Haitian Beatz writes: “For too many of us, the devastation in Haiti has been pushed to the back burner, either by our daily lives or the latest sensational tragedy to invade the airwaves. But, in the wake of the devastating earthquake there is still plenty of attention that needs to be paid on the island nation.” The Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) recently opened an exhibition to benefit Haiti earthquake relief efforts. “Haiti Rising,” which opened on June 14, 2010, is on view through September 17. The ISM is located at 409 Prospect Street in New Haven, Connecticut.
Description: “In collaboration with the Department of Gallery & Museum Services/Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University and the Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC), the Institute is bringing the exhibition Haiti Rising: Selections for the Stanley Popiel and Ingrid Feddersen Collection of Eastern Connecticut State University, a collection of 50 Haitian paintings and sculptures to southern Connecticut audiences. The exhibition on view at the ISM represents a portion of the impressive body of work collected by Ms. Feddersen and Dr. Popiel during their many visits to Haiti between 1979 and 1999, and generously donated to the university in 2000. The work of more than 30 artists is on view in Haiti Rising including that of Préfète Duffaut, Wifrid Teleon, Serge Geffrard, Roland St. Hubert, Hyppolite Felizor, and Roger François. According to curator Elizabeth H. Peterson, the director of the Akus Gallery at ECSU, ‘The works in this exhibition differ widely in style from primitive to abstract expressionist to the surreal, and in subject matter including the juxtaposition of Voodoo and Christianity, village or city life, poverty and wealth, or peace or destruction. Haiti Rising reflects the vibrancy of Haiti’s history, the depth of Haiti’s need particularly now as the nation rebuilds, and the wealth of its people in spirit to rise and emerge stronger.’”
For more information on the exhibition, see http://www.yale.edu/ism/events/HaitiRising.html
To donate through the Overseas Ministries Study Center, go to http://secure.omsc.org/donate
To donate through the Haitian Health Foundation, so to http://www.haitianhealthfoundation.org/
Image: “Haiti Rising”(1986) by Joseph Marcellus.