Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art

Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art

Now - Mar 14, 2021
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Recurring daily through Mar 14, 2021

“MOCA is honored to host the most comprehensive survey of work by Raúl de Nieves, complemented by the exhibition, ‘Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art,’ focusing on Haitian art and paying tribute to Haiti’s rich historical, cultural, and artistic heritage.”

“Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art” Selection from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection,
On View Nov. 18, 2020–March 14, 2021

This exhibition pays tribute to Haiti’s rich historical, cultural, and artistic heritage. It features renowned 20th-century masters from the first and second generation of artists associated with Port-au-Prince's Centre d' Art as well as some of their contemporaries and pupils. The show presents a selection of paintings from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection, which have never been shown together. In addition to highlighting works by masters such as Hector Hyppolite, Philomé Obin, Rigaud Benoit, Louverture Poisson, Jacques-Enguérrand Gourgue, Wilson Bigaud, and Gérard Valcin, this exhibition also features paintings by Gesner Abelard, Adam Leontus, André Normil, Ernst Louizor, Gerda Louizor, Célestin Faustin, Guy F. Joachim, Roland Palanquet, and Dieudonné Vital. 

The merging of techniques, methods, and cultures is seen through the masters’ work, ushering forth a uniquely and quintessentially Haitian style. The paintings explore the Haitian identity through deep, rich, vibrant colored scenes depicting historical figures, tropical flowers and fruits, real and imagined rural landscapes, and daily activities infused with spirituality and Afro-Caribbean religious symbolism, particularly from a voodoo tradition. The exhibition is curated by Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig, Ph.D., art historian, independent curator, and art critic.  

Art of Black Miami 2020 Event 

Virtual Tours:

On Sunday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 at 3:00 p.m., MOCA’s Curator of Education Amanda Covach will provide a virtual tour of MOCA’s current exhibitions “Raúl De Nieves: Eternal Return & The Obsidian Heart” and “Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art,” Selection from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection.

RSVP here for Nov. 29 Virtual Tour

RSVP here for Dec. 6 Virtual Tour

MOCA’s extended opening hours during Miami Art Week are Tuesday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


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