Symposium: “The Crossing: La traversée: Art in Haiti and the U.S. (1915-1986)”

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Pomona College Museum of Art and Claremont Graduate University present The Crossing/La traversée: Art in Haiti and the U.S. (1915-1986) from Thursday, March 3, 2016, 9:00am to Saturday, March 5, 2016, 5:00pm. “The Crossing: La traversée” is a symposium convening national and international scholars and artists to examine the deep connections between the art and material culture of Haiti and the United States. Pomona College is located in Claremont, California. [Also see previous post Two art exhibitions on Haiti at Pomona College Museum of Art.]

The symposium includes a keynote address by Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié and presentations by artists, curators, librarians, and specialists in wide array of fields, such as Pascale Monnin, Lindsay Twa, Aura Díaz López, Cheryl Finley, and Patrick Polk, among others. On March 5, Myriam J.A. Chancy will read from her novel-in-progress Douze, “Co-existing with the Dead: Narrating Life after the Earthquake.”

Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, MARCH 3

6:00 p.m. Keynote Talk by Edouard Duval-Carrié (painter, sculptor, and installation artist) in the Pomona College Studio Art Hall, Lecture Theater

Opening remarks by Tammi J. Schneider, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Claremont Graduate University and Claudine Michel, Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Reception to follow at the Pomona College Museum of Art 
Catering by Tigeorges Haitian Restaurant
Live Music co-sponsored by Ashé Africa featuring Fusion

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

Morning Presentations in the Pomona College Studio Art Hall, Lecture Theater

Introductions by April Mayes, Associate Professor of History, Pomona College

8:15 a.m. Light refreshments, coffee & tea

9 a.m. Welcome by Elizabeth H. Crighton, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Pomona College

9: 15 a.m. Erica Moiah James
Assistant Professor, History of Art and African American Studies, Yale University
Talk: “Testimony: The 19th Century Haitian Portraits of Louis Rigaud”

9:45 a.m. Peter Haffner
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles
“Tourists Turned Connoisseurs: Collection Histories of Haitian Art in the United States”

10:15 a.m. Kate Ramsey
Associate Professor of History, University of Miami
“Transformative Visions: Reflections on Haitian Art History and Vodou Material Cultures Through the Lens of a Recent Exhibition at the University of Miami”

10:45 a.m. Q&A

11 a.m. Break: Light refreshments, coffee & tea

11:15 a.m. Pascale Monnin, Artist, Port-au-Prince, in conversation with Terri Geis, Curator of Academic Programs, Pomona College Museum of Art

12 p.m. Jean-Daniel Lafontant, Haitian Cultural Foundation, Port-au-Prince
Tour of the exhibition “Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art” at the Pomona College Museum of Art

12:45 p.m. Lunch served at the Pomona College Museum of Art courtyard

Afternoon Presentations in the Pomona College Studio Art Hall, Lecture Theater

Introductions by April Mayes

2 p.m. Ronald Edmond, Artist, Port-au-Prince, in conversation with Robin Derby, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

Morning Presentations in the Pomona College Studio Art Hall, Lecture Theater

Introductions by Marlene Daut, Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Africana Studies, Claremont Graduate University

8:15 a.m. Light refreshments, coffee & tea

9 a.m. Aura Díaz López
Head Librarian and Curator of the Collección Josefina del Toro Fulladosa, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
“The Nemours Collection of Haitian History”

9:30 a.m. Terri Geis
Talk: “The Creative Exchanges of Maya Deren and André Pierre”

10 a.m. Pascale Monnin
Artist and Creative Director, Le Centre d’Art, Port-au-Prince
“The History, Collection, and Contemporary Vision of the Centre d’Art”

10:30 a.m. Q&A

11:15 a.m. Alexandra Madsen, University of Texas at Austin
Curatorial tour of the exhibition “The Shake of a Man in Fever: Haiti’s February Revolution through the Lens of Danny Lyon” at the Pomona College Museum of Art

12 p.m. Lunch served at the Pomona College Museum of Art courtyard

Afternoon Presentations in the Pomona College Studio Art Hall, Lecture Theater

Introductions by Marlene Daut

1:30 p.m. Lindsay Twa
Associate Professor of Art, Augustana University
“Evil Dictators, Cannibalism and Zombies: American Visions of Haiti in the 1920s, 30s, and Beyond”

2 p.m. Cheryl Finley
Associate Professor of Art History, Cornell University, and Richard Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, W.E.B Du Bois Institute, Harvard University
“The Mask as Muse”

2:30 p.m. Marcela Guerrero
Curatorial Fellow, Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles
“Sartorial Imperatives: The Politics of Clothes in Jean-Ulrick Désert’s Negerhosen2000 and The Burqa Project”

3 p.m. Q&A

3:15 p.m. Break: Light refreshments, coffee & tea

3:30 p.m. Alison Saar, Artist, Los Angeles, in conversation with Patrick Polk, Curator of Latin American and Caribbean art, Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles

4:30 p.m. Myriam J.A. Chancy
Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities, Scripps College
Reading from novel-in-progress Douze
“Co-existing with the Dead: Narrating Life after the Earthquake”

To register, email Barbara Coldiron at barbara.coldiron@pomona.edu

For additional parking information and driving directions, please visit http://www.pomona.edu/visiting

 

 

 

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