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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.

HAS Conference Info & Form

posted Aug 9, 2017, 7:03 AM by Haitian ArtSociety   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 7:34 AM ]

Haitian Art Society Annual Conference
September 23-28 | Waterloo, Iowa & Midwest
Exploring Haitian Art through collections, discussions and revelry.

Printable Conference Schedule & Information

Printable Conference Registration form

Register by September 15. 

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

The Save A Museum Art Collection

posted Aug 3, 2015, 11:57 AM by Haitian ArtSociety

50 paintings to raise $50,000.00
all donated for the repair of the Musée d'Art Haitien           
Varied prices - Varied styles - All are original

50 paintings to raise $50,000.00 for the repair of the Musée d’Art Haitien du College St Pierre which was severely damaged by the January 2010 earthquake. More than 80 paintings were donated by artists and collectors last year.

The sale of many helped fund the first phase of the reconstruction. Plans are underway for the second phase. This is the most expensive one and, although some help has been given and some has been promised, it won't be enough. You can help make it happen by purchasing a painting from the collection, by making a donation, and by helping us reach others who care. Thank you.

Visit http://toussaintlouverturefoundation-or.doodlekit.com/home for more information.

From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography

posted Jun 22, 2015, 7:59 AM by Haitian ArtSociety

June 21 – October 4, 2015
NSU Art Museum | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Photography has provided ongoing and important narratives of Haiti’s people, art, culture and politics since the advent of the medium in the 19th century. From June 21 through October 4, 2015, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will present the first comprehensive museum survey of photography in Haiti in the exhibition From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography.

The exhibition’s nearly 350 works from the late 19th century to the present engage the history of photography in Haiti with the work o

f contemporary artists and photographers, offering a fascinating perspective on life in Haiti and how political and natural crises have been perceived by native and foreign photographers and photojournalists.

From Within and Without is organized by NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and is curated by Haitian-American artist Edouard Duval-Carrié.

From Within and Without features documentary, commercial, and official state photography, along with photographs from studio archives, f

amily snapshots, and graphic arts that incorporate photography and film, documenting Haiti’s public and domestic architecture, its landscape, political history, natural disasters, and events that exemplify the richness and vitality of Haiti’s past and present.


You are cordially and enthusiastically invited to this important exhibition opening on 25 June, 2015!

If you wish to attend the panel discussion with curator, artists and authors present, please do RSVP to the phone number below as seating is limited. Otherwise the opening is free to the public.

Haitian Art Society Annual Conference Paris Schedule

posted Jan 22, 2015, 12:52 PM by Haitian ArtSociety

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Daytime: Arrivals, sightseeing on your own
Check-in at Hotel Turenne Le Marais
http://www.turennemarais.com/   Tel. +33(0)1 42 78 43 25
6 rue de Turenne, 75004 Paris                  
Metro: Line 1 Saint-Paul (Five short blocks from hotel. See airport transfer option notes)

Daytime suggestions:
Niki de Saint Phalle exhibition before it closes Monday, February 2nd

Grand Palais, Galeries nationales, Clémenceau Entrance, place Clémenceau

Square Jean Perrin, Champs-Elysées, avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8ème

Metro: lines 1, 9, 13 / Stations: Franklin-D.-Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau


Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, a cabinet of curiosities in the Marais

Hôtel Guénégaud, 62 rue des Archives, 3e, walk from the hotel


Centre Pompidou

Piazza, Place Georges Pompidou, rue du Renard

Jacques-André Boiffard, surrealist photography exhibition, Jeff Koons


walk from the hotel

The Louvre


30-minute walk or take Metro line 1 to Palais Royal - Louvre

6:00pm Meet at Hotel Turenne Le Marais to walk to restaurant

6:30pm Orientation Meeting and Group Dinner at The Royal Charonne, 101 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France, +33 1 43 67 35 80


Sunday, February 1, Marais, Picasso and Flea Markets

Most businesses are closed in France on Sundays. The Marais neighborhood where Hotel Turenne is located is an exception, as there are many Jewish-owned businesses. Many museums are free and open to the public on the first Sunday of each month. This means they will be crowded.


Options9am Concert at The Palace of Versailles


10:00am Picasso Museum, Musée National Picasso-Paris

5 rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris



Parisian flea markets with Larry Kent St Ouen, 15 acres of antiques market

48, rue Jules Valles (marché des antiquaires) 93400 Saint-Ouen

Avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt           

Metro: Porte de Clignancourt on line 4 or Porte de St.-Ouen on line 13 


Note: get cash before you go as there are very few ATMS, but also watch your wallet


Marché du Livre Ancien et d'Ocassion - Parc Georges Brassens

(under the pavillon Baltard)  104 rue Brancion 75015

60-80 bouquinistes (book dealers)  weekends 9-6pm.

Convention (line 12), Porte de Vanves

Porte de Vanves line #11 near the metro stop.  (350 vendors selling

paintings, ceramics, silver art deco etc.

Rung is wholesale market tour but only for the hardy 5am-8am  Near Charles de Gaulle airport. www.rungismarket.com


Note: If you run out of time, consider visiting a flea market the following Saturday February 7.


Monday, February 2, Paris West

10:15am meet at hotel to depart

11:00am Fondation Louis Vuitton, new museum, designed by Frank Gehry, Olafur Eliassonexhibition


Closed Tuesdays, open 11am -7pm 


If weather permits, walk around Parc Monceau


3:00pm Dapper Museum of the African and Diasporan Art



6:30-8:30pm Cocktails at the home of Joel Dreyfuss, journalist and art lover, currently writing a book on his family roots in Haiti

130 Blvd. Malesherbes

Metro 3 line to Malesherbes or the 2 line to Monceau

vonage # 646-827-8795; Joel.dreyfuss@gmail.com


Tuesday, February 3, Travel to Laval

Train from Monparnasse in Paris to Laval

travel time 1 hour 30 minutes each way; cost 20Euros each way

Musée du Vieux-Château, Laval    

permanent collection of self-taught artists, honoring Rousseau's birthplace http://laval.fr/musees/art-naif/

Lunch in town

Return to Paris in the evening


Wednesday, February 4, Northern Paris and Grand Palais

9:15am depart hotel

10am Studio visit, artist Elodie Barthélemy

28 rue d'Oran 75018 Paris

Metro Château Rouge on line 4

Travel instructions: Metro from St Sebastien Froissart, line 8 direction Balard, change at the station Strasbourg Saint Denis, you will tke the line 4, direction Porte de Clignancourt rue Poulet near the market, then rue des Poissonniers, and it will be the first street on your right, call so she can open door

Tel. +33(0)173759324, mobile 0033(0)618016603


15-minute walk to 

11:30pm Halle St. Pierre / Musée d'Art Naïf – Max Fourny also known as the Muséed'Art Brut

2, rue Ronsard – 75018 Paris         


Mon-Friday 11-6pm, Saturday 11:00 am/19:00 pm  Sunday 12:00 am/18:00 pm (note: their bookstore is closed exceptionally from Feb 5-7)

Metro line 1 to Chatelet, transfer to line 4 to Barbès – Rochechouart OR transfer at Concorde to line 12 to Abesses


1:00pm optional lunch: Haitian restaurant Le Paradis Tropical (no group reservation)


6 rue Custine - 75018 - Paris - Tél : 01 42 57 87 24


2:30pm Grand Palais, exhibition Haiti: Two Centuries of Artistic Creation

Clémenceau Entrance, place Clémenceau, 3, avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris http://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/haiti

(Exhibition open on Wednesday until 10pm)

2:30pm tour by curator Regine Cuzin with artist Hervé Télémaque

TBD talk by André Juste

Option: there are Cafes inside the Grand Palais


6:15pm doors open 

6:30pm Roundtable discussion on Haitian art with writer Françoise Vergès, and art historians Carlo A. Celius et Bernard Marcadé, with sociologist Laennec Hurbon, on the place of art in the world today

auditorium Champs-Elysées, Grand Palais


(Free of charge (can print tickets anytime after January 28th on website)


Thursday, February 5, A Day on the Left Bank

11am Galerie Albert Loeb, dealer, African, self-taught artists represented


12 rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006 Paris

Optional: Gibert Jeune, new and used bookstore

Place Saint-Michel


new and used books, Haitian section


16 rue des écoles - 75005 Paris            


Metro: Maubert-Mutualité on line 10 

closed Sundays, opens 10am closes for lunch 



optional Eiffel Tower, and lunch with view

optional: Musee d' Orsay (open until 8pm Thursdays)

optional: Museum of Modern Art (across the river from the Eiffel Tower)

Sonia Delaunay, David Altmejd exhibitions

11 avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris

open until 6pm


optional: dinner cruise on the River Seine


Friday, February 6

11:00am Quai Branly ethnographic museum

37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France


3:00pm Tea and collection viewing hosted by Jezabel Traube, daughter of Luce Turnier

rue Charlot, Marais


Saturday, February 7

option: Musée vodou, West African vodou museum, private collection opened to the public in 2014         


4, rue de Koenigshoffen, 67000 Strasbourg         

TGV train from Gare de l'Est in Paris to Strasbourg, 2 hour trip, price is currently only 20Euros each way 8 minute walk from train station    

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2-6pm or by group appointment


option: flea markets in Paris 

option: Louvre museum and/or antiquing near Louvre museum

8:00pm Location TBD farewell dinner in Latin Quarter


Sunday, February 8, departures

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