Curated by Kathryn Mikesell
On view March 1 – June 30, 2018
What started off as a curiosity of a young man led to a stunning and historically significant portrayal of a thriving Jewish community in the Caribbean as seen through it’s spiritual sites, synagogues and cemeteries. “Jewish Treasures in the Caribbean” by photographer Wyatt Gallery, takes you on a journey from Jodensavanne, Suriname to Kingston, Jamaica. Wyatt began his exploration in 1999 after graduating from NYU Tisch School of Art and receiving a Rosenberg Travel Grant to explore “spiritual sites”. His quest was furthered after being awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and continued through his photo assignments while working for The New York Times. In 2017, Wyatt published a book form this collection of photographs during his residency in Miami at The Fountainhead Residency. For this exhibition Wyatt takes you on a similar journey, beginning with the oldest historic site Berakha ve Shalom built in 1685 in Jodensavanne, Suriname through additional sites located in Curaçao, Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Eustatius, St. Thomas and St. Croix. Surprisingly, of these historic sites, only five synagogues remain in use today. The others are in serious disrepair or no longer exist outside of the photos presented here.