Maria Elena González and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz join "Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago"

May 31 2018 - Sep 23 2018


Columbia University Lenfest Center for the Arts. 615 West 129th Street
New York City, NY

Opening Reception:

May 31 2018

Despite the various colonial histories of the islands represented, this exhibition highlights thematic continuities within contemporary art of the Caribbean. Relational Undercurrents encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation and performance, grouping the works into four thematic sections: Conceptual Mappings, Perpetual Horizons, Landscape Ecologies and Representational Acts. Among the artists featured in the exhibition are Allora & Calzadilla, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Tony Capellán, Christopher Cozier, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Maria Elena González, Marlon Griffith, Quisqueya Henríquez and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. González's work includes "Fishing Pole" and mobile "7." Curator Tatiana Flores has written, “The exhibition draws analogies to initiatives in literary studies that seek to locate a distinct Caribbean poetics…in spite of the narrative of difference, fragmentation and heterogeneity that dominates the popular imaginary.” "Since New York enjoys one of the largest pan-Caribbean populations in the world, it's crucial to engage with the rich contemporary art connected to our city,” said Deborah Cullen, director and chief curator of the Wallach Art Gallery. “This exhibition also provides students and scholars a special opportunity to access English, Dutch, French and Spanish production all in one place."

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