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On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Caribbean Cultural Center, Melody Capote, the executive director, states the pertinence of concluding the first twenty-five years of the institution with the work of visual artist Manuel Vega. Capote explains the reasons for having an exhibition of the work of Vega as a tribute to him and celebration of the twenty-five years of service of the Caribbean Cultural Center. The content of Vega’s work is representative of the Center’s mission of exalting and celebrating Caribbean and Afro-diasporic people in New York City, and also because Vega himself has been a symbol of the institution’s nurturing of his career from his beginnings, twenty-five years ago, as a local artist.
This essay was published as part of the catalogue for the 2001 exhibition, Nuyorican Ashé: Recent Works by Manuel Vega, held at the Caribbean Cultural Center.
Born and raised in the New York areas of South Bronx and East Harlem, Manuel Vega is a musician, scholar, and artist well versed in a variety of mediums. His research is fused with artistic representations of popular cultures and religious traditions through an Afro-Caribbean lens—from the South Bronx to Brazil. Vega has translated Yoruba iconography into the medium of mosaics; some of them assembled for the 110th Street and Lexington Avenue subway station in Manhattan.