The annual meeting of the Haitian Art Society will take place in Washington, SC, from June 11-13, 2009. The centerpiece of the conference will be a visit to the exhibit of more than 50 paintings by Hector Hyppolite, the first genius of the modern Haitian art movement, now hanging at the Museum of the Americas in Washington. Most of these works have not been shown in public for decades and many have never been shown in the US. This is a landmark event in the annals of Haitian Art, the brainchild of Fritz and Gladys Racine, coordinated by the DC chapter of the HAS and curated by Kent Shankle of the Waterloo Center for the Arts
The 3 day HAS conference will include visits to Haitian collections in private homes in the area as well as a visit to the exhibit “Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas” at the National Museum of African Art, developed by Donald Cosentino at the Fowler Museum and curated byJohn Henry Drewal with significant input from Marilyn Houlberg.
On June, 11, there will be a Garden Party gala to officially open the show as well as to kick off the annual meeting of the HAS. For tickets to the gala; http://www.has-dc.org/
For a detailed schedule of events and to register for the conference: http://www.waterloocenterforthearts.org/hyppolite/index.html
My thanks to Bill Bollendorf of Galerie Macondo for the information.
The painting of Papa Zaca by Hector Hyppolite is from the California African American Museum collection.