Haitian Artists Say Increased Tourism Will Boost Sales

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Artists in Haiti say they are struggling to sell their work, which makes supporting their families difficult. Local artists are asking the government to invest in tourism so they can expand the market for their work, as Lynda Michel writes for The Global Press Institute. Here are some excerpts from her article. Follow the link below for the original report.

Louis Jean Gounod is a poet and artist living in Jérémie, a town in southwestern Haiti. He says he is struggling to make a living in the visual arts, an art form he has long had a passion for.

“Ever since I was 6 years old, I used to draw,” he says. “I used to take money from my mother to buy colored pencils.”

“We need tourists because it is the tourists who will buy our paintings.”

Louis Jean Gounod, artist

But his family couldn’t afford to provide him…

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VOCES: Edouard Duval Carrié

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VOCES: Edouard Duval Carrié

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Black Box Theater

Museo del Barrio

New York City

Admission: Free

In an evening of conversation with Haitian-born, Miami based artist, Edouard Duval Carrié and Jerry Philogene, Assistant Professor of American studies, Dickinson College, Duval discusses his work, which combines African fables, classical mythology, Haitian and world history with contemporary events, and the personal experiences that have shaped his trajectory.

This program is presented with the Haiti Cultural Exchange (www.haiticulturalx.org).

For RSVP please click here.

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Slavery shouldn’t distort the story of black people in Britain

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Black History Month should address the fact that many assume Africans in 16th- and 17th-century England were slaves, as Miranda Kaufmann writes in this article for London’s Guardian.

When I tell people I study Africans in Renaissance Britain, they often reply: “Oh, you mean slaves?” Despite the fact that Black History Month – currently being celebrated – is now in its 25th year, and that it’s more than 60 years since the Windrush brought the first postwar Caribbean migrants, it’s clear that many wrong assumptions about the black presence in Britain are still made.

It seems the emphasis on the horrors of slavery, including the commemoration of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act’s bicentenary in 2007, can leave many, especially the young, with a very bleak image of black history. The assumption that Africans in 16th- and 17th-century England must have been slaves is not only wrong…

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Paula L. Woods Reviews “Kingston Noir”

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In “The dark sensibilities of ‘Kingston Noir’” Paula L. Woods reviews the recent anthology (June 2012) edited by Colin Channer, stating that “it subverts the simplistic sunshine/reggae/spliff-smoking image of Jamaica at almost every turn.” She adds that “It’s amply rewarding.” See excerpts with a link to the full Los Angeles Times article below:

Starting in 2004 with “Brooklyn Noir,” the more than 50 titles in the Akashic Books series of crime fiction have been distinguished by contributions from writers who live in or write about cities and areas rife with Hollywood-influenced dark sensibilities (Los Angeles, Manhattan, San Francisco) as well as unexpected places (the Twin Cities, Orange County, Delhi) but whose stories teem nonetheless with betrayal, rage and revenge. Notable editors have included Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Dennis Lehane (Boston) and Patrick Millikin (Phoenix), all of whom have articulated a clear vision for their anthologies while assembling and challenging their usual…

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Opening next week: “Declassified: A Portrait of the Veteran as a Young Artist”

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Recently, I was asked to curate an exhibition in the SVA Photography Department organized by several members of the Veterans Coalition of Arts (VCA), a club at SVA made up of currently enrolled student veterans. Titled “Declassified: A Portrait of the Veteran as a Young Artist,” the show will feature work by four students in the VCA and three well-known former members of the SVA faculty who also served in the United States Armed Forces. In addition to presenting a wide range of works in various mediums, “Declassified” commemorates the many past and present members of the SVA community who have served in the U.S. military, going all the way back to the school’s co-founders Silas Rhodes and Burne Hogarth.

During the lead up to the show, BFA Photo Major Hector Rene drafted a statement that tells the story behind it and provides a little information about its participants. I’ve…

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Curators Talk Mapplethorpe at the Getty and LACMA

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Last year the Getty and LACMA jointly acquired the art and archives of Robert Mapplethorpe, including more than 2,000 works of art as well extensive documentation of this important artist’s celebrated career and working methods. Now both museums are presenting Mapplethorpe exhibitions for the first time since this historic acquisition, in anticipation of a larger, jointly organized retrospective planned for 2016. On view now at LACMA is Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ, while In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe opens at the Getty tomorrow. In collaboration with the Getty Iris, I sat down with Getty curator Paul Martineau to discuss the two exhibitions and what the acquisition means to both institutions.

Britt Salvesen: What appealed to you about acquiring the Mapplethorpe collection?

Paul Martineau: One of the things that Curator Emeritus Weston Naef set as a goal when he established the Getty Museum’s photographs collection was to collect an artist’s work…

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Art Exhibition and Lecture: A Look at Caribbean Colombian Art

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Casa de las Américas and its Center for Caribbean Studies are pleased to sponsor the lecture “El 14 Salón Regional de Artistas: Una mirada al arte actual del Caribe colombiano,” by Jayder Orsini Uribe, who will explore Colombian Caribbean art today. Orsini Uribe is the associate curator of the concurrent exhibition of works by Caribbean Colombian artists. This lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 3:00pm, at the Manuel Galich Room at Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba.

For image above (unrelated to the lecture; “La tormenta” by Colombian artist Hernando Lemaitre, from the book El arte del Caribe colombiano) see http://www.colarte.com/colarte/foto.asp?idfoto=155384

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Kenyon College, 1-Year Position, American Art History (African-American, Latin American, Chicano/a Art History)

American Art History

Subfield:  African-American, Latin American, or Chicano/a Art History


Kenyon College seeks to fill a one-year visiting position in American Art History. 

The successful candidate will teach five courses during the school year beginning in August 2013:  Two Surveys of Art, Part II (Renaissance to Modern), two intermediate classes, one of which must cover any facet of Modern European Art (1750-the present); and an upper-level seminar in an area of expertise. 

Ability and interest in teaching African-American, Latin American, or Chicano/a Art History would be most welcome. 

Ph.D. preferred, but willing to consider ABD. 

Commitment to scholarship and evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level are required. 

Applicants must include a cover letter, a C. V., unofficial transcript, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference (at least one of which must speak to the candidate’s teaching.) 

Only electronic applications will be accepted. 

The candidate must submit his/her application by January 2, 2013 to ensure that it will be reviewed in time for interviews at CAA in New York (February 13-16, 2013). 

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Kenyon welcomes diversity and encourages the applications of women and minority candidates.  Applications must be made at: Kenyon College, Art History Department, One-Year Visiting Position

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“Pearls of the Antilles: Maps of Caribbean Islands” is the theme for the Eighth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography and the accompanying exhibit at UT Arlington Library’s Special Collections. The lectures will take place, beginning at 9:30am on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the Central Library (Sixth Floor) of the University of Texas at Arlington.

The focus of the event is maps, and how they reflect and shaped the histories of Caribbean islands. Speakers will include David Buisseret (Newberry Library); John Garrigus, (UT Arlington); Max Edelson (University of Virginia); Daniel Hopkins (University of Missouri at Kansas City); S. Blair Hedges (Pennsylvania State University).

Accompanying the lectures is an exhibit at UT Arlington Library’s Special Collections titled “Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands,” featuring over seventy maps and prints, drawn solely from the collections at UT Arlington. The exhibit will run from August 2012…

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Discover Dominica’s capital with Creole architecture walking tour

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A new walking tour invites visitors to Dominica to discover its rich architectural heritage. Roseau, the capital of the island, is home to one of the best-preserved collections of 18th century Creole architecture in the Caribbean.

The centre of Roseau is better appreciated on foot, as it boasts some beautiful samples of authentic urban vernacular (traditional residential architecture), which have survived despite numerous hurricanes and fires.

Around Roseau and throughout the island you will also discover many small wood-framed houses, known locally as ‘Ti kaz’, while the colourful mercantile buildings describe the history of the capital as colonial trade increased within the region.

The ‘Historic Roseau Walking Tour’ also encourages a visit to the dwellings of Dominica’s Kalinago Indians: these hut-like structures are built of palm leaves, reeds and local materials giving visitors a historical insight to the way Dominica’s indigenous population used to live on the island.

The new…

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