Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago


“Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago”—curated by Tatiana Flores (Department of art History, Rutgers University) and supported by Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA—will be on view from September 16, 2017 to January 28, 2018 at the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) in Long Beach, California (628 Alamitos Avenue).

Featuring over eighty artists from the Hispanophone, Anglophone, Francophone, and Dutch Caribbean, “Relational Undercurrents” will emphasize the thematic continuities of art made throughout the archipelago and its diasporas, challenging conventional geographic and conceptual boundaries of Latin America. Artists include Allora & Calzadilla (Puerto Rico), Janine Antoni (Bahamas), Humberto Díaz (Cuba), David Gumbs (St. Martin), Nadia Huggins (St. Vincent), and Jorge Pineda (Dominican Republic).

Description: Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, curated by Dr. Tatiana Flores for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, is a major survey exhibition of twenty-first century art of the Caribbean that employs the archipelago as an analytical framework. Working against traditional understandings of the Caribbean as discontinuous, isolated, and beyond comprehension as a result of its heterogeneous populations, multiple linguistic traditions, and diverse colonial histories, Relational Undercurrents locates thematic continuities in the art of the Caribbean islands. The exhibition is divided into four thematic sections: Conceptual Mappings, Perpetual Horizons, Landscape Ecologies and Representational Acts and features artists whose works have informed and shaped those themes. With over eighty artists and occupying the entire museum space, Relational Undercurrents includes painting, installation art, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. It is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalogue with commissioned essays by scholars and curators.

[Shown above: David Gumbs’ “Water Dreams”.]

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