Current Exhibition 


Decolonizing Refinement

Edouard Duval-Carrié is an internationally significant Miami-based, Haitian-born artist, who creates colorful, socially and politically-oriented narrative art that channels his knowledge and fascination with Haitian history, spiritual beliefs, and folklore.

For “Decolonizing Refinement,” Carrie’s art is combined with historical artifacts related to Florida’s agricultural labor history, borrowed from south Florida regional historical collections. Different artifacts from “Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié” will be on display at the FAU Schmidt Center Gallery and at the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum – as a two-part, sister exhibition.

The “Decolonizing Refinement” project was devised by a team of art history scholars with Duval-Carrié at Florida State University. The aim of the FSU art historians is to expand understanding of Caribbean visual culture and the arts of the African Diaspora by implicating the colonial heritage of Florida and the broader Southeastern U.S. in circum-Caribbean histories.

The Kingdom of this World

In partnership with the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center, Inc., the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum will host a special conversation series about the book, The Kingdom of this World.

Written in 1949 by Alejo Carpentier, The Kingdom of this World explores the intersection of history and art; the Haitian Revolution; racial, political and religious oppression; and the function and abuse of power across cultures and communities. The book conversation series is held in conjunction with The Spady Museum’s current exhibition, which examines similar themes.

Our Book Club Series Will Be Interactive With Events Held Both Online & In-Person.

The conversation will stream live from the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center’s Youtube; featuring online live commentary for the public to “tune in”. Also join the book club meetings at the Spady Museum, 170 NW 5th Ave Delray Beach, starting Noon, Saturday, January 19th, 2019.

The registration fee for the in-person discussions is $40. This includes one copy of The Kingdom of this World., admission to each discussion, food beverages and snacks, and a private, docent-led tour of the exhibitions at the Spady Museum as well as Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Center Gallery. After the live streaming, the video will be available for posting and sharing across social media networks and be featured on the Spady Museum’s Facebook page, where people can comment and share.

The Kingdom of this World | Series Dates:

  • Introduction and Kick-off: NOON, Saturday, January 19th
  • Personal docent-led tour of the Decolonizing Refinement exhibitions at the SpadyMuseum and at FAU Galleries, 10 am, Saturday, February 2nd
  • Second Discussion: NOON, Saturday, February 16th
  • Final Discussion: NOON, Saturday, March 16th

To participate online, stay tuned HERE. To attend in person discussions, register by calling us here at the SPADY.