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John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night

October 30, 2018–February 24, 2019
At the American Folk Art Museum
Lincoln Square, Manhattan

John Dunkley is widely considered to be one of Jamaica’s most important historical artists. This first exhibition of his oeuvre outside of his native country creates an international context for its appreciation. Composed of fifty-one works, it includes rare carved wood and stone figurative sculptures, alongside paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, which are known for their distinctive dark palette and psychologically suggestive underpinnings. Dunkley was working at a pivotal time in Jamaica’s history, contributing to the formation of an independent Jamaica. His life and work provide insight into the broader economic and social factors, as well as the popular culture that defined this era in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Organized by the Pérez Art Museum, Miami (PAMM).

Curators: Diana Nawi, independent curator and former PAMM associate curator, with Nicole Smythe-Johnson, independent curator; curatorial advisor: David Boxer; coordinating curator: Valérie Rousseau, curator, Self-Taught Art and Art Brut, American Folk Art Museum


Image credit: John Dunkley (1891–1947), Acrobat, Jamaica, n.d., mahogany, 8 x 6 x 2 in., Collection of Kenneth J. Dunkley.


This exhibition is supported in part by the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions, the Ford Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.