En Mas’ Opening Reception
EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean is a pioneering exploration of the influences of Carnival on contemporary performance practices in the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.Conceived around a series of nine commissioned performances realized during the 2014 Caribbean Carnival season across eight cities in six different countries, the exhibition considers the connections between Carnival & performance, masquerade & social criticism, diaspora & transnationalism. Taking its title from a pun on “Mas” (short for masquerade and synonymous with carnival in the English–speaking Caribbean), EN MAS’ considers a history of performance that does not take place on the stage or in the gallery, but rather in the streets, addressing not the few but the many.
MoAD’s exhibitions are generously supported by Dede Wilsey, Toni Rembe & Arthur Rock,
Concepción & Irwin Federman, Darian & Rick Swig, Steven Kay, City of San Francisco,
Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo, Gilead Sciences, St. Regis San Francisco,
Moët Hennessy USA, United, Verizon Communications, Pacific Gas & Electric,
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Oceanwide Center LLC.
EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean is an exhibition curated by Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson; organized by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans and Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.
The exhibition is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and by the Institut Français in support of African and Caribbean projects. The exhibition debuted at CAC New Orleans in spring 2015, and will tour through 2018.