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DECOLONIZING REFINEMENT: Contemporary Pursuits in the Arts of Edouard Duval-Carrié
November 23, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until February 2, 2019
SCHMIDT CENTER GALLERY
Opening: Friday, November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm
The University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present “Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié.” The exhibition will be on view from Friday, Nov. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 in the Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. featuring a lecture by Edouard Duval Carrié. The lecture and exhibition are free and open to the public.
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,” originally presented at The Fine Art Museum at Florida State University, Carrié’s art is combined with historical artifacts related to Florida’s agricultural labor history. Artifacts are borrowed from south Florida regional historical collections 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 United States in circum-Caribbean histories.
Duval-Carrié’s work navigates the historically rich and culturally complex traditions that comprise a uniquely Caribbean perspective. Duval-Carrié fled his homeland as a teenager, during the dictatorship of Francois Duvalier. He studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and the University of Loyola Montreal in Quebec. Once completing his education, he established his workshop in Miami. Duval-Carrié’s recent works attend to themes of water, travel and Francophone culture. For this artist, water becomes both a symbolic passage and a barrier – the means by which enslaved Africans were brought to the Caribbean and modern-day Haitians migrate to the United States. Both circumstances have been driven by capitalism, a force that occupies Duval-Carrié’s work materially and iconographically.
The exhibition will be open from Saturday, November 9, 2018 – Saturday, February 2, 2019
Tuesday – Saturday 1 pm – 5 pm