The current exhibition on contemporary art from Caribbean countries has received great reviews.
The Cuban Art News has an interview with Elvis Fuentes, coordinating curator of d in New York before coming to Miami in which Elvis talked about the ideas behind the exhibition and the importance of Cuba within the exhibition, including both artists who were still working in Cuba and others who had been born there and had moved elsewhere in the world.
George Fishman of the Miami Herald writes: “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World floods the exhibition spaces of the Pérez Art Museum Miami with a potent and multifarious selection of 180 objects, bearing both clear and obscure connections to the Caribbean. Works in an encyclopedic range of styles, mediums and themes embody fundamental currents of history, social forces, geography and economics. And what better place than Miami to expose them?” As curator Elvis Fuentes says, “Miami is a Caribbean city; there’s no question about it.” He calls it “tumultuous” and “thought-provoking…..Among the preconceptions explored and upended is that of Caribbean artists as unschooled, naïve and unsophisticated. “The Caribbean was post-modern even before post-modernity was a word, because the whole idea of the cannibalism and appropriation of different cultures has been part of the Caribbean since the very onset,” Fuentes said. “So, we think of the syncretic processes that all the Afro-Caribbean religions underwent. It’s really very similar to the whole idea of post-modernity, where you have coexisting images, symbols that are re-signified and used in a very different way.”
The New York exhibition has been amended slightly for its Miami location. Running in parallel with exhibitions from the Museum’s permanent collection, it reinforces the colour, vibrancy and innovation of Caribbean artists and the logical importance of Miami as a centre for the study and appreciation of that art.