Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will open The Expanded Caribbean: Contemporary Photograph at the Crossroads, an exhibition of over 50 photographs and four related sculptural and video installations this fall.
The exhibition features work by 16 emerging and established artists with projects based in several different nations and communities neighboring the Caribbean Sea. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28. The exhibition will run Tuesday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Dec. 10. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The exhibition brings together images that document, interrogate, challenge, and otherwise engage the meaning of place in areas with a rich and complex history as a target of exploration and conquest, voluntary and forced migration, trade, travel, and tourism. Responding variously to cultural, historical, mythological, and personal aspects the region, artists initiate dialogues about how events of the past inform contemporary experience in a continually shifting and evolving environment.
The exhibition considers the greater Caribbean region to be a shared environment and it features artists with a range of heritages and cultural experiences. Artists include Byron Wolfe; William Earle Williams; Ron Tarver; Kara Springer; Ivette Spradlin; Sheena Rose; Erika P. Rodríguez; Tony Rocco; Karyn Olivier; Conrad Louis-Charles; Matt Levitch; O’Neil Lawrence; Adrián Fernández; John E. Dowell, Jr.; Vincent Dixon; and Susan S. Bank.
A print and electronic catalog that will include images of all works as well as contextual scholarly essays by Mimi Sheller, PhD, professor of Sociology in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences and Susanna W. Gold, PhD, art historian and curator of the exhibit will accompany the display.
A November book signing from Byron Wolf and Susan S. Bank will take place in November.
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