Daniel Orelus, Crocodiles, 35 1/4 x 49 1/4, Collection of Figge Art Museum, Courtesy of Curatorial Assistance.

Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art

October 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015

Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art surveys Haiti’s rich visual arts traditions, demonstrating that despite the country’s turbulent history, painting and sculpture have flourished. These works of art speak to the vitality of Haitian culture and the indomitable spirit of its people. Generations of self-taught Haitian artists have invented and refined a distinctive style that gives us insight into their experiences, values, and beliefs. The exhibition is divided into several fascinating segments: Vodou and Roman Catholicism, History and Politics, and Scenes from Everyday Life. We can easily appreciate how these works of art inspired the imaginations of Haitians, so that they could better understand and sometimes escape the island nation’s complex problems.

Restoring the Spiir: Celebrating Haitian Art is curated by Rima Girnius, PhD, originated by the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, and organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.