Museums

El Museo del Barrio, Studio Museum, Queens Museum Plan Epic Caribbean Art Show

rabell El Museo del Barrio, Studio Museum, Queens Museum Plan Epic Caribbean Art Show

Arnaldo Roche Rabell, 'We Have to Dream in Blue,' 1986. (Courtesy of Walter Otero Gallery and El Museo del Barrio)

In a charming profile in the Daily News today, El Museo del Barrio curator Rocio Aranda-Alvarado shares some details about “Caribbean, Crossroads of the World,” the gigantic upcoming exhibition of Caribbean art, from ca. 1804 to the present, which will be spread across the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Queens Museum of Art and El Museo del Barrio, beginning in June.

The result of more than two years of extensive research and travel, the show will include some 435 objects and address themes like “tobacco and sugar crops, water, race, and languages,” according to the Daily News. Here’s Ms. Aranda-Alvarado, who is a member of the project’s curatorial time, in the article:

“It’s something that has not been done before… It’s not like there was a gap in the scholarship, because there are many Caribbean scholars. It’s just that there was kind of a need to bring some people together and bring objects together to tell the story.

“We felt it was a great project to focus on because our mission is Latin American, Caribbean and Puerto Rican art.…This exhibit dovetails with our mission and it expands our purview into the non-Spanish-speaking Caribbean.”

Mark your calendars: there will be three separate opening receptions over the course of one week: “El Museo del Barrio, June 12; The Studio Museum on June 14, and Queens Museum of Art on June 17.”

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