Mar Caribe (detail), 1996

Tony Capellán

Island Thresholds, Contemporary Art from the Caribbean

On view February 19, 2005 to June 5, 2005

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

The Peabody Essex Museum presents Island Thresholds, Contemporary Art from the Caribbean, an exhibition that brings together four internationally-known artists from the Caribbean: David Boxer (Jamaica), Tony Capellán (Dominican Republic), Kcho (Cuba), and Marc Latamie (Martinique/USA). These artists are as distinct and varied in their approach to their art and use of media as the nations they represent, yet their work is linked by a common theme in the exhibition: the sea as a site of power and its complex role in shaping individual and cultural identity. Island Thresholds is composed of 13 artworks, including large-scale installations using an array of materials-from wood, glass, paper, seawater, and salvaged shoes, to coffee, cocoa, and vanilla-as well as paintings and drawings. The works were made between 1992 and 2004 and include installations made specifically for this exhibition. Island Thresholds opens Feb. 19 and runs through June 5, 2005.

For more information, visit www.pem.org/island, a trilingual (English/Spanish/French) exhibition microsite.

An accompanying catalogue features essays by Island Thresholds curator Sam Scott, PEM’s assistant curator of Maritime Art; René Morales of the Contemporary Art Department, RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island; and poetry by Nobel Prize-winning author Derek Walcott. Walcott will give a talk at the museum on April 28, 2005.

Media Sponsor: The Boston Phoenix

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