Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Written By: Clarissa Leigh

Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today. Via MCA Chicago’s Instagram (@mcachicago)_

Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today is presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago from November 19, 2022 to April 23, 2023. Forecast Form conveys the Caribbean as constituted by diaspora and movement, featuring artists whose work challenges the beliefs of traditional Caribbean culture and its representation. The MCA exhibition is the first large group show to envision contemporary art in the Caribbean diaspora by emphasizing forms that observe identity and place. The exhibit redefines contemporary art of the Caribbean by depicting the region as a historical place that continues to shape the past, present, and future. 

Forecast Form conveys the concept of change by using weather as a metaphor to depict evolving forms and examine artistic activities associated with the Caribbean. The exhibit’s cultural background of the 1990s depicts the social, political, economic, and large-scale developments that cultivated international connections and social upheaval during the decade. At the time, the cultural sector of art exhibitions vastly increased, becoming global, and provoked discussions about identity among people who had experienced institutional oppression. The decade also significantly impacted the production, dissemination, and display of Caribbean art, and the region is regarded as a catalyst of the changing times.

The featured artists who composed and curated the exhibit include Carla Acevedo-Yates, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Iris Colburn, Isabel Casso, and Nolan Jimbo; with essays authored by Carlos Garrido Castellano, Genevieve Hyacinthe, Aaron Kamugisha, and Mayra Santos-Febres; and conversation from Carla Acevedo-Yates, Christopher Cozier, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Teresita Fernández. The exhibition is designed by SKETCH Johann Wolfschoon, Panamá and also features scholarships with extensive plate sections that reproduce the exhibition artworks in full color. The addition of the exhibit expertly conveys the MCA's core mission of "Bringing audiences and artists together to experience and contemplate contemporary art and culture."

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