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IDB Cultural Center offers a fresh view of Jamaica´s society through its art

Timing coincides with the 19th anniversary of the IDB Cultural Center 

Nine contemporary Jamaican artists will exhibit their most recent work at the IDB Cultural Center Gallery (IDBCC) with an array of paintings, photography, video and installation art, under the title Contemporary Jamaican Artists

The Inter- American Development Bank Cultural Center, and the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS), partnered with the World Bank Art Program on its project ABOUT CHANGE, from which this exhibition is derived. This initiative comprises of several exhibitions representing Latin America and the Caribbean at venues in Washington during 2011. 

Earlier this year, the section of ABOUT CHANGE dedicated to the English-speaking Caribbean was staged at the OAS’s Art Museum of the Americas, under the title “Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions.” From that exhibition, the IDB Cultural Center has gatheredthose works belonging to Jamaican artists, adding three more artists to focus on the dynamic contemporary art scene of that country. The timing of this exhibition coincides with the Nineteenth Anniversary of the creation of the IDB Cultural Center. 

The IDBCC invited Dr. Petrine Archer as guest essayist. She says that “What we call Jamaican art today is a phenomenon of the twentieth century. Yet one of the most pronounced discussions to have emerged since the new millennium, both in Jamaica and elsewhere, is whether it is still appropriate to discuss art in nationalistic terms.” 

Artists include Charles Campbell, Margaret Chen, Laura Facey, Gerard Hanson, Marlon James, Michael Parchment, Ebony G. Patterson, Oneika Russell, and Phillip Thomas. 

The exhibition will be on view between May 18 and July 22, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the IDB Cultural Center Gallery, 1300 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20577.

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