Sunday, March 18, 2018

Global South Updates

Global Bureau: Joan Duran + Yasser Musa: Z / Z Updates: Click for More
Portraits of Influence in Spanish New Orleans, 1785-1802 by Josef de Salazar y Mendoza / Ogden Museum. "Ultimately, it was New Orleans' global, often exotic citizenry that made it such a rich milieu for portrait painters and nowhere is that more evident than in Salazar's portrait of Marianne Celeste Dragon, a Creole of French and Greek ancestry whose charismatic presence epitomized the social mutability of this city's unusually prominent mixed race community. Swathed in blue silk and pearls, she lives on as a kind of Louisiana Mona Lisa, mysterious not for her coyness, but because she appears so completely at ease with who she was, in a place and time unlike any other..." More>>

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Tout-Monde Festival: Miami: March 1 - 12

"Opening up to the Caribbean is opening up to the world," 
Édouard Glissant (1928-2011)

The Tout-Monde Festival, March 1 - 12, presents contemporary productions from the Caribbean, spanning across all fields: visual and performing arts, music, dance, theatre, film and literature. Reflecting the spirit and philosophy of Edouard Glissant's  "Tout-Monde” view of the relation between territories, cultures and individuals as multiple roots in one “whole world”— the festival connects the United States and the wider Caribbean region with emphasis on the meaning of the “Tout-Monde” today. Curated by two internationnally renowned French Caribbean curators, Johanna Auguiac and Claire Tancons, and directed by the Cultural Attaché of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the USA, Vanessa Selk, the first edition of the festival will center on the theme of Hétéronomonde, confronting ideas of heteronomy and autonomy within the Tout-Monde. This edition features 17 artists and authors from the French Antilles—Guadeloupe, French Guyana and Martinique—invited to present their performances, their artwork, but also their films or their published works, in dialogue with 7 other Caribbean artists and authors from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haïti, Puerto-Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. More>>

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Relational Undercurrents: What Binds Art and Ideas in the Polyglot Caribbean?

“These are places that weren’t supposed to be places,” says Trinidadian artist Christopher Cozier. “You have a location where competing European kingdoms created external labor camps to enrich themselves …” The Caribbean has mountains and lowlands; tropical weather and dry. It is home to people who bear indigenous, African, European and Asian roots and speak English, Dutch, Spanish, French and Kreyol. Over the centuries, its myriad nations have been governed by colonial authority, monarchy, democracy, dictatorship... Relational Undercurrents  doesn’t seek to define the Caribbean, nor to capture the breadth of its experience. Instead, it zooms in on points of connection, looking for ideas that bind, rather than the red lines that divide. The result is built around themes that transcend language, politics and the old colonial divides — and that pierce the trope of island paradise. More >>

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Prospect.4 New Orleans Triennial: The Lotus, the Swamp and the Interconnectedness of All Things

Katastwóf Karavan by Kara Walker

Ghost Ship by Katherine Bradford
The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, the title of Prospect.4, the latest iteration of the Prospect New Orleans international art triennial, is as colorfully mysterious as its name implies. Like its predecessors, starting with Prospect founder Dan Cameron's stellar, critically acclaimed Prospect.1 in 2008-09, Prospect.4 makes the city itself part of the show — sometimes to an extent that makes it hard to tell where the art begins and the city recedes. While it also has its share of art stars, Prospect.4's artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker, curator at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art, saw the city's upcoming 300th birthday as a way to artistically reunite the city with the broader world that made it a global city almost from the start.

"New Orleans is the most European and the most African city in the United States," Schoonmaker said while overseeing installation of works at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). "It is called the northernmost Caribbean city and is still distinctly of, and in, the American South ... " Indeed, many of their works were created with this city's tumultuous history in mind. As Mayor Mitch Landrieu notes in his catalog essay, Prospect.4 "connects over three centuries of history through the work of 70-plus contemporary artists who have responded to the city's unique cultural and natural landscape ... Drawing synergistic parallels between New Orleans and other parts of the world, P.4 aims to illuminate the interconnectedness of all things, both seen and unseen." Continued>>

Water Tables by Jennifer Odem