Exhibition: “Energie Nouvelle—New Energy,” Haitian Art in Manhattan


An exhibition organized by the Artist Forum of the Consulate General of Haiti in New York, “Energie Nouvelle–New Energy,” is on view at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkelaba House until September 19, 2015. Tequila Minsky (Caribbean Life News) reports that the opening was packed with more than 200 people last Sunday. The show centers on the works of 53 artists of Haitian descent, including traditional, realistic, cubist, and abstract paintings. The highly diverse work includes “watercolors to spray paint, collages, sculptures, and black and white images by four photographers.” Tomorrow, August 30, at 3:00pm, five exhibiting artists will participate in a panel to discuss issues related to Haitian artists and what they think of the future of Haitian art. The Kenkelaba House, directed by Corinne Jennings, is located at 214 East Second Street (at Avenue B) in the East Village in New York City.

Exhibitors in this show run the generational gamut, some in their teens to two in their eighties. And these Haitian artists live all over too: Canada, Austria, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Florida, and the New York region. At least two-thirds were at the reception. Art lovers, friends and fans couldn’t believe the variety of art produced from the Haitian community, says [Patricia] Brintle [one of five from Artist Forum who organized the exhibit], “It’s not all coconut trees or naïve art.”

The Artist Forum collaborated with the Haitian Consulate, which offered support, inviting those from its vast mailing list and bringing in a wider audience. They also helped with the reception.

The Artist Forum and Consulate organized the show well aware that there is a plethora of artists in the community and that “artists don’t know how to promote themselves.”

The host space Kenkelaba House is perfect for this exhibition, as it is dedicated to the exhibition of artworks by African-American, Latino, Asian-American, and Native American artists. The Gallery sponsors exhibitions, often exploring historical or thematic issues, and hosted “Save a Museum Exhibit and Sale,” in September 2013, to raise money for Haiti’s Musee d’Art that was heavily damaged in the earthquake.

[. . .] The show sold out its artist’s catalogue with a statement from each artist and reproduction of all the work on exhibit.

Now that this exhibition is assembled, Brintle would love for it to travel and be exhibited at any local university gallery like Columbia or Brooklyn College or other suitable gallery space.

[Image above was from the original call; see http://bx200.com/call-for-haitian-artists-art-exhibition-summer-2015-at-wilmer-jennings-gallery-at-kenkeleba/.]

For full article, see http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2015/9/2015-08-26-tm-haitian-artist-cl.html

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