Caribbean Arts + Culture Hub Caribbeing’s Mobile Exhibit


NYCity Black writes that cultural project Caribbeing is bringing back its mobile exhibit “Caribbeing House” this summer, with celebration in the Flatbush neighborhood now known as Little Caribbean. The arts space opens on June 22 at 5:00pm, with rare Jean-Michael Basquiat photos and art objects from the collection of Alexis Adler. The “house” will be at Parkside Plaza, just south of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York. NYCity Black reports:

Caribbeing is returning to its roots this summer.

The arts + culture hub has brought back their mobile exhibit “Caribbeing House” to the Flatbush neighborhood, a sort of homecoming for the organization. First introduced in Flatbush, the mobile shipping container has moved to several places around New York, including two appearances at the Brooklyn Museum as well as block parties, design/art fairs, and community gatherings.

Flatbush, home of the new “Little Caribbean” neighborhood, is where Caribbeing was “born and raised” according to the organization’s founder, Shelley Worrell. This month, the mobile exhibit returns to a new location at Parkside Plaza, just south of Prospect Park.

Caribbeing House is an innovative space through which artists can curate exhibits within a repurposed shipping container with floor to ceiling windows, a chic raw interior and bespoke flooring. New exhibits are installed monthly, with corresponding art and cultural activities occurring throughout the summer, fall and holiday season. Activities include curated cultural experiences, trunk shows, film screenings, book readings, dance workshops, Caribbean-themed pop-up shops and more. The artistic displays bear a strong connection with the Brooklyn neighborhood and particularly with New York City’s Caribbean immigrant population.

The month-long season opener, which will kick off at a celebratory event June 22 at 5 p.m., will again bring to light rare Jean-Michael Basquiat photos and art objects from the collection of his friend and ex-lover, Alexis Adler. The exhibition, titled “Life With Basquiat,” depicts an experimental period before his meteoric rise in the art world, when Adler lived with Basquiat on East 12th Street in 1979 and 1980. Born in Brooklyn, Basquiat was the child of Caribbean immigrants: his father was Haitian and his mother was Puerto Rican.

“We’re honored to be able to bring home this exhibit celebrating one of Brooklyn’s finest/most well-loved artists,” Worrell said. “Basquiat’s impact on the art world is without parallel.”

In addition to bringing “Life With Basquiat” back to Caribbeing House, Caribbeing is working with Google Cultural Institute to house online the groundbreaking exhibit at

Parkside Plaza Committee agreed to host Caribbeing House as a way to showcase the rich Caribbean culture that is part of the Flatbush community.

“As we are committed to growing the plaza into a space that serves as a community resource for neighbors to engage in a safe, neighborly, and comfortable way, our partnership with Caribbeing will allow us to represent further the variety of cultures in Flatbush through programming and installations that display the varied cultures represented in the community,” said Duane Joseph, spokesperson for Parkside Plaza. “We are excited to collaborate.”

Other exhibitions planned for this season at Caribbeing House include “Provisions” by [Ess Mars] and another Brooklyn Museum Residency featuring “Caribbean Power/Radicalism,” which will explore Caribbean identities and the legacies of contemporary figures such as Julia Alvarez, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Biggie Smalls, Shirley Chisholm, Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey. Artworks will include a site-specific mural on the exterior of the Caribbeing House by the 100 Gates Project ( along with works by emerging artists, including photographs, visual arts, textiles and objects.

“The project is excited to partner with CaribBeing to replicate and bring our public art model to the CaribBeing House and Flatbush,” said Ayana Hosten, public art coordinator of The 100 Gates Project.  “Our initiatives complement each other, both bringing art to unexpected locations that reflect the culture of the communities where they operate.”

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[Photo Credit: Pablo Serrano.]

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