January 20, 1997

Caribbean Visions Graces Middlebury College Museum of Art

Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, an exciting exhibition currently on view in the Museum at the Center for the Arts, surveys 50 years in the art of the Caribbean islands. The exhibition opened in mid-January with a talk and museum tour by Miriam Basilio.

"Visions" demonstrates the abundant diversity of cultural traditions throughout the region. Against the diversity of history, languages and religions among the arts, are more modern themes of landscape, spiritualism, personal identity, and political and social commentary. And, while its extraordinary range and depth will strike most viewers, the curators believe that a shared Caribbean consciousness also thrives in the exhibit. The exhibition was selected by Dr. Samella Lewis, professor emerita of Scripps College of the Associated Colleges of Claremont, California, a leading scholar in the art of the Caribbean and Africa.

Miriam Basilio, a native of New York City, works at the Americas Society in New York on a forthcoming Maria Izquierdo exhibition. She has also performed curatorial assistance to El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of Modern Art, City College Gallery at CUNY, and the Frick Art Reference Library. She received her B.A. at Boston University, her M.A. in museum studies at New York University, and is a Ph.D. candidate studying with Professor Edward Sullivan of the university's Institute of Fine Arts.

The exhibition will run through March 9.