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Transforming the Crown

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1997
Published by: Caribbean Cultural Center
Year published: 1997
Number of pages: 160
ISBN: 09654082-0-5

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Transforming the Crown: African, Asian and Caribbean Artists in Britain 1966 - 1996. Catalogue for an exhibition presented by The Caribbean Cultural Center, New York. The exhibition was shown across three venues. 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, Picturing England: The Photographic Narratives of Vanley Burke, a component of Transforming the Crown, The Caribbean Cultural Center. All venues in New York or Bronx. Catalogue produced in 1997. Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, who was at the time Curator and Director of Special Projects at the Caribbean Cultural Center curated the exhibition. Transforming the Crown was an ambitious exhibition and though there were several notable and conspicuous omissions, it was nevertheless a comprehensive undertaking. It brought together a large number of artists, all of whom had connections to the UK, either by birth, or by residence, either permanent or temporary.

It featured work by Faisal Abdu’Allah, Said Adrus, Ajamu, Henrietta Atooma Alele, Hassan Aliyu, Marcia Bennett, Zarina Bhimji, Sutapa Biswas, Sylbert Bolton, Sonia Boyce, Winston Branch, Vanley Burke, Chila Kumari Burman, Sokari Douglas Camp, Anthony Daley, Allan deSouza, Godfried Donkor, Nina Edge, Uzo Egonu, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Denzil Forrester, Armet Francis, Joy Gregory, Sunil Gupta, Lubaina Himid, Bhajan Hunjan, Meena Jafarey, Gavin Jantjes, Emmanuel Taiwo Jegede, Claudette Johnson, Mumtaz Karimjee, Rita Keegan, Fowokan George Kelly, Roshini Kempadoo, Juginder Lamba, Errol Lloyd, Jeni McKenzie, Althea McNish, David Medalla, Shaheen Merali, Bill Ming, Ronald Moody, Olu Oguibe, Eugene Palmer, Tony Phillips, Keith Piper, Ingrid Pollard, Franklyn Rodgers, Veronica Ryan, Lesley Sanderson, Folake Shoga, Yinka Shonibare, Gurminder Sikand, Maud Sulter, Danijah Tafari, Geraldine Walsh, and Aubrey Williams. Donald Rodney was included in the catalogue, but his work was not in the exhibition itself.

The catalogue is extensively illustrated throughout.

Contents as follows:

Contributors M. Franklin Sirmans (catalogue essay editor), Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Eddie Chambers, Okwui Enwezor, Kobena Mercer, Gilane Tawadros, Anne Walmsley, Deborah Willis, Judith Wilson (catalogue essayists)

Catalogue and Exhibition Credits

President’s Foreword (Dr. Marta Moreno Vega)

Acknowledgments (Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd)

Introduction (Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd)

London Bridge: Late 20th Century British Art and the Routes of ‘National Culture‘ (Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd)

The Caribbean Artists Movement (Anne Walmsley)

Bodies of Diaspora, Vessels of Desire: The Erotic and the Aesthetic (Kobena Mercer)

Running With the Hare and Hunting With the Hounds (Gilane Tawadros)

Talking Back: Black Women’s Visual Liberation Through Photography (Deborah Willis)

Surfing the “Black” Diasporic Web: Postcolonial British Art and the Decolonization of U.S. Visual Culture (Judith Wilson)

The Emergence of the Black British Artist (Eddie Chambers)

A Question of Place: Revisions, Reassessments, Diaspora (Okwui Enwezor)

Exhibition Color Plates

Artist Biographies

Chronology (compiled by Krista Thompson)

Exhibition Checklist


Photo Credits.


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