Christopher Cozier (b. 1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; lives in Port of Spain). Gas Men (still), 2014. Two-channel video. Display dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) will be hosting Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s to Today from November 19, 2022 – April 23, 2023. This major group exhibition of contemporary artists of the Caribbean diaspora, curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, 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.
Joscelyn Gardner's work will be included along with works by Adán Vallecillo, Alia Farid, Álvaro Barrios, Ana Mendieta, Candida Alvarez, Christopher Cozier, Cosmo Whyte, David Medalla, Deborah Jack, Denzil Forrester, Donald Rodney, Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker, Ebony G. Patterson, Engel Leonardo, Daniel Lind-Ramos, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Firelei Báez, Frank Bowling, Freddy Rodríguez, Jeannette Ehlers, Julien Creuzet, Keith Piper, Lorraine O’Grady, Maksaens Denis, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Marton Robinson, Peter Doig, Rafael Ferrer, Rubem Valentim, Sandra Brewster, Suchitra Mattai, Tavares Strachan, Teresita Fernández, Tomm El-Saieh, and Zilia Sánchez.
An expansive catalogue will feature scholarship as well as extensive plate sections reproducing exhibition artworks in full color. Authors include Carlos Garrido Castellano, Genevieve Hyacinthe, Aaron Kamugisha, and Mayra Santos-Febres, as well as a roundtable conversation with Carla Acevedo-Yates, Christopher Cozier, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Teresita Fernández.