Middlebury College Museum of Art

Exhibitions

No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & the Caribbean, 1945–Present

September 15–December 11, 2022

Inspired by the permanent collection of the AMA | Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States, No Ocean Between Us features approximately 70 important works by Latin American and Caribbean artists of Asian heritage. The exhibition demonstrates how this work emerged from cross-directional global dialogues between the artists, their Asian cultural heritages, their Latin American or Caribbean identities, and their interaction with major artistic movements.

Wilfredo Lam, Retrato, 1982, lithograph
Wilfredo Lam, Retrato, 1982, lithograph. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas. Courtesy of the IDB Art Collection.

Included in the exhibition are paintings, works on paper, sculptures, installations and mixed media works by artists from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Showcasing the work of influential artists such as Wifredo Lam, Manabu Mabe, and Tomie Ohtake, among many others, No Ocean Between Us demonstrates their vital but often overlooked contributions to the creative landscape.

Soeki Irodikromo, Untitled, 1986, oil on canvas
Soeki Irodikromo, Untitled, 1986, oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection. Gift of the Government of Suriname.

Asian migration to the Americas resulted from labor shortages stemming from the United Kingdom’s abolition of its slave trade in 1807. The British, Spanish, and Dutch colonizers in the Caribbean, along with newly independent countries such as Peru and Brazil, brought workers from India, China, Indonesia, and Japan to meet the rising demand for labor. While most of these workers ultimately returned to their countries of origin, many settled in their new homelands, setting in motion the rich and complex histories of assimilation and exchange on view in this singular exhibition.

M P Alladin, Las Palmas, 1973, acrylic on canvas
M. P. Alladin, Las Palmas (The Palms), 1973, acrylic on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection.

Related Events


Tuesday, October 11

Asian Imprints in Latin American and Caribbean History and Culture

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Alexander Twilight Hall 101 (Auditorium) and on Zoom

Dr. Kathleen López, Associate Professor, Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Department of History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Thursday, October 20

Understanding Migration through Latinx Art

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center

Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor of Art History and Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & The Caribbean, 1945–Present was developed and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC in collaboration with AMA | Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States, Washington, DC.

logo for International Arts and Artists, logo for Art Museum of the Americas