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Culture Fix: Curator Patrick A. Polk on Maroon Arts from Suriname

June 6, 2018 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Comprised of six ethnic groups, the Maroon peoples of Suriname are renowned for their colorful traditional art forms called tembe. Maroon artists utilize color and geometric pattern to transform items of daily use into works of art infused with personal and communal meaning. Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Popular Arts Patrick Polk reveals how the Maroons hold a special place in the history of Africans and their descendants in the Americas.

#CultureFix is a short-format series of gallery talks featuring artists, curators, and other luminaries. No reservation required. All talks are free of charge.

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About the Exhibition

Maroon peoples of Suriname are renowned for tembe, traditional art forms that infuse everyday objects with personal and communal meaning. The 20th-century works on view in Fiiman Tembe: Maroon Arts from Suriname exemplify the bold patterns, vivid color, brass studding, and needlework that typify utilitarian objects such as trays, doors, and textiles.

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