Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Ryan Huggins: Good Boy

Tuesday 10 September, 2019, 6 to 9 pm
27 Pembroke Street, Port of Spain


On Tuesday 10 September, for one night only, artist Ryan Huggins will present two series of new drawings in the temporary project space at 27 Pembroke Street in downtown Port of Spain.

These drawings are a fusion of ideas surrounding alternative youth subcultures within queer communities. The artist writes: “I examine the vocabulary of queer references and terminologies in relation to the body, social identity, and gender as a growing language. I got inspiration from collecting images from magazines, posters, and photographs that carry a peculiar ‘young boy’ narrative. These images are reinterpreted into drawings which I pair with text suggesting slogans or stereotypical references to young gay men.”

All are invited.

About the artist:

Ryan Huggins is a painter from Trinidad and Tobago, born in 1991. Raised in Port of Spain, he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the University of the West Indies in 2016. Currently he is pursuing his fourth year of postgraduate studies at the Kunst Akademie Düsseldorf, Germany, under Professor Tomma Abts.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A conversation with Alex Callender

Thursday 29 August, 6.30 pm, at Alice Yard

Artist Alex Callender has been in residence at Alice Yard in the latter part of August 2019. On Thursday 29 August, she will give an informal talk on her time in Trinidad and the archival research she is pursuing for her current painting project, which looks at economic policy and related cultural materials from the mid 1990s, and the relation to US trade policy in the broader Caribbean context. Through this work, Callender looks at the economic history of borders, to explore interweaving narratives of migration, class, post-colonial nationhood, and interiority.

All are invited.

Friday, August 23, 2019


Friday 23 August, 6 to 9 pm
27 Pembroke Street, Port of Spain

The Weight of a Premature Palm Tree’s Head, by Cass’Mosha A. Centeno

All are invited.

Friday, August 9, 2019

A conversation with Luis Vasquez La Roche

Monday 12 August, 2019, 6 pm, at Alice Yard

On Monday 12 August, artist Luis Vasquez La Roche, current MFA painting and printmaking student at Virginia Commonwealth University, will speak about his current practice and relationship with SYoS (See You on Sunday) and Alice Yard.

All are invited.

About the artist:

Luis Vasquez La Roche was born and raised in Venezuela by a Trinidadian mother and a Chilean father. In 2002 his family migrated to Trinidad and Tobago. He graduated from the University of the West Indies with a BA in visual arts and a minor in Spanish language. He has been actively producing and exhibiting work since 2009. His work has been exhibited in Trinidad, Grenada, the Bahamas, Venezuela, Colombia, Scotland, Germany, and the Netherlands. He was selected to be part of the residency programme OAZO AIR in The Netherlands in 2013 and Beta Local’s 2016 Itinerant Seminar in Puerto Rico. In 2013, he co-founded See You on Sunday, an artist collective committed to arts education. He lectures at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University under a Fulbright Scholarship.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Amada Miller: The sun is a star too
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Nicholas Frank: 1 I 2 Ü, A Play In Three Acts

Thursday 8 August, 6 pm, at Alice Yard

In early August 2019, artists Amada Miller and Nicholas Frank are in residence at Alice Yard. On Thursday 8 August, they will present a range of site-specific new work inviting active audience participation.

Amada Miller’s The sun is a star too is a compendium of naturally dyed fabric paintings using zaboca, turmeric, roucou, sorrel, coconut, and other locally-sourced ingredients, and a folkloric history of the origin of avocado in chapbook form.

Nicholas Frank’s 1 I 2 Ü, A Play In Three Acts is a theatrical presentation that operates in the boundaries between actor and audience, individual and collective, island and horizon. Frank will also mint a new Alice Yard currency.

All are invited to attend and participate.

6 pm: assemble in Alice Yard
6.30 pm: Painting Promenade begins near Augustus Williams Park and through the neighbourhood
7 pm: play begins in Alice Yard
8 to 10 pm: Afterbar: Cocktails by Amada

About the artists:

Amada Miller and Nicholas Frank reside in San Antonio, Texas. Miller currently has an exhibition on view at Blue Star Contemporary and FL!GHT Gallery in San Antonio, with upcoming exhibitions at Porcino (Berlin, Germany), The Galveston Arts Center (Galveston, TX), and Gray Duck Gallery (Austin, TX). She recently completed a residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and will be in residence at the DoSeum in San Antonio later this year. Frank showed at FL!GHT Gallery in San Antonio earlier this year, the Green Gallery (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in late 2017, and was in residence at Artpace (San Antonio) in early 2017.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Digital Heirlooms: Global Intimacies and Alternative Family Trees

A presentation and workshop with Tao Leigh Goffe and Felicia Chang

Tuesday 6 August, 5.30 pm, at Alice Yard

Left: Felicia Chang
Right: Tao Leigh Goffe
History is a dark room that often leaves silences about the global intimacies that connect families across the continents, from the Caribbean to Africa to Europe to Asia. In this Alice Yard workshop, we invite participants to think about what stories they will inherit by analysing family photography from varying perspectives, including that of artificial intelligence. Working in groups, participants will create physical collages using found objects to form an entangled album of digital heirlooms. 

All are invited. Required: bring a family photograph.

Based in Trinidad, Felicia Chang is a co-founder of Plantain, a company that crafts bespoke physical and multimedia family narratives.

Based in Amsterdam, Tao Leigh Goffe is a professor of Caribbean cultural studies at Cornell University who uses her skills as a DJ to teach the remixing of visual culture and global literature. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

A conversation with Julián Sánchez González

Friday 28 June, 7 pm, at Alice Yard

Colombian art historian Julián Sánchez González is currently based in New York City, in the doctoral programme at Columbia University. His research centres on contemporary art production and alternative spiritualities in Latin American and the Caribbean, particularly during the 1960s and 70s. In recent years he has explored the work of artists from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Colombian archipelago of San Andrés and Providencia. In June 2019 he is in residence at Alice Yard.

On Friday 28 June, at 7 pm, he will give an informal talk on his research interests and his exploration of the intersection of art, spirituality, and ritual in Trinidad and Tobago. Audience members are invited to give their insights on these themes and also participate in constructing an intimate and collaborative community “altar”, by bringing a portable object of personal spiritual significance that responds to the question “What is sacred to me?”

The creative and spiritual potential of this installation in the Alice Yard space will depend largely on our shared participation. All objects will be duly registered and returned to their owners by mid-July.

Musicalisation of the altar by musician and composer Andrés Vera León.

All are invited.

Julián Sánchez González is a PhD student in art history at Columbia University. He holds an MA in art history from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, and a double BA in history and political science from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. His broader academic interests investigate the influence of diasporic and non-hegemonic spiritualities on global trends of artistic modernism during the second half of the twentieth century. His current research project analyses such interplay in the 1970s in selected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, Sánchez worked with the Museos de Arte y Numismática del Banco de la República in Bogotá and the Art Museum of the Americas – Organization of American States in Washington, DC. His writing has been published by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, Oxford Art Online, and the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá. His work has been generously supported by the Fulbright Program, the Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia, and the Fundación COLFUTURO.

Friday, June 7, 2019

A conversation with Pierre Obando

 Sunday 9 June, 2019, 5.30 pm, at Alice Yard

Born in Belize, artist Pierre Obando currently lives and works in New York City. He has been in residence at Alice Yard in early June 2019. On Sunday 9 June, he will present a series of new drawings inspired by the architecture and streetscape of Woodbrook, alongside an informal conversation about his current creative and curatorial interests.

All are invited.