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Sad news – Haitian Art has lost a great friend

posted Dec 20, 2018, 1:42 PM by Haitian ArtSociety   [ updated Dec 21, 2018, 9:29 AM ]


January 20, 1927 – December 16, 2018

Fritz Racine
Mr. Fritz Racine was born January 20, 1927 and reared in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. He was married to Gladys Coby Racine, a union of 62 years which produced sons Reginald and Fritz, Jr. and daughters Magdalah and Caroline. In addition to being father-in-law to Daniel Silva, he is grandfather to three girls, Shaina, Vasilia, and Naisha and great grandfather to one girl Dimitra, and two boys, Ioulianos and Theodosis.

He completed secondary studies in Port-au-Prince in 1947 and promptly traveled to upstate New York on a scholarship to attend Alfred University. He graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Ceramics Engineering. Upon return to Haiti he continued studies at the University of Haiti Law School earning a degree in 1957.

Mr. Racine began his professional career in service to his hometown as Mayor of Croix des Bouquets. He played a significant role helping to save lives and managing humanitarian assistance from the U.S. in response to hurricane Hazel. During that same period he taught ceramics to young Haitian men and women and spouses of diplomats serving in Haiti. In fact, several of his Haitian students became acclaimed artists, chief among them Jean-Claude “Tiga” Garoute. He shifted from art instruction to public service in Haiti employed by the United States Embassy, first as Administrative Assistant, Economic, and finally Legal Adviser. In November 1967, he transferred to the State Department in Washington, DC where he began a 34-year career with the U.S. Information Agency. He retired from his U.S. Diplomatic career in 1991 as the Chief of the French language section of the Africa branch.

During his illustrious career of public service, Mr. Racine received several honors and awards: Superior performance award and International Ambassador of HEMISFAIR, 1968; Letter of congratulations in recognition of excellence in performance of duties, 1975; Certificate of appreciation in recognition of outstanding performance from U.S. Information Agency, 1985; Certificate of meritorious appreciation from the Pentagon Joint Staff in Washington, DC, 1994; and Recognition of outstanding 34 years of service to the United States Government, 1995.

Mr. Racine began collecting Haitian art in the 1950’s as the Art Center (Centre d’Art) in Haiti was opening. In addition to his professional career, together with his wife Gladys Coby Racine, Mr. Racine is credited with increasing the popularity of Haitian art in the United States, Haiti and abroad. They owned a Haitian Art Gallery in Adams Morgan from 1970-1998 where they exposed American and patrons from around the world to the various art schools emanating from Haiti. They continue to operate the gallery on the web from their home where they continue to exhibit for sale or pure appreciation a private collection of some of the rarest artworks produced by some of Haiti’s first generation artists.

In 2001 Mr. Racine was appointed president of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the Haitian Art Society—a national organization of collectors, researchers, and dealers whose mission is to renew interest in and appreciation of Haitian art. For the past 40 years, Fritz and Gladys have organized numerous celebrations of Haitian art, history, craft and culture in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, the Northeast, Midwest and Southern States. As a recognized Haitian art aficionado with a caring ethic and jovial character, he regularly convened many distinguished Haitian and foreign dignitaries, former heads of state, Ambassadors, Congresspersons, Cabinet ministers, and captains of industry.

He is survived by his doting wife Gladys, sons, daughters, a son-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers Edouard Jr. and Raymond, a sister Simone and numerous nieces and nephews.

In recognition of Mr. Racine’s passion for Haiti and Haitian art, in lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial contributions in the form of membership to the Haitian Art Society.

Annual Conference - Florida East/West Coast

posted Oct 9, 2018, 7:47 AM by Haitian ArtSociety   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 8:34 AM ]

November 29-December 06 | Florida East/West Coast

Our Annual HAS Conference for 2018 will be held in Florida.
We will visit both the EAST and WEST coasts this year.

Hector Hyppolite now on view at Museum of Modern Art

posted Jun 14, 2018, 9:39 AM by Haitian ArtSociety

Marta Dansie with Hector Hyppolite's the Congo Queen at Museum of Modern Art
Marta Dansie, who participated in HAS conferences in New York and Haiti, is now Department Coordinator of MoMA’s International Program. She has accomplished a miracle, persuading her colleagues to bring their Hyppolite out of storage.  (It was acquired in 1954.) It now hangs in one of MoMA’s permanent collection galleries, in a prominent spot and in excellent company — two large Picasso’s (“3 women at a spring” and “3 musicians”), Fernand Leger’s “3 women” all from 1921, Paul Klee’s “mask of fear” and sculptures by Alberto Giacometti and Alexander Calder. Wow!

I hope the public will like it, so that it will remain on view for a long time and awaken interest in Haitian art.

Artwork Credit: Hector Hyppolite (Haitian, 1894-1948), The Congo Queen, 1946. Enamel, oil, and pencil on cardboard. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bareiss, 1956. Museum of Modern Art Collection, now on view Floor 5. www.moma.org


posted May 24, 2018, 1:44 PM by Haitian ArtSociety   [ updated Oct 9, 2018, 7:45 AM ]

November 29-December 06 | Florida East/West Coast

Our Annual HAS Conference for 2018 will be held in Florida.
We will visit both the EAST and WEST coasts this year.

Check out the tentative schedule.

Faulconer Gallery to feature 'En Voyage: Hybridity and Vodou in Haitian Art'

posted Jan 26, 2018, 10:49 AM by Haitian ArtSociety

The exhibition, curated by 9 Grinnell College students, will open on Thursday, Jan. 25


Edouard Duval-Carrié, "La Traversée," 2016. Mixed media in artist's frame, 68 x 68 inches. Image courtesy of Edouard Duval-Carrié.
GRINNELL, Iowa —  The Faulconer Gallery will open an exhibition titled "En Voyage: Hybridity and Vodou in Haitian Art" on Thursday, Jan. 25, at Grinnell College. Curated by nine Grinnell students as part of an art history seminar, this exhibition includes prominent works by Haitian American artist Edouard Duval-Carrié.


The renowned artist was an international visiting fellow last fall at Grinnell College, where he collaborated with students to create an original piece of art. The mixed-media installation, which explores ideas and images of freedom and abolition, will be displayed in the college's $113 million Humanities and Social Studies Complex, which is under construction and scheduled to open in 2020.


Fredo Rivera, a 2006 Grinnell College graduate and an assistant professor of art history at Grinnell, taught the Exhibition Seminar during the fall semester. Under his guidance, the student curators built an exhibition around four of Duval-Carrié's paintings.


They focused on themes of hybridity and displacement, and how Haitian art and Vodou encapsulate African, European and indigenous traditions. Vodou, also known as Voodoo, is a dominant religion in Haiti. 


"In the United States, Vodou is often the subject of misunderstanding and stigmatization," said Grinnell College third-year student Ellen Taylor, who helped curate the exhibition. "Through an exhibition of diverse works of art across time and medium, we aspire to showcase the depth and complexity of this religious tradition."


Duval-Carrié will attend several events marking the opening of the exhibition on Jan. 25. At 11 a.m. Laurent Dubois, professor of romance studies and history at Duke University, will present the Scholars' Convocation lecture titled "Democracy at the Roots: Culture and Sovereignty in Haiti." The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will start at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell.


At 4 p.m. Rivera and student curators will introduce their exhibition and discuss the themes and works on view at the Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell. An opening reception will follow at 5 p.m.


"This exhibition provides a unique look at the politics of migration and creative ingenuity within Haitian art," Rivera said. "I hope viewers will not only learn about the incredible breadth and brilliance of Haitian art, but connect it more broadly to themes of displacement and creation evident throughout the humanities.


"As a teacher," he added, "the most exciting part for me has been observing the teamwork and initiative of the nine curators. The opportunity to travel together and have discussions with museum professionals across the nation has been amazing and greatly informed this endeavor."


Student curators enrolled in the seminar traveled to Miami galleries and museums and to relevant museums throughout Iowa to explore Haitian art, thanks to an Innovation Fund Grant from the college's Instructional Support Committee and funding from the college's Institute for Global Engagement. They selected four major works by Duval-Carrié from his personal collection, a private collection in Miami and the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. These form the core of the show.

Rigaud Benoit, "La Sirene en Voyage," 1980. Oil on masonite, 24 x 18.5 inches. Image courtesy of the Waterloo Center for the Arts, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Reuling.

The students then chose a diversity of Haitian works from the Waterloo Center for the Arts, which has the largest public collection of Haitian art in the world; the Grinnell College Art Collection and the personal collection of Karen Lowell and David Campbell, Henry R. Luce Professor of Nations and the Global Environment and chair of Environmental Studies at Grinnell. The students' catalog and related programs will place these works into a broader context and explore the themes central to the exhibition seminar. The students have been responsible for every part of the project from exhibition layout, to selection of speakers, to catalog contents.


der context and explore the themes central to the exhibition seminar. The students have been responsible for every part of the project from exhibition layout, to selection of speakers, to catalog contents.


The following events in conjunction with the exhibition will take place in Faulconer Gallery:


Feb. 2, 11 a.m. — Professor Campbell will speak about works from his personal collection featured in "En Voyage: Hybridity and Vodou in Haitian Art."


Feb. 20, 11 a.m. — Kesho Scott, associate professor American studies and sociology at Grinnell, will discuss the ways in which the Haitian Revolution affected the culture and population of modern Haiti.


Feb. 21, 4 p.m. — Screening: "Of Men and Gods," a documentary about the daily life of several openly gay Haitian men who are also Vodou practitioners.


Feb. 22, 11 a.m. — Doug Hess, assistant professor of political science at Grinnell, will discuss selected works in the exhibition within the context of modern and historical Haitian society, as well as his experiences working with Haitians on human rights and pro-democracy projects in Haiti.


Feb. 24, 1:30-3 p.m. — Community Day offers opportunities for people of all ages to view two concurrent exhibitions: "En Voyage: Hybridity and Vodou in Haitian Art" and "Making Life Visible: Art, Biology and Visualization." Hands-on activities will include making mermaids.


March 14, 4 p.m. — Artists@Grinnell featuring Erol Josué, a Haitian singer, dancer and Vodou priest, who will give a performance lecture on Vodou traditions and religious music. Co-sponsored by the college's Music and Religious Studies departments.  


"En Voyage: Hybridity and Vodou in Haitian Art" will continue at the Faulconer Gallery through March 18. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the college's website: www.grinnell.edu. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar@grinnell.edu.


The college also welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child's safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases the college expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child's safety and sees that the child complies with directions of college personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.


Cutlines for attached photos:

Edouard Duval-Carrié, "La Traversée," 2016. Mixed media in artist's frame, 68 x 68 inches. Image courtesy of Edouard Duval-Carrié.

Rigaud Benoit, "La Sirene en Voyage," 1980. Oil on masonite, 24 x 18.5 inches. Image courtesy of the Waterloo Center for the Arts, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Reuling.


About Grinnell College
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,700 students from all 50 states and from as many countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.

Sad news – Haitian Art has lost a great friend

posted Apr 27, 2017, 12:52 PM by Haitian ArtSociety   [ updated May 9, 2017, 12:44 PM ]


posted Feb 21, 2017, 10:23 AM by Haitian ArtSociety

Haitian, Jamaican, American Self-Taught, and African Art Exhibition and Auction
Material Culture
in Philadelphia,

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 11:00pm
Exhibition: March 4-18,11:00am-5:pm
Special Exhibition Reception:
Saturday, March 4, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Refreshments, Free and Open to the Public

Jonathan Demme and Material Culture are planning a very large exhibit and auction at Material Culture in Philadelphia in March, 2017. This show, entitled “Heart of the Collection” will feature 300-400 pieces comprised of American Self-Taught, Haitian, Jamaican, and African and artworks from the collections of Jonathan Demme and Charles Ford Wheeler. The actual auction will take place at 11AM EST, on March 19th, but the exhibit will be on display from March 4th – 18th. (11AM-5PM). This should be a wonderful opportunity to see a sizeable portion of Jonathan’s Haitian collection, in addition to the other works on display.

Material Culture will be hosting a Special Pre-Auction Exhibition Party with Live Music & Refreshments, Saturday, March 18, 7pm-11pm | RSVP Required: info@materialculture.

In addition, Tony Fisher will be hosting a Peruvian and Haitian exhibit and reception on Friday night, March 17th at his Indigo Gallery, 1400 N American St # 104, Philadelphia, PA 19122 at around 5PM.

If you are planning on attending, please contact Ed Gessen (who will be attending) at (310) 600-1007, or edgessen@gmail.com. Please see the flyer, below for further information.

2017 Haitian Art Society Conference | Waterloo, IA & Midwest

posted Feb 21, 2017, 10:10 AM by Haitian ArtSociety   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 10:23 AM ]

Save the Date
Annual Haitian Art Society Conference
September 23-28, 2017
Waterloo, IA & Midwest Tour

Featuring a view and tour of the major Haitian Art collections in the Midwest at Waterloo Center for the Arts, Figge Art Museum, and the Milwaukee Art Collection. The Waterloo Center for the Arts is coordinating an installation of works by Pascale Monnin entitled "The Birth of Humming Bird and Other Complex Marvels" along with a first look at the Ted Frankel collection of flags and objects recently acquired. It doesn't stop there. Additional exhibits are planned with partnering museums, as well as a few guest speakers. Please stay tuned, more information coming soon.

Annual Conference 2016

posted Nov 19, 2015, 1:14 PM by Haitian ArtSociety   [ updated Dec 15, 2015, 12:26 PM ]

February 11-14 | San Francisco CA

Join us for commraderie, networking and tours of private collections.

Cost: $150 per person

Registration includes motor coach transportation, admission to conference events, annual Haitian Art Society membership dues. Meals and Lodging are not included.

Conference Itinerary

Thurs 2/11:

Arrive SF

3:00PM Orientation/Social at hotel

5:00PM Tour collection of sculptor Ralph Greco in Palo Alto. A longtime collector, Greco has a diverse collection including modern art as well as work by self-taught artists.

PM:  Dinner TBD

Friday 2/12:
10:00AM Tour collection of Arthur Albrecht. An outstanding collection of early Haitian masters.

1:00PM Tour collection of noted author and art critic Herbert Gold.

PM (Time TBD) Tour collection of Tom & Caroline Crawford. The Crawfords, who maintain a home in Jacmel, purchased fine works from the Rodmans.

PM: Dinner Chinatown TBD

(Public Transportation between sites – all located within 5 mile radius.)

Saturday 2/13
Susan Tselos, independent curator and researcher will share her collection of ceremonial Vodou flags at the home of Carole Austin, Curator Emeritus of the San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, whose home includes a fine, varied folk art collection.

2:00PM Tour collection of Patrick Jamieson in Marin County (Novato). A former art book dealer, Jamieson has exhibited his collection at Sonoma Community College.

PM: Dinner TBD (Berkeley/Oakland)

Sunday 2/14:
8:00AM Tour the vast and prestigious collection of Ned Hopkins of Stockton. Hopkins maintains his own Haitian art website (http://haitianarthopkins.com).

PM Stockton: lunch

PM SF: Free time

PM: SF Dinner TBD

Monday: 2/15:


La Quinta San Francisco Airport West

1390 El Camino Blvd

Millbrae, CA 94030

Hotel Phone: (650) 952-3200

Reservation phone: (800) 642-4239 option 1 King Rates Example: $107 (Group Rate code: “Haitian Art Society” - reservations must be made by 1/21/16 for this rate)

Free airport shuttle-just call hotel, free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast

Good public transportation, lots of restaurants in this commercial neighborhood

2016 Haitian Art Society Conference

posted Aug 4, 2015, 2:28 PM by Haitian ArtSociety   [ updated Nov 30, 2015, 6:58 AM ]

Save the Date
Haitian Art Society Annual Conference
February 11-14, 2016
San Francisco, CA

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