A Research Guide to Jamaican Art


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A Research Guide to Jamaican Art

  1. 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. 2. The first research guide to Jamaican Art Created December 2011 http://jamaicanartresearch.wordpress.com/
  3. 3. Notable Jamaican Artists Barrington Watson David Boxer Edna Manley Mallica "Kapo" Reynolds
  4. 4. Artists list and growing…
  5. 5. Resource Types 6 Online Databases 1 Dictionaries 2 Encyclopedias 4 Exhibition Catalogues 2 Indexes 4 Periodicals 3 Monographs 9 Other Online Resources
  6. 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. 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 http://www.jnht.com/
  8. 8. Historical Resources The National Library of Jamaica Jamaica Unshackled The Slave Trade Biographies of Jamaican Personalities Free http://www.nlj.gov.jm/
  9. 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 http://www.dloc.com/
  10. 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. 11. Museums and Galleries National Gallery of Jamaica —  No images of collection —  Active and current blog http://natgalja.org.jm/ioj_wp/ The Mutual Life Gallery —  Artist Biographies —  Low resolution images Both can be accessed freely. http://mutualgallery.com/aboutus.html
  12. 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. 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. 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. 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. 16. Other Online Resources Petrine Archer-Straw's blog —  Caribbean Art Historian —  Professor at Cornell University —  Diaspora Dialogs blog —  Caribbean Artist A-Z —  Free http://www.petrinearcher.com/
  17. 17. Online Exhibition Island Thresholds: Contemporary Art from the Caribbean at the Peabody Essex Museum in 2005 http://www.pem.org/sites/island/#
  18. 18. THE END Kaialexis@gmail.com www.linkedin.com/in/kaialexissmith/ http://www.slideshare.net/KaiAlexisSmithMSILS @KaiAlexisSmith