Looking Back on Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago:
In 2017, Tatiana Flores curated a major survey exhibition of contemporary Caribbean art for the Getty Foundation’s PST: LA/LA, a funding initiative to support exhibitions of Latino and Latin American art in Southern California museums and art institutions. Presented at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago included over eighty artists from the Caribbean islands and their diasporas and employed an archipelagic approach, inspired by the writings of Édouard Glissant and other Caribbean thinkers. It sought to expand both the continental bias and the conceptual borders of “Latin” America by featuring artists from the non-Hispanophone Caribbean. In this talk, Flores will discuss the exhibition through the lens of decolonial thought, curatorial activism, and antiracist advocacy.
About Tatiana Flores
Tatiana Flores is Professor in the Departments of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Art History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Director of Rutgers’ Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities. She is the author of the award-winning book Mexico’s Revolutionary Avant-Gardes: From Estridentismo to ¡30-30! (2013) and curator of the critically acclaimed exhibition Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago (2017). A 2017-18 Getty Scholar, Flores received the 2016 Arts Writers book prize from the Andy Warhol Foundation and was the 2007-2008 Cisneros Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. She previously served as president of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) and is co-editor of the forthcoming volume The Routledge Companion to Decolonizing Art History.