White beaches and still blue waters portray an image of the Caribbean as paradise found. Yet slave ships, the post-Columbian devastation of native populations, and the annual ravages of hurricanes betray a troubled history. Wrote Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, a native of St. Lucia: “Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves.”
The Caribbean: Crossroads of the World explores the differing faces of the region, from the late 18th century revolution in Haiti to the present. The exhibition, featuring 180 paintings, sculptures, photographs and multi-media presentations, runs through Aug. 17 at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami.