Congratulations to Professor Waldron for the publication of his latest book! Pre-Columbian Art of the Caribbean is a comprehensive art historical survey of the main archipelago, from Trinidad to Cuba, over some 2,500 years of ceramics, sculpture and carvings, personal adornment, rock art and ritual spaces, with an epilogue that touches on the unexpected living legacies of pre-Columbian Caribbean architecture and furniture in the region and the world at large.
Abundantly illustrated, this volume is a pioneering survey of the ancient art of the entire Caribbean region. While previous studies have focused on the Greater Antilles—Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica—this is the first book also to include the islands of the eastern Caribbean and their ties to pre-Columbian Venezuela.
Lawrence Waldron examines ceramics, ritual spaces, sculpture, and personal adornment from the ancient Saladoid era to the later, better-known Taíno period. Analyzing the symbolism, aesthetics, and cultural contexts of objects including ceremonial pots, rock art, stone effigy belts, and jewelry, he illuminates continuities and innovations in imagery and ideology across time and space. He draws attention to the legacies of Amerindian visual and material culture in the architecture and furniture of the present-day Caribbean, arguing that the region’s ancient art history is rich and worthy of attention.
Interested in learning more about Caribbean Art? Professor Waldron will be teaching an art history course focusing on this subject for Fall 2019, in his new course offering for ARTH 200 – STUDIES IN THE HISTORY OF ART. The course will meet Wednesdays 1:40-4:30pm. Seats for this class are limited, so register soon!