Six Costa Rican works of art by five artists will be represented in an exposition that will run until January in three museums in New York. The exposition is called “Caribbean Crossroads of the World,” and it opens today. Taking part are the Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum of Harlem.
The works from here that will be on display are “Supervivencia” by Juan Ramón Bonilla (1910); “Bananales” by Teodorico Quirós (1945); “Yolanda” by Margarita Bertheau (1943); “El olmo que dio peras” (1936) and “Nación libre y soberana, en sentido figurado” (1937) by Emilia Prieto and “Homenaje a Monseñor Romero” (1983) de Rafael Ottón Solís,
The works are from the collection of the Museo de Arte Costarricense.
The exposition will feature 400 works by 350 artists to show the influences of Europe, North America and the Caribbean in the transformation of the region.
Said the Museo del Barrio:
“The exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World is the
culmination of nearly a decade of collaborative research and scholarship organized by El Museo del Barrio in conjunction with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Presenting work at the three museums and accompanied by an ambitious range of programs and events, Caribbean: Crossroads offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the diverse and impactful cultural history of the Caribbean basin and its diaspora. More than 500 works of art spanning four centuries illuminate changing aesthetics and ideologies and provoke meaningful conversations about topics ranging from commerce and cultural hybridity to politics and pop culture.”
The other artists represented are a litany of modern masters, including Paul Gauguin, John James Audubon and Héctor Hyppolite.
The exposition is divided into six sections that address different aspects of the region. Said the Museo:
The exposition reflects on the economic developments of the Caribbean, focusing on the shift from plantation systems and commodities such as sugar, tobacco, and banana to the energy and tourism industries, which have had tremendous aesthetic and social impact while proving to be a source of wealth and conflict.