A Challenging Endeavor: The Arts in Trinidad and Tobago

May 2002
The exhibition traces the development of the visual arts in this Caribbean nation which celebrates its 40th anniversary as an independent Republic in 2002. 49 works in a variety of media cover nearly 150 years of art, including watercolors by Michel Jean Cazabon (19th century), oils by the pre-Independence and the post-Independence generations, and drawing and painting by the latest generation; also included are some masks used in Carnival, and folk figurines illustrating the evolution of the steel-pan, invented in the 20th century. This exhibition was organized with the collaboration of the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, and artists such as LeRoy Clarke, Christopher Cozier, Irénée Shaw, Ralph Baney, and Nina Squires.