A water motif dominates the final chapter of this fulsome exhibition. Introduced by a gorgeously simple video of artist Janine Antoni literally tightrope walking across the Caribbean's horizon line, the Queens Museum appropriately underscores the oceanic flow of generations of tropically inspired talent. Fittingly, this last leg of "Crossroads" proves both the largest and most democratic. A Romare Bearden collage sprinkled with Matissean accents sits cheek by jowl with Sandra Ramos's riff on Robert Delaunay's concentric painting. Newcomer Sheena Rose's streaming animation shares wall space with a luminous waterscape by Armando Reverón, Venezuela's late answer to J.M.W. Turner. Surprisingly, even the museum's famed Panorama of the History of New York gets into the act. A tourist attraction turned found canvas for Puerto Rican artist Melquiades Rosario Sastre's installation The Fleet (1985), its model waterways serve as the perfect staging ground for the artist's floating immigrant islands.

Arguably, "Crossroads of the World," and the book that accompanies it, will define all other subsequent Caribbean surveys for years to come. A popular, intergenerational, and entertainingly historical show, it lets artists talk to one another across the ages. Interested viewers, most especially kindred New Yorkers, should rush to listen in.

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, 212-831-7272, elmuseo.org; The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, 212-864-4500, studiomuseum.org; Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, 718-592-9700, queensmuseum.org

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Zeech
Zeech

I normally go back to TT every year for carnival, but this year when I left London it was for the Exhibition. Truely an inspiring exhibition the images, the memories I felt from stories from my plantation grand ma, and to be honest for highlighting the Ignorance I like many island kids have about the caribbean, we know more about muddercuntry england than our island neighbours. So for the records, I swopped out the TT bead n bikini Carnival which plays out like Birth of a Nation for this Conscious and Progressive exhibition - which has got me back to relearning Spanish and French.

 

Zaira Simone
Zaira Simone

This is one of the best caribbean exhibits I have ever seen, especially the collection at the Queens Museum!

Susan Mains
Susan Mains

The art world is looking with open eyes at the Caribbean--let's be ready!

Jibaro
Jibaro

And it is most offensive act against the Puerto Rican community that created the Museo del Barrio, its non Puerto Rican adminstrators chose to hide what was most impostant to our community: the Santos de Palo that for many years welcomed its visitors. another example of how the non PR Latinos, once they benefit from our work and institutions, choose to betray our history and people.

 
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