Calendar: Caribbean: Crossroads of the World Symposium: Transnational Histories

Event Description

Transnational Histories consists of four panels that correspond to the central themes of the exhibition: Fluid Motions, Counterpoints, Shades of History, and Kingdoms of this World. These panels bring together exceptional scholars, curators, and artists, who respond to diverse geographical, chronological, and cultural contexts of the Caribbean.

Each panel will pair a scholar or curator  with an artist. Each of the participants will present an individual paper or talk on the given topic and then have a moderated conversation with one another. The symposium will begin with a Thursday evening reception to celebrate the exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, during which the public will see the first act of a two part performance by artist Akuzuru. The second act will take place during the symposium on Friday.

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, April 24, 6-9
Opening Celebrating for Caribbean: Crossroads of the World
7-8pm “TRANCE -FORMATIONS: Doucement……l’Eau por L’ORI”
Ak-t 1 Body Aphorisms
Performance by Akuzuru

Friday, April 25
1:30-2pm Introductory remarks by Thom Collins, PAMM Director, and Elvis Fuentes, Independent curator and art historian

2-4pm – Panel I: Fluid Motions
Gabriela Rangel, Director of Visual Arts and Curator, Americas Society, New York, and Marc Latamie, artist; moderated by Elvis Fuentes

4:30-5:30pm “TRANCE-FORMATIONS: Doucement……l’Eau por L’ORI”
Ak-t 2 The Knowing
Performance by Akuzuru

6-8pm Panel 2: Counterpoints
Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Curator, El Museo del Barrio, New York, and Annalee Davis, artist; moderated by Tobias Ostrander, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, PAMM

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Saturday, April 26
11am-1pm – Panel 3: Shades of History
Erica James, Assistant Professor in the Departments of The History of Art and African American Studies, Yale University, New Haven and Firelei Báez, artist; moderated by María Elena Ortiz, Curatorial Assistant, PAMM

1-2pm –Lunch Break (Lunch not provided) 

2-4pm– Panel 4: Kingdoms of this World
Patricia Saunders, Associate Professor of English, University of Miami and Ryan Oduber, artist; moderated by Diana Nawi, Associate Curator, PAMM

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Central Themes

Panel 1: Fluid Motions
Fluid Motions examines the complexities of the geographical and geopolitical realities of a region made up of islands and coastal areas, connected and separated by bodies of water, where human and natural forces collide. As a point of encounter between world powers, the Caribbean has continually experienced the movement of people, goods, and ideas.

Panel 2: Counterpoints
Counterpoints reflects on the economic developments of the Caribbean, focusing on the historic dominance of plantation systems and the exportation of commodities such as sugar, tobacco, and fruit to the emergence of the oil and tourism industries. Proving to be a consistent source of wealth and conflict in the region, these economic forces have had a tremendous aesthetic and social impact.

Panel 3: Shades of History
Shades of History offers a broad perspective on the various ways artists have explored the significance and relevance of race to the history and visual culture of the Caribbean. Since the Haitian Revolution, a pivotal event in the region that reverberated on an international scale, discussions of Caribbean selfhood and identity have encompassed issues of human rights, social status, national identity, and beauty. The artists in this section explore the history and legacy of cultural hybridity and race in the Caribbean.

Panel 4: Kingdoms of this World
Kingdoms of this World considers the variety of people, languages, art forms, and religions that co-exist in the Caribbean. The spiritual practices, popular music and dance genres, newly created dialects, and Carnival which have emerged from the diffusion and reconciliation of different cultures converging in the region have proven rich territory for artistic exploration.

Panelist Bios