Take a drive through the Magic City’s distinctive ethnic neighborhoods and you’ll be treated to a vivid visual and aural parade that makes this town unique from any other metropolis. Local residents from Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Panama, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago all contribute a notable Caribbean flair to South Florida while helping elevate its status as a rising global center.
But these days, all it takes is one visit to downtown’s Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), which has become the focal point of this city’s vibrant cultural diversity and a social hub for Miamians, to witness the inimitable pulse of the community.
Head to PAMM this Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. for the launch of “At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean,” a selection of films and videos inspired by the cultural, social, and political complexities of the Caribbean.
“At the Crossroads” is presented in conjunction with “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” as part of PAMM’s season-long focus on a region that has been inextricably linked with South Florida history. On tap for Thursday is Oneika Russell’s A Natural History (2012), featuring a series of short video animations that presents a contemporary perspective on Jamaican culture and its diaspora. Russell, who is a young Jamaican artist, draws from art history and literature to create digital animations rooted in Jamaica’s colonial past and pop culture.
PAMM is also unspooling Rockers (1978), directed by Theodoros Bafaloukos and boasting prominent Jamaican musicians of the era. The iconic work helped introduce reggae music to world audiences.
Thu., July 3, 7-9 p.m., 2014