If you watch around New York City this summer, you may spot a bright red shipping crate near your favorite music or art festival, or tucked beside a museum. In white stenciling between its big drop-down doors, the crate calls itself Caribbeing House.
Caribbeing House is a compact, mobile art gallery in a style that calls itself cargotecture and it is celebrating a huge link between the cultures of the Caribbean and New York City – both being locuses of immigration. Like cargo containers, many residences of both places have come from far and wide, bringing with them their pasts and their hopes.
Caribbeing, the organization, is a non-profit dedicated to enriching the local community with Caribbean art and culture.
Designed by the joint effort of Caribbeing founder Shelley Worrell and Studio SUM architect Sabine Meridith, the little space is to be used to host gallery exhibitions, pop-up events, trunk shows, and any other community event that will fit. It measures only 8 by 20 feet, and the plywood interior is a blank slate for any exhibition. The custom floors are made from reclaimed shipping pallets and are the work of local designer Andrew Hamm. A more expansive feel can be had by dropping down the 6 large drop-down doors and opening the windows they protect, making it an airy space that can blend into its setting.
Despite its small size, Caribbeing House is ready to be full of big ideas. When it is not travelling around the city, it can be found at its home port in the Flatbush Caton Vendors Market, on Flatbush and Canton avenues.