Miami hosts 'Caribbean: Crossroads of the World'

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2014 at 11:54 am •  Published: April 18, 2014
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When "Caribbean: Crossroads of the World" debuted two years ago at El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City was heralded as "one of the largest Caribbean cities." In its perhaps more natural home in Miami, the exhibit is complemented by other installations highlighting this city's Caribbean connections.

A fleet of colorful boats and rafts by Guyana-raised artist Hew Locke greets visitors to the waterfront museum with a subtle nod to the migrants that routinely try to reach Florida by sea. A separate gallery currently is dedicated to large-scale, glittering landscapes by Haitian-born Edouard Duval-Carrie, whose studio is in the heart of Miami's Little Haiti.

Duval-Carrie has a pink-tinged portrait of Haitian revolutionary hero Toussaint L'Ouverture in "Caribbean: Crossroads of the World," and he has explored themes similar to Fuentes' in a series of "Global Caribbean" exhibits at the Little Haiti Cultural Center over the last five years. He hopes to see PAMM develop a specialty in Caribbean arts and complement Miami's growth as an international gateway.

"New York might be the biggest Caribbean city, but it's also biggest, you know, whatever — the biggest European, the biggest Jewish, the biggest this, the biggest that. At least we have a particularity here," Duval-Carrie said. "Truly, the city has become a very important gathering point for all of the people in the Caribbean, to the point that even the airplanes, to travel from one island to the next, stop in Miami no matter how far it gets."

"Caribbean: Crossroads of the World" runs at PAMM through Aug. 17.

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