Caribbean Crossroads

caribbean crossroadsLatino and Caribbean art is largely ignored in most mainstream museums. El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem was founded in order to provide a venue that highlights these under-represented art forms. The curators of El Museo work to “collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the art and artifacts of Caribbean and Latin American cultures for posterity.” They also provide educational opportunities for the community, expand knowledge of Latino and Caribbean art forms, and foster interest and passion in young community members.

El Museo del Barrio, along with Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, is featuring an exhibit entitled Caribbean: Crossroads of the World.  Displaying 500 pieces of art from over 400 years, the exhibit takes the viewer on a three-museum exploration of “…the diverse and impactful cultural history of the Caribbean basin and its diaspora.” The exhibit touches on topics ranging from cultural hybridity to politics to pop culture. It is broken up into five sections based on theme, such as Shades of History – which discusses the history of race in the Caribbean – or Patriot Acts – which discusses creole culture and identity.