Exhibition of Haitian art to open at Jule Collins Smith Museum

Les SirènesAUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will open an exhibition of Haitian art, “Lespri Endonptabl: Selected Works from the Winslow Anderson Collection of Haitian Art at the Huntington Museum of Art,” that will be on display from Aug. 20 through Oct. 29 in the Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth Gallery and the Chi Omega–Hargis Gallery.

“Lespri endonptabl,” Haitian Creole for ‘the indomitable spirit,’ is an exhibition of 32 objects produced in Haiti between 1945 and 1990 depicting themes of everyday life, landscape, flora, fauna, agriculture, folklore and Voodoo.

The exhibition and its programs are the musuem’s contribution to Auburn’s common book program, Auburn Connects! The next selection in the common book program is Tracy Kidder’s “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World.” Farmer, an infectious disease specialist, was named United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti in 2009 to assist in improving the economic and social conditions of the Caribbean nation.

Voo Doo SymbolesThe museum will co-sponsor a series of lectures and films beginning in September in conjunction with the exhibition. The first lecture is Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. and features professor Donald Cosentino from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Culture, International Institute, as he speaks about “Vodou Spirits in Haitian Art.”

For more information about the Jule Collins Smith Museum, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/index.php or call (334) 844-1484.

(Contributed by Colleen Bourdeau.)

Contact: Colleen Bourdeau, (334) 844-7075 (cbourdeau@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)