Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Art of Caribbean Exchange, in Gold, Stone or Hardwood

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Jason Fargo
Gold figure pendant made by the Tairona people in north Colombia, 10th-16th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
If you want to make sense of the Caribbean, you had better prepare for some island-hopping: This is a place where not just people but ideas and images are constantly on the move. That’s the premise and the appeal of “Arte del Mar: Art of the Caribbean,” a concentrated showcase at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that plunges visitors into a sea of archipelagic thinking. It is the Met’s first show to reckon with the Caribbean as its own zone of contact, and includes not only art from the West Indies — specifically on the island of Hispaniola — but also from the Caribbean-facing coasts of mainland Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia. [More]

Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Arte Del Mar: Art of the Caribbean" (Through Jan. 10, 2021); 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York; 212-535-7710; metmuseum.org