Three museums partner on major Caribbean exhibition

Artworks, film and historical artifacts will be on view at El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem starting in June, Miriam Kreinin Souccar reports for Crains New York.

This summer, New York museums are going tropical. In an unprecedented collaboration, El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem will present a major exhibition exploring the art and history of the Caribbean.

The show, Caribbean Crossroads of the World, will kick off during the week of June 12 at all three venues, and will run through the fall. It will feature more than 400 rarely seen artworks from masters as diverse as Paul Gauguin and Arnaldo Roche Rabelle. Films and historic artifacts also will be on view. Loans are still being secured from around the world.

The joint exhibition is a way for the midsize museums to make a splash without breaking the bank. The three institutions jointly raised $1.2 million to cover the costs of the show and are publishing a joint catalog. Attendees will get a break as well: Admission to one museum comes with a free pass to the others.

Tom Finkelpearl, director of the Queens Museum, said the trio has been working on this show for more than five years.

“It’s one of the biggest shows we’ve ever done,” he said. “To do a show of this scale for us, we have to have the fundraising and staff resources of three institutions.

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