The Delaware Art Museum presents Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago

On View June 22 – September 8, 2019

Wilmington, DE (April 18, 2019) – Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, on view June 22 through September 8, 2019, presents 21st-century art by artists with roots in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Curaçao, Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Martin, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados, and St. Vincent. The exhibition was curated by Tatiana Flores and organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, for the Getty Foundation’s PST: LA/LA initiative.

The Delaware Art Museum is committed to nurturing cultural and civic discourse around art. “This stellar exhibition is diverse in theme, style, and medium,” explains Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art. “The works of art explore themes critical to society today such as race and ethnicity, history, identity, migration, and sustainability.”

Acknowledging the great diversity represented by these various countries, the exhibition explores four thematic continuities found among the region—Conceptual Mappings features alternate forms of drawing to plot groups of related things; Perpetual Horizons views the skyline as a constant force of limitation and possibility; Landscape Ecologies views the Caribbean as a region of shared ecosystems that have witnessed migration, natural disasters, and exploitation; and Representational Acts explores the active process of creating identity in relation to race, gender, and sexuality. Relational Undercurrents is on view in both of the Museum’s main temporary exhibition galleries and features contemporary paintings, installation art, sculpture, photography, video, and performance art by more than 50 artists from the islands of the Caribbean.

A brilliantly designed catalogue featuring scholarly essays on the histories and vibrant artistic creativities of the Caribbean, live performances, and public programs complement the exhibition. The catalogue, along with a number of other related books, can be purchased in the Museum Store.

The exhibition, which debuted at the Museum of Latin American Art in 2017, is part of a broader initiative funded by the Getty Foundation to explore the art of Latin Americans and Latinos in the United States.

Relational Undercurrents Advisory Board

In keeping with the Museum’s goal to be inclusive and relevant, interpretation of the exhibition content and associated programs is being guided by an advisory board of the following local community leaders: Dr. A. Myrna Nurse, Lorraine Badley, Wanda Burgos-Rincon, Thomas H. Grant, Hon. Diane C. Streett, Dr. Sheridan Quarless Kingsberry, Cheryl Thomas, Stephanie Lord, and Brenda Romeus.

Relational Undercurrents Programs and Events

Artist Talks
Join Caribbean artists for a Talk in the special exhibition. Free.

Sunday, June 23, 2:00 p.m.  Juana Valdes
Sunday, June 30, 2:00 p.m.  Scherezade Garcia
Sunday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.  Nicole Awai

Special Exhibition Tours
Tour the special exhibit with a Guide in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole. Free after admission.

English
Saturdays, June 22-Sept. 7, at 2:00 p.m.

Spanish  
Thursdays, August 1 & 22, at 6:00 p.m
Sundays, July 21 & 28, Aug. 11, 18, 25, at 2:00 p.m.

Haitian Creole       
Sundays, July 7 & August 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Los Plenaros de la 21: Thursday, July 11, 8:00 p.m.
Get out your dancing shoes for the infectious sounds of Puerto Rican bomba and plena! After the performance, enjoy a DJ’d dance after party. $30 Members, $35 Non-Members, $25 Students

Fanm D’Ayiti by Nathalie Joachim with the Spektral Quartet: Thursday, July 25, 8:00 p.m.
This project celebrates the women of Haitian song and explores their individual stories as they relate to Afro-Caribbean culture, society, history, and music, by giving them a long deserved international platform. $30 Member, $35 Non-Member, $25 College Student & Youth

African & Caribbean Festival: Saturday, August 3, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate African and Caribbean culture through music, food, and art in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. Step inside for a tour of the special exhibition. Presented with the Delaware African Caribbean Coalition. Free.

Participating Artists Organized by Thematic Sections

Conceptual Mappings
Adler Guerrier, Charles Campbell, Ellen Spijkstra, Ewan Atkinson, Glenda León, Ibrahim Miranda, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Juana Valdes, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Limber Vilorio, Maria Elena González, María Magdalena Campos-Pons,  María Martínez-Cañas and Kim Brown, Nyugen Smith, Samir Bernárdez,  Scherezade Garcia

Perpetual Horizons
Andil Gosine, Blue Curry,  Carlos Martiel, Fausto Ortiz, Fermín Ceballos, Humberto Díaz, Jason Mena, Jeannette Ehlers, Manuel Piña, Marianela Orozco, Nadia Huggins, Quisqueya Henríquez, René Emil Bergsma, Roberto Stephenson

Landscape Ecologies
Allora & Calzadilla, Angel Otero, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado, Christopher Cozier,  David Gumbs, Deborah Jack, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Frances Gallardo, Glenda Salazar Leyva, Jean-Luc de Laguarigue, Marc Latamie, Natusha Croes, Nicole Awai, Ricardo de Armas

Representational Acts
Antonia Wright, Barbara Prézeau, Camille Chedda, David Bade, Didier William, Marlon Griffith, Ernest Breleur, Kishan Munroe, Maksaens Denis, Miguel Luciano, Raquel Paiewonsky, Sandra Stephens and David Sansone, Sasha Huber, Sofía Gallisá Muriente

Exhibition Sponsors
This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, California for the Getty Foundation’s PST: LA/LA initiative. This exhibition is made possible in Delaware by the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund. Additional support was provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency in partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

Press Contact

Please contact Cynthia Smith, Marketing Manager, at csmith@delart.org or 302-351-8514.

About the Delaware Art Museum

For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most important Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom and a growing collection of significant contemporary art.

Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. Visit delart.org to for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.

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