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The Caribbean Cultural Center presents Transforming the crown : African, Asian & Caribbean artists in Britain, 1966-1996
Beauchamp-Byrd, Mora J.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diaspora Institute, [1997]

Physical Description:
177 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Exhibition dates: October 14, 1997-March 15, 1998, the Studio Museum in Harlem; October 15, 1997-March 15, 1998, the Bronx Museum of the Arts; October 16, 1997-March 15, 1998, the Caribbean Cultural Center.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
N6768 .C37 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Transforming the Crown is the catalog for a landmark exhibition organized by the Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diaspora Institute in New York City. The exhibition chronicles the aesthetic production of artists of African and Asian descent in the United Kingdom over the past three decades. Filled with illustrious reproductions of the art, Transforming the Crown documents the work of artists from various generations and cultural backgrounds who have transformed the art establishment in Britain. It boldly explores issues of race, gender, sexuality, and transnationalism, as well as identity and diaspora politics. It also looks at the role of U.S. culture and its influence on contemporary British art.

The catalog includes color reproductions of many of the works in the exhibition, selected artists' biographical and bibliographical information, and essays by prominent scholars and cultural critics from both Britain and the United States. Contributors include: Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Kobena Mercer, Gilane Tawadros, Okwui Enwezor, Eddie Chambers, Judith Wilson, Anne Walmsley and Deborah Willis.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

There are multiple components to this very fine exhibition catalog, written from a North American perspective by the African Diaspora Institute, New York City. Eight scholarly essays first provide a theoretical context for the challenges faced by the minority "black" diaspora artists in Britain, i.e., artists of African, Asian, and Caribbean descent. Discussed are issues of national culture, marginalization versus centrality for nondominant people, sociological identity, gender-defined roles, the history of the Caribbean Artists Movement, black women photographers in Britain, and the emergence of the Black Arts movement in 1980s Britain. These commentaries are highly stimulating and naturally of great interest for African American studies as well. The rest of this attractive book is devoted to the exhibition proper: the highly original but little-known works of 54 nonwhite British artists, reproduced in full color. Outline biographies follow, illustrated with memorable portrait photographs of each artist. The fascinating 17-page "Selected Chronology" follows, covering the turbulent sociopolitical racial issues and events of 1946-96 in Britain and the US. This section is not to be overlooked, since it can be read separately from the context of the exhibition, to great advantage. Checklist; essential bibliography. Strongly recommended. General readers; graduates; faculty. M. Hamel-Schwulst; Towson University

Table of Contents

Catalogue and Exhibition Credits
President's ForewordMarta Moreno Vega
AcknowledgmentsMora J. Beauchamp-Byrd
IntroductionMora J. Beauchamp-Byrd
London Bridge: Late 20th Century British Art and the Routes of 'National Culture'Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd
The Caribbean Artists Movement, 1966-197
2 A Space and A Voice for Visual PracticeAnne Walmsley
Bodies of Diaspora, Vessels of Desire: The Erotic and the AestheticKobena Mercer
Running with the Hare and Hunting with the HoundsGilane Tawadros
Talking Back: Black Women's Visual Liberation Through PhotographyDeborah Willis
Surfing the "Black" Diasporic Web: Postcolonial British Art and the Decolonization of U.S. Visual CultureJudith Wilson
The Emergence of the Black British ArtistEddie Chambers
A Question of Place: Revisions, Reassessments, DiasporaOkwui Enwezor
Exhibition Color Plates
Artist Biographies
ChronologyKrista Thompson
Exhibition Checklist
Photo Credits