Tracing the Terrain of Contemporary Caribbean Art in Miami, Florida
A Short Lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
FRIDAY, April 13, 2012, 3:15 - 5PM
McEvoy Auditorium, SAAM, Washington DC
If you are in the DC area, please join me for my talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. My talk is in the last session of the day, from 3:15 - 5PM. Of course, you are welcome to attend any or all of the Fellows' Talks. The entire series will take place from April 11 - April 13.
This presentation traces the terrain of contemporary Caribbean art in Miami, Florida, through analysis of artists' work, and sites and spaces of artistic production throughout the city. I discuss the process of conducting ethnographic fieldwork with artists in Miami, and show how Caribbean spaces throughout the city are continually being made and unmade. This ‘unmaking’ is reflected in the artists’ work as they endeavor to make visible what is made to seem invisible. The concept of ‘terrain’ guides this presentation as I discuss not only art objects, but also the context in which these artworks are produced.