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MAY 20-JULY 16
When I met Barbadian artist Karl Broodhagen for the first time at his home last fall, the small-framed man swore he had met me before and asked me to look through a decades-old record of the addresses, phone numbers, and remarks of people who had attended his shows to make sure. His willingness to make a connection with a lowly admirer was endearing. His sculpture, depicting cornrowed women with wide smiling lips and wise eyes, occupied tables, chairs, and the floor. His scenic paintings of life on Barbados adorned the walls, hanging alongside works by his son, and took up even more space on the surrounding tables. But the work he is perhaps most famous for is his statue of Bussa, the leader of a slave rebellion on a Barbadian sugar-cane estate. The centerpiece of a roundabout on the island, Bussa commands attention—his black face raised toward the clouds, his arms spread apart, his chains broken. Broodhagen’s powerful works, considered some of the most important examples of recent Barbadian sculpture, will be featured in “Parallel Realities: Five Pioneering Artists From Barbados,” along with pieces by Aileen Hamilton, Kathleen Hawkins (whose Going Home is pictured), Ivan Clairmonte Payne, and Golde White. On view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from Thursday, May 20, through Friday, July 16, at the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center Gallery, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Free. (202) 623-3774. (Ayesha Morris)