Date: Fri 18-Sep-1998
BRIDGEPORT, CONN. -- The Simpson Galleries of The Discovery Museum will
vibrate with the colors of the Caribbean in the exhibit "Caribbean
Connections/Conexiones Caribenas: Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico,"
on view through January 3, 1999. The museum is at 4450 Park Avenue in north
The exhibit features the paintings, sculpture, drawings, and mixed media works
of 32 contemporary artists living and working in either the United States or
The works, which explore the human figure in styles that range from
representational to abstract, deal with personal, spiritual, political,
social, and environmental issues. Many are expressions of the artists'
struggles to maintain their cultural identity while living as exiles from Cuba
or immigrants from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
"The Caribbean has an incredibly rich and diverse arts heritage, in music,
literature, and the visual arts," notes museum curator Ben Ortiz. "We are
particularly fortunate to have such a large Caribbean immigrant population in
the tri-state region. They bring an added dimension to our own arts community
and to local celebrations."
In fact, more than one third of the artists are from New York, New Jersey, and
Connecticut, including Inna Arroyo of Willimantic. Others live as far away as
Texas, Florida, and the Dominican Republic.
The exhibit will include a number of special events during its run, featuring
music, dance, poetry, and storytelling, and audience participation.
Museum hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm Sunday.
Admission is $7. For information, 203/372-3521.