Forthcoming, Suchitra Mattai: Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s to Today: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

19 November 2022 - 23 April 2023
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Forecast Form is a major group exhibition of contemporary artists of the Caribbean diaspora that is inspired by the concept of weather and its changing forms. Using the weather’s constant movement as a metaphor for artistic practices, this expansive exhibition explores the limitless transformation of art practices of the Caribbean diaspora from abstraction, to portraiture, to landscape, beginning in the early 1990s to the present. Artists with ties to the Caribbean often reference the region’s migratory flows, whether through images, formal processes, or reflection on their own diasporic experiences. The exhibition presents artists that break traditional assumptions of Caribbean culture to reveal complex histories and identities, forging affinities beyond borders. This major exhibition features works by an intergenerational group of artists living and working in the expanded Caribbean Basin, the island nations of the Caribbean, the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Great Britain, and France, including Zilia Sánchez, Donald Rodney, Frank Bowling, Sandra Brewster, Christopher Cozier, Alia Farid, Adán Vallecillo, Julien Creuzet, Lorraine O’Grady, and María Magdalena Campos-Pons, among others. This radical rethinking of the ‘Caribbean art’ exhibition shows that the Caribbean is a place where the past, the present, and the future meet - where continuous exchange forecasts what is to come while remaining grounded in the histories that shape the present.