Miami Commisioner to celebrate opening of new Caribbean art exhibit

MIAMI – Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle will celebrate the grand opening of Multitudes, the Contemporary Art Center @ TeleAmerica’s inaugural exhibition on Saturday, December 5, 2009.

The exhibit, Caribbean Canvas: Identity in an Era of Globalization, will feature the works of master artists from the multicultural, multilingual region. In total, the 11 artists whose works will be displayed represent Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Cuba, Martinique, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Kitts-Nevis, and Venezuela.

“What I love most about Miami-Dade is how our culture is a rich tapestry of so many nationalities, as is represented in this exhibition,” said Commissioner Rolle. “I look forward to seeing the stories of our Caribbean neighbors as depicted from the eyes of some of our most talented artists.”

The event launch, coinciding with Miami Art Basel, takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the newly built and cutting-edge-equipped center at 5570 NE 4th Avenue in Miami. The artists’ works challenge the established hierarchical order of globalization by highlighting a distinctly Caribbean reading of it not just “as a simple process of cultural homogenization; but always in articulation of the local, the specific of voices, of positioning, of identity, cultural traditions and histories.” Caribbean Canvas also features acclaimed scholars from the region who will be participating in a tandem series of lectures and roundtable discussions on issues in contemporary art.

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