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A Research Guide to Jamaican Art


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A presentation on the Research Guide to Jamaican Art I created for Prof. Soehner's Introduction to Art Librarianship class. …

A presentation on the Research Guide to Jamaican Art I created for Prof. Soehner's Introduction to Art Librarianship class.

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  • 1. A Research Guide to Jamaican Art Pre Columbian to Present Kai Alexis Smith Prof. Ken Soehner Introduction to Art Librarianship Pratt Institute Fall 2011
  • 2. The first research guide to Jamaican Art Created December 2011
  • 3. Notable Jamaican Artists Barrington Watson David Boxer Edna Manley Mallica "Kapo" Reynolds
  • 4. Artists list and growing…
  • 5. Resource Types 6 Online Databases 1 Dictionaries 2 Encyclopedias 4 Exhibition Catalogues 2 Indexes 4 Periodicals 3 Monographs 9 Other Online Resources
  • 6. Dictionary •  Official Language: English •  Most commonly spoken Jamaican Patios/ Jamaican Creole •  Patios : the dialect of the common people of a region, differing in various respects from the standard language of the rest of the country •  Published in 1967, Still relevant
  • 7. Historical Resources Jamaican National Heritage Trust —  Government Resource —  Objective: promote, preserve, and develop Jamaican material cultural heritage —  Jamaica history including Pre-Columbian, Columbian/ Spanish, English and Independence —  Tiano Petroglyphs and Pictographs —  Free
  • 8. Historical Resources The National Library of Jamaica Jamaica Unshackled The Slave Trade Biographies of Jamaican Personalities Free
  • 9. Online Databases Digital Library of the Caribbean, dLOC —  multiple international institutions in the USA, South America and the Caribbean —  dLOC: Caribbean Map Collection —  Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL) —  Free
  • 10. Indexes UCLA Latin American Institute and the UCLA International Institute. (2011) HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index) —  Scope 1970 to present Black Studies Center, 2011 —  1827 to preset Both require a subscription
  • 11. Museums and Galleries National Gallery of Jamaica —  No images of collection —  Active and current blog The Mutual Life Gallery —  Artist Biographies —  Low resolution images Both can be accessed freely.
  • 12. Architecture Architectural Heritage of the Caribbean: An A- Z of Historic Buildings by Andrew Gravette —  —  —  —  Published 2000 Scope: Colonization to 1950 architectural dictionary black and white illustrations Caribbean Modernist Architecture : Archivos de Arquitectura Antillana / AAA034. “Concrete Expressions: A Sketch of the Birth and Development of a modernist Architecture in Jamaica, 1945-1975” —  Published 2009 —  Scope: 1945 to 1975 —  Black and white illustrations
  • 13. Exhibition Catalogues Modern Jamaican art by David Boxer, Veerle Poupeye. 1998. —  Large colorful images of the art work —  Nice art historical essays on modern and contemporary —  Index of artists
  • 14. Exhibition Catalogues Redemption Songs: The Self-Taught Artists of Jamaica / curated by Randall Morris. Winston-Salem, NC: Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University. 1997. —  Colorful images —  Introduction about the Intuitive Movement —  Artist biographies —  21 Objects and over 100 Objects featured
  • 15. Periodicals —  ARC Magazine (Arts. Recognition. Culture.) —  Jamaica Journal published by the Institute of Jamaica —  ACIJ research review (The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica (ACIJ) and the Jamaica Memory Bank (JMB)) published by the Institute of Jamaica —  Arts Jamaica 1982-1985
  • 16. Other Online Resources Petrine Archer-Straw's blog —  Caribbean Art Historian —  Professor at Cornell University —  Diaspora Dialogs blog —  Caribbean Artist A-Z —  Free
  • 17. Online Exhibition Island Thresholds: Contemporary Art from the Caribbean at the Peabody Essex Museum in 2005
  • 18. THE END @KaiAlexisSmith