Revisiting the Caribbean and Latin America: Contemporary Conversations on Visual Arts


Florida Atlantic University (FAU) presents “Revisiting the Caribbean and Latin America: Contemporary Conversations on Visual Arts” on April 21, 2015, from 3:00 – 5:00pm at the Performing Arts Building (Room 101) at FAU in Boca Raton, Florida.

The panel, moderated by Dr. Mary Ann Gosser-Esquilín (Professor of Spanish & Caribbean Literature, FAU), features speakers María Elena Ortiz (Assistant Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami), Elizabeth Cerejido (former Assistant Curator of Latin American and Latino Art at the Museum of Fine Arts) and Rosie Gordon-Wallace (Founder, Curator, and Director of Diaspora Vibe Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator). This event, free and open to the public, is organized by Juana Valdes (Department of Visual Arts & Art History, FAU) and co-sponsored by Caribbean and Latin American Studies.

Description:  As the United States begins its dialogue to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba and Time magazine features Cuba on their front cover page, we question how this political shift will impact Caribbean and ultimately Latin American art and artists. For the past twenty years, we have seen the rise of international biennials and art fairs moving art and artists throughout the world and creating a global market for art. The Caribbean and Latin America have not stayed behind: the Sao Palo Biennial in Brazil and the Havana Biennial, which is taking place this summer, have both become well-known international destinations for art collectors. Other Latin American countries have followed suit these past few years: the first Nicaragua Biennial, the Central American Biennial, and The International Biennial of Contemporary Art Foundation of Cartagena de Indias. There are fairs in Buenos Aires, ArteBA; Zona Maco, México Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City; ARTBO, the International Art Fair of Bogotá; and Ch.Aco: Chile’s Contemporary Art Fair. All of these fairs and biennials position themselves as quintessential meeting points for the art market in the Caribbean or Latin America.

The panelists will present on their current research and answer questions on contemporary trends in the visual arts. Their conversation will focus on contemporary trends that are emerging in the Caribbean and Latin America as artists and art move across countries and nations following the flow and convergence of biennials and art fairs.

[Image above: Juana Valdes, “Above So Beyond,” 2015 Cyanotype, 16 x 16 inches.]

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