New York, NY (PRWEB) October 09, 2012
In conjunction with the exhibition 'Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,' El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem present a three-day symposium bringing together scholars and practitioners from across the Caribbean and its diaspora.
Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott opens the symposium with a keynote address, “A Part of the Continent, from John Donne.” The evening will also include a theatrical reading of Walcott’s landmark play, Dream on Monkey Mountain, by the Classical Theatre of Harlem with André de Shields reprising his role as Makak.
An accomplished writer, playwright, and scholar, Derek Walcott has published ten revered books of poetry, including The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory, his Nobel lecture which was published in 1992. Walcott has been honored with a plethora of international prizes, including the Queen’s Medal for Poetry (1988).
El Museo’s Executive Director Margarita Aguilar says, “El Museo is proud to lead groundbreaking research into the artistic heritage of a region that scholars have too often overlooked, and is thrilled to deepen scholarship on the Caribbean by further engaging with thought leaders in the field through our Symposium.”
Symposium events will take place at both El Museo del Barrio and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Panel presentations will explore topics drawing from art history, literature, and the political and social history of the Caribbean and its diaspora. Panel speakers include: Dr. Rich Blint, Marc Latamie, Dr. Erica Moiah James, Richard Rawlins, Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, Claire Tancons, and Dr. Krista Thompson.
“The exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World has been an incredible opportunity for our audiences to explore Caribbean culture in breadth and depth. This symposium extends this opportunity even further, inviting leading scholars, curators and writers from around the world to participate in dynamic conversations about art, culture and identity,” says Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem.
In addition, the New International Center of Diverse Artists (NICODA) will present How We Are Connected, a theatrical response to National Geographic’s The Genographic Project. This performance investigates 50,000 years of human history in a theatrical adventure fusing family lore, cultural mythology and scientific revelations about human migration and genealogy.
Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director of the Queens Museum of Art says, “We are all thrilled by the critical and popular reception that Caribbean: Crossroads of the World has garnered, and the communities that it has activated. This project has served as a platform for so many Caribbean artists, and allowed the public to discover the cultural diversity and richness of this region. With this symposium, we will now turn our gaze to the scholars and curators and let them take this discourse to the next level."
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