Carnival comes to the Gallery in new exhibition

Carnival has come to Cayman, but not in the form you’d expect. The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI), has unveiled it’s latest exhibition EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean.

Curated by Claire Tancons, and Krista Thompson, the travelling exhibition makes Cayman its first stop in the Caribbean. The pioneering exhibition explores the influences of Carnival on contemporary performance practices in the region, North American, and Europe. EN MAS’ takes a look at the history of performance that does not take place on the stage or in the gallery, but rather in the streets.

Featured artists include: John Beadle (Bahamas), Charles Campbell (Jamaica), Christophe Chassol (France), Nicolàs Dumit Estévez (Dominican Republic and USA), Marlon Griffith (Trinidad), Hew Locke (UK), Lorraine O’Grady (USA), Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica) and Cauleen Smith (USA).

NGCI Director Natalie Urquhart says the Gallery has been wanting to do an exhibition focused on carnival for quite some time. As this exhibition grows, they hope to find other ways to bring it to the public, including possibility having a performance art band participate in Batabano.

A series of lectures and events, connected to the exhibition, are set to take place.

The exhibition runs until 26 March.

EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean


Caribbean Style Family Day

  • Saturday 23 January
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

EY’s Art Talk for Older Adults

  • Monday 1 February | Monday 7 March
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Friends of Film Tour

  • Thursday 4 February
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


CineClub Movie Screening: “Black Orpheus”

  • Thursday 11 Feburary
  • 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Garden Lunch and Guided Tours

  • Thursday 18 February
  • 12:00 p.m. (lunched served until 2:00 p.m.)


Cayman Arts Festival Musical Performance

  • Wednesday 24 February
  • 6:00 p.m.


Late Night: The Butterfield Young Patron’s Circle

  • Friday 11 March
  • 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.






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Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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