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Art and Emancipation in Jamaica - Barringer, Tim; Forrester, Gillian; Martinez Ruiz, Barbaro; Thompson, Robert Farris; Hall, Catherine; Shepherd, Verene; Bilby, Kenneth; Banfield, Stephen; Snyder, Holly; Kriz, Kay Dian; Hall, Stuart - Yale University Press
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Art and Emancipation in Jamaica

Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds

  • Tim Barringer, Gillian Forrester, and Barbaro Martinez Ruiz; With essays by Stephen Banfield, Kenneth Bilby, Catherine Hall, Stuart Hall, Kay Dian Kriz, Verene A. Shepherd, Holly Snyder, and Robert Farris Thompson
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Awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2008 American Association of Museum Publications for Design.

Winner of the 2009 Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award, given by the College Art Association.

Coinciding with the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade, this multi-disciplinary volume chronicles the iconography of sugar, slavery, and the topography of Jamaica from the beginning of British rule in 1655 to the aftermath of emancipation in the 1840s. Focusing on the visual and material culture of slavery and emancipation in Jamaica, it offers new perspectives on art, music, and performance in Afro-Jamaican society and on the Jewish diaspora in the Caribbean. Central to the book is Sketches of Character (1837–38)—a remarkable series of lithographs by the Jewish Jamaican artist Isaac Mendes Belisario—the earliest visual representation of the masquerade form Jonkonnu. Innovative scholarship traces the West African roots of Jonkonnu through its evolution in Jamaica and continuing transformation today; offers a unique portrait of Jamaican culture at a pivotal historical moment; and provides a new model for interpreting the visual culture of empire.

Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University. Gillian Forrester is Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Yale Center for British Art. Barbaro Martinez Ruiz is Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Stanford University.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (27 September – December 30, 2007)

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