Campus Exhibit to Celebrate Haitian Art
The University community is invited to celebrate Haitian art by visiting a current campus exhibit and attending an April 3, 2012 reception. The exhibit and reception are co-sponsored by the Center for African Studies, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the School of Education.
“We cannot help but recall the catastrophic tragedy of the January 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where Spiritans, together with the people of Haiti, suffered loss of life and massive devastation,” said Dr. Gerald M. Boodoo, associate professor of theology and acting director of the Center for African Studies. “The paintings in this exhibit remind us that there is, and has been, a heritage of vibrant and colorful everyday cultures in Haiti that must be recognized, supported and promoted. Their expressions of everyday concerns help us to consider our own situation and the call for continued support of the people of Haiti.”
The Haitian art exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Haitian Art Exhibit
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the Les Idees Gallery, Union
The exhibit features the work of Haitian artists Jean-Baptiste Jean, Joseph Augustin and Dumerleus Jeune. The show includes a mix of paintings of rural everyday life and scenes of early Haitian history. The exhibition was coordinated by Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, a local non-profit organization that supports a hospital in rural Haiti.
Haitian Art Reception
6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in the Africa Room
The Haitian art reception will feature a presentation by Dr. Marcus Rediker, distinguished professor of Atlantic history at the University of Pittsburgh, to discuss early Haitian history and art. Refreshments will be provided.
For additional information, contact Dr. Rodney Hopson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.396.4034.