Decolonizing Refinement: The Kingdom of This World
- Nov 10, 2018 - Apr 26, 2019
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 Spady Museum’s show will run from Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, through Friday, April 26, 2019; the exhibition opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. FAU’s show will run from Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, through Saturday, February 2, 2019.
The Spady Museum will hold a special “Ride and Remember” Bus Tour on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, which allow riders to enjoy both exhibits in one day. The tour will begin at 11 a.m. with riders exploring the elements on display at the Spady, then boarding the bus to travel to FAU to experience the Schmidt Center Gallery’s elements. Cost for the tour is $35; RSVP to 561-279-8883 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ride-and-remember-bustour-tickets-17717331014
The “Decolonizing Refinement” project was devised by a team of art history scholars with Duval-Carrié at Florida State University, where a version of the exhibition was first presented in Spring 2018. 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 exhibition employs Duval-Carrié’s recent works, which critique the Francophone history of Caribbean representation, as agents of “decolonization.” The Museum of Fine Arts at FSU organized the exhibition and published a catalogue with several essays by the FSU art historians and other scholars. Khaulah Naime Nuruddin, University Galleries, FAU Museum education coordinator, serves as curator for both the FAU and Spady Museum versions of the exhibition.
In association with “Decolonizing Refinement,” FAU’s College of Arts and Letters will present a series of related public programs that will inaugurate the new Americas Initiative. The Initiative supports interdisciplinary research, and the comparative analysis of culture, history, society, politics, music, art, media, language and literature of the Americas, exploring the interconnections between North, South, Central America and the Caribbean. Learn more at http://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/galleries/
IF YOU GO:
New! Sister Exhibition: “Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié” – Miami-born Duval-Carrie’s art is combined with historical artifacts related to Florida’s agricultural labor history, borrowed from south Florida regional historical collections.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, through Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444; www.spadymuseum.com. Exhibit opening reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, through Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Schmidt Center Gallery on Florida Atlantic University’s campus, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431; www.fau.edu/galleries