Trinidadian); Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaican); Nari Ward (Jamaican); and many more.

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Sat 01

Panel: A Postcolonial Paradox: Caribbean Art & Economy

This panel examines the postcolonial world of the Caribbean through different lenses — the economy, visual art, and literature. Inspired by the current exhibition, Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox, which looks at the legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean through the work of 10 contemporary artists — whether connected to the Caribbean by […]

This panel examines the postcolonial world of the Caribbean through different lenses — the economy, visual art, and literature. 
Inspired by the current exhibition, Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox, which looks at the legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean through the work of 10 contemporary artists — whether connected to the Caribbean by birth or focused on the region by choice, the exhibiting artists use their work as a means of examining the relationship between the power structure: those who are controlled by it, those who benefit from it, and those who actively seek to liberate themselves from it.

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Fri 31

Exhibition: Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling’s first major retrospective celebrates an artist who constantly pushes the possibilities of paint. This exhibition offers a chance to experience the entirety of Bowling’s 60-year career. It showcases his sensual use of colour and bold experimentation.The exhibition brings together a lifetime of large-scale artworks. It includes key series such as the iconic ‘map […]

Frank Bowling’s first major retrospective celebrates an artist who constantly pushes the possibilities of paint. This exhibition offers a chance to experience the entirety of Bowling’s 60-year career. It showcases his sensual use of colour and bold experimentation.
The exhibition brings together a lifetime of large-scale artworks. It includes key series such as the iconic ‘map paintings’, the visually arresting ‘poured paintings’ made by pouring paint down an inclined surface, and the sculptural paintings of the 1980s evoking riverbeds, all the way to mature work selected from a recent period of explosive productivity. A conference coinciding with the exhibition will take place on June 1 in the Tate Modern galleries. 

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Mon 10

Art Basel Week

The Caribbean presence at this year’s Fairs around the Art Week in Basel, includes El Apartamento (Havana) at Liste and the diverse lineup of galleries and artists at Art Basel, VOLTA, Paper Positions, and more. 

The Caribbean presence at this year’s Fairs around the Art Week in Basel, includes El Apartamento (Havana) at Liste and the diverse lineup of galleries and artists at Art Basel, VOLTA, Paper Positions, and more. 

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Fri 19

Exhibition: Beatriz González: A Retrospective

The first large-scale American retrospective of this Bogotá-based artist’s oeuvre. At 81, González is not only an internationally celebrated Colombian artist but also one of the few extant representatives of the so-called “radical women” generation from Latin America. Despite the fact that it spans over six decades of intensive research, her groundbreaking production is, for […]

The first large-scale American retrospective of this Bogotá-based artist’s oeuvre. At 81, González is not only an internationally celebrated Colombian artist but also one of the few extant representatives of the so-called “radical women” generation from Latin America.

Despite the fact that it spans over six decades of intensive research, her groundbreaking production is, for the most part, unfamiliar to audiences in the United States. One of the most comprehensive displays of the artist’s work to date, this retrospective seeks to remedy this lag by presenting approximately 150 works, with examples from the early 1960s through the present, all of which embody the full scope of González’s career.

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Wed 27

Exhibition: Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing

As a reaction to our current times focused on utilitarianism and profit, Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing presents a selection of curious machines created by artists with the goal of stirring dreams, feelings, critical thinking, and ironies; for seeing what microscopes, telescopes and cartographies cannot show; for flying without taking-off; in short, for […]

As a reaction to our current times focused on utilitarianism and profit, Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing presents a selection of curious machines created by artists with the goal of stirring dreams, feelings, critical thinking, and ironies; for seeing what microscopes, telescopes and cartographies cannot show; for flying without taking-off; in short, for doing the impossible. Organized by Gerardo Mosquera.

Participating artists include Jairo Alfonso, Wim Delvoye, Juan Downey, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Algis Griskevicius, Shih Chieh Huang, José Iraola, William Kentridge, Chico MacMurtrie, Stefana McClure, Arnaldo Morales, Roxy Paine, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Shyu Ruey-Shiann, Adriana Salazar, Johanna Unzueta, and Simón Vega.

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Thu 23

Conference: The Sea is History: Discourses on the Poetics of Relation

The conference and exhibition reflects on the sea and its influences on migration as a fluid, open-ended, and unresolved cultural discourse, particularly in terms of the struggle to address social inequality. Sea currents, like humans, move back and forth connecting countries and continents, through time and history. Likewise, migration and displacement are not limited to […]

The conference and exhibition reflects on the sea and its influences on migration as a fluid, open-ended, and unresolved cultural discourse, particularly in terms of the struggle to address social inequality.

Sea currents, like humans, move back and forth connecting countries and continents, through time and history. Likewise, migration and displacement are not limited to a single geographic region or historical era. These recurring themes in the exhibition relate to a timeframe that begins begins with the trade of enslaved people from Africa and continues until today. As a symbol for movement and flows, the sea is where the world’s intertwined stories and overlapping histories unfold.

Curated and organized by Selene Wendt.

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Fri 26

Exhibition: Colored People Time: Quotidian Pasts

Quotidian Pasts, the second chapter in the three-part exhibition series Colored People Time, reconsiders the trafficking of blackness through the colonial practices of collecting, commodifying, and exhibiting people and objects from the African continent. This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of dialogues addressing these issues. This exhibition, produced in collaboration with the University […]

Quotidian Pasts, the second chapter in the three-part exhibition series Colored People Time, reconsiders the trafficking of blackness through the colonial practices of collecting, commodifying, and exhibiting people and objects from the African continent. This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of dialogues addressing these issues.

This exhibition, produced in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, turns its lens toward early-twentieth-century anthropological displays. The long history of the exploitation of both African people and their cultures is told through the configuration of a few small objects—a photograph, a journal entry, a letter. Featuring a newly commissioned work by the artist Matthew Angelo Harrison, Quotidian Pasts questions: What confers authenticity? How does an object change when dislocated from its time and place within the context of the museum?

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Fri 26

Exhibition: Pictural

Pictural — at opposite poles of a retrospective or an exhaustive panorama of Martinican painting. Brings together artists who question the act of painting, highlighting visual artists who try to conquer new territories of painting, those who explore it, and those who experiment with it: trying new tools, new pigments, new gestures, new insertion in […]

Pictural — at opposite poles of a retrospective or an exhaustive panorama of Martinican painting. Brings together artists who question the act of painting, highlighting visual artists who try to conquer new territories of painting, those who explore it, and those who experiment with it: trying new tools, new pigments, new gestures, new insertion in space, mixed techniques.

The participating artists in Pictural are Victor Anicet, Alain Aumis, Christian Bertin, Julie Bessard, Ernest Breleur, Fabienne Cabord, Michael Caruge, Claude Cauquil, Thierry Cauwet, Hector Charpentier, Chantal Charron, Alain Dumbardon, Fred Eucharis, Jacqueline Fabien, Marie Gautier, Rodrigue Glombard, Habdaphai, Serge Helenon, Thierry Jarrin, Valérie John, René Louise, Louisa Marajo, Raymond Medelice, Christophe Mert, Monique Mirabel, Mounia Orosmane, Kareine Narcisse, Bertin Nivor, Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine, Luz Severino, Karine Taïlamé, Laurent Valère, Dora Vital, and Wolfric.

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Mon 01

Ebony G. Patterson: …for those who are denied…

The inaugural visual artist for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s new residency program, Patterson addresses public, grassroots memorials for otherwise unacknowledged victims of violence, as well as the denial of innocence experienced by these victims, who are oftentimes persons of Color. Working with the museum’s horticulture team, Patterson explores ideas around visibility, dystopia, […]

The inaugural visual artist for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s new residency program, Patterson addresses public, grassroots memorials for otherwise unacknowledged victims of violence, as well as the denial of innocence experienced by these victims, who are oftentimes persons of Color. Working with the museum’s horticulture team, Patterson explores ideas around visibility, dystopia, and notions of innocence.

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Thu 23

Exhibition: Luchita Hurtado

Perhaps best known for her canvases offering disorienting and dizzying perspectives on the female body, this exhibition will be the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition, connecting her historic work with recent pieces. Hurtado was born in Caracas, Venezuela, moved to New York as a child, and befriended leading members of the international avant-garde circles of […]

Perhaps best known for her canvases offering disorienting and dizzying perspectives on the female body, this exhibition will be the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition, connecting her historic work with recent pieces.

Hurtado was born in Caracas, Venezuela, moved to New York as a child, and befriended leading members of the international avant-garde circles of the late 1930s and ’40s, including Man Ray, Isamu Noguchi, and Wifredo Lam. She later moved to Mexico City, San Francisco, and Taos, New Mexico, before settling in Los Angeles in 1951. Her practice has long been interested in the ways humans relate to the nature that is all around us and the cosmos, a through-line that intensified after seeing early images of planet Earth from space in 1946.

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Fri 17

Whitney Biennial 2019

This major event, occurring every two years in New York and with a keen pulse on the global arts community and contemporary trends and sociopolitical situations, will feature 75 artists and collectives for 2019. Participation from the Caribbean and its cultural Diaspora is strong this edition, including artists Eddie Arroyo (Cuban-American), Sofía Gallisá Muriente (Puerto […]

This major event, occurring every two years in New York and with a keen pulse on the global arts community and contemporary trends and sociopolitical situations, will feature 75 artists and collectives for 2019. Participation from the Caribbean and its cultural Diaspora is strong this edition, including artists Eddie Arroyo (Cuban-American), Sofía Gallisá Muriente (Puerto Rican); Simone Leigh (Jamaican-American); Daniel Lind-Ramos (African-Puerto Rican); Las Nietas de Nonó (African-Puerto Rican); nibia pastrana santiago (Puerto Rican); and Gala Porras-Kim (Colombian). Curated by Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta.

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