SHORT SHOWS & WHY

The second of the UWI Museum’s short shows for Spring/Summer 2014 will be open to the public from June 4 – 13. This is The IGDS at 20: a reflection on the work of the UWI’s Institute for Gender & Development Studies (IGDS) in enhancing an understanding of gender, both as concept and lived reality.

To make way, the collaborative exhibition with the Mexican Embassy in Jamaica, The Mexican Suns, closed May 29 after its original brief run was extended. The private collection of Mexican folkart on the theme of the sun, was mounted in honour of the centenary of poet, philosopher and Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz.

As always, the museum continues its signature exploration of the origins of the University of the West Indies, in tandem with these short term exhibitions.

The short shows, in collaboration with various groups, help to bring in a widening audience. They also provide an opportunity to explore various aspects of the museum mandate – to celebrate the history and development of the UWI and its relationship to the region it serves. The Mexican Suns reflected aspects of the culture of the wider Caribbean basin and the UWI’s increasing collaboration with Latin American partners. Its bright, multi-faceted aesthetic also attracted the eye. The IGDS exhibition responds to a stakeholder within the UWI system, which has been on the leading edge of the gender debates within the institution and around the Caribbean region.

This exhibition will use hung art as a talking point on gender, as well as celebrating institutional and programme achievements.

The short exhibitions also give people reasons to keep coming back to the museum, while retaining favourite key points of connection to the exhibition on the origins of the Caribbean’s multi-state, multi-location university.

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