Drawn from El Museo del Barrio’s wide-ranging permanent collection, this exhibition features works that explore the vast diversity and complexity of the Caribbean basin and contribute a dialogue to the exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (June 12, 2012-January 8, 2013). In collaboration with Studio Museum in Harlem and Queens Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio will present its ground-breaking Caribbean exhibition, which explores the art, culture and history of the region from the time of the Haitian Revolution (c. 1791) to the present. This installation of permanent collection objects takes a narrative approach to some of the themes developed in the larger exhibition, exploring the connections between personal experiences and visual expressions. These artworks are a reflection of the human condition: movement from one place to another, creating epic narratives from personal stories, sharing one’s love for a lost homeland. As the title implies, the islands, the coastlines and the waters that unite them are all part of this study.

Gustavo Acosta (b. Havana, Cuba 1958); Juan Alindato (b. Ponce, Puerto Rico 1921; d. 2010); Alexandre Arrechea (b. Trinidad, Cuba 1970; lives in Madrid); Charles Biasiny-Rivera (b. Bronx, New York 1930; lives in New York); Angel Botello (b. Spain 1913; d. Puerto Rico 1986); Jonathan Brand (b. Bennington, Vermont 1933; lives in Bennington, Vermont); Roger Cabán (b. Isabela, Puerto Rico 1942; lives in New York); Humberto Calzada (b. Havana, Cuba 1944; lives in Florida); Rafael Collazo (b. San Juan, Puerto Rico 1943; d. New York 1990); Papo Colo (b. Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Rico 1947; lives in New York); Felipe Dante (b. New York 1934; lives in New York); Marcos Dimas (b. Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico 1943; lives in New York); Préfète Duffaut (b. Cyvadier, Haiti 1923; lives in Jacmel, Haiti); Edouard Duval Carrié (b. Port-au-Prince, Haiti 1954; lives in Miami); Aimée García Marrero (b. Limonar, Cuba 1972); Beatríz González (b. Bucaramanga, Colombia 1938; lives in Bogotá, Colombia); Asilia Guillén (b. Granada, Nicaragua 1887; d. 1964); Stephen F. Harmon (b. United States 1943); Anna Ruth Henriques (b. Kingston, Jamaica 1967; lives in New York); Cristina Hernández Botero (b. Bogotá, Colombia 1977; lives in New York); Miriam Hernández (b. Santurce, Puerto Rico 1947; lives in New York); Charles Juhasz-Alvarado (b. Philippines, 1965; lives in San Juan); Wifredo Lam (b. Sagúa la Grande, Cuba 1902; d. 1982); Magno Laracuente (b. Dominican Republic 1959); Guido Llinás (b. Pinar del Rio, Cuba 1923; d. Paris 2005); Christopher López (b. Bronx, New York 1984); Malika (b. Santurce, Puerto Rico 1968; lives in New York); Antonio Martorell (b. Santurce, Puerto Rico 1939; lives in Ponce and New York); Rossana Martinez
(b. Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1969; lives in Puerto Rico); Ana Mendieta (b. Havana, Cuba 1948; d. New York 1985); Francisco Manuel Oller y Cestero (b. San Juan, Puerto Rico 1833; d. 1917); Carlos Osorio (b. Caguas, Puerto Rico 1927; d. Puerto Rico 1984); Pepón Osorio (b. Santurce, Puerto Rico 1955; lives in Philadelphia); Larry Racioppo (b. Brooklyn 1947; lives in Brooklyn); Carlos Raquel Rivera (b. Yauco, Puerto Rico 1923; d. San Juan, Puerto Rico 1999); Jaime Romano (b. San Juan, Puerto Rico 1942; lives in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico); Milton Rosa-Ortiz (b. Santurce, Puerto Rico 1967; lives in Brooklyn); José Rosa Castellanos (b. San Juan, Puerto Rico 1939); Federico Ruiz (b. Ponce, Puerto Rico 1952; lives in Medellín, Colombia); Baruj Salinas (b. Havana, Cuba 1938; lives in Barcelona); Emilio Sánchez (b. Camagüey, Cuba 1921; d. New York 1999); Marvin W. Schwartz (b. United States); Hilario Silva (b. Dominican Republic; lives in New York); Carmelo Sobrino (b. Manatí, Puerto Rico 1948; lives in Bayamón, Puerto Rico); José Angel Toirac (b. Guantánamo, Cuba 1966); Nitza Tufiño (b. México, D.F., Mexico 1949; lives in South Orange, New Jersey); Rafael Tufiño (b. Brooklyn, 1922; d. 2008); Gerard Valcin (b. Port-au-Prince, Haiti 1924; d. 1988); Pierre Joseph Valcin (b. Port-au-Prince, Haiti 1925; d. 2000); Manuel Vega (b. New York 1956); Julio Zadik (b. Guatemala 1916; d. 2002); and Jorge Zeno (b. Washington, DC 1956).