Soon Come: The Contemporary Art of Jamaica
September 26 - December 15, 2002
Soon Come: the Art of Contemporary Jamaica brings together works by twenty artists
working in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, and textiles. The exhibition
title is taken from the Jamaican vernacular expression "soon come," which translates
as "Great things happen when the time is right." The works reflect western artistic
influences, such as expressionism and minimalism, but they address issues of slavery,
immigration, and the history of this former British plantation colony.
Jamaica has been independent only since 1962, and its development as a nation in
the modern world has often been turbulent and painful. This is vividly reflected in
Jamaican art and culture today, which revolves largely around explorations of ethnicity
and cultural identity. A major theme of the exhibition is an exploration of the stylistic
and conceptual differences between those artists who studied in the United States and
Europe, and those whose work is based on the learned artistic traditions of Jamaican art.
Soon Come showcases the work of some of the premier artists working in Jamaica today,
including David Boxer, Hope Brooks, and Cecil Cooper, as well as Jamaican artists
living and working abroad, such as Albert. These works, by artists with diverse ethnic
backgrounds and artistic training, defy stereotypes of Jamaican culture.
Soon Come was organized by the Nebraska Arts Council, the Edna Manley School for
the Visual and Performing Arts, and ExhibitsUSA. A color catalog available in the
Fleming Museum Store includes essays by David Boxer, Ph.D., Director of the National
Gallery of Jamaica, and Veerley Pouopeye, a respected art historian of Jamaican and
This exhibition is supported in part by the Provost's Central Diversity Fund and Air
Jamiaca. A program of ExhibitsUSA