By Joel Delgado ’12 MS ’17
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum is celebrating Haitian Heritage Month with an exhibition featuring the works of Haitian artist Philippe Dodard. The opening reception is free and open to the public May 7 at 6 p.m.
The exhibition, Philippe Dodard: Tradition, runs through June 29. Dodard’s work is unique and powerful, expressive and bold, and his use of ink, paint and metal is celebrated throughout Haiti’s artistic community. While his Haitian influences are clearly evident, he has stretched tradition and, in doing so, created a fresh Haitian sophistication that is uniquely his own, the very definition of “independence.”
Dodard is an internationally acclaimed artist who lives and creates from his home in Haiti. As one of the Caribbean’s leading contemporary artists, his success demonstrates the visionary power of Haitian visual art that has continued to command international attention.
“Dodard’s art is as distinctive as it is engaging,” says Carol Damian, director and chief curator of the Frost Art Museum. “Through his art, he reveals his ancestral heritage in contemporary terms for a new definition of culture and aesthetics that is intrinsically his own, yet belongs to a global worldview.”
Also on display at The Frost is renowned artist Monika Weiss’ Sustenazo (Lament II) video exhibition, which debuted April 23. The exhibit runs through Aug. 3.
Sustenazo (Lament II) is one of three videos originally shown as part of Monika Weiss: Sustenazo, an exhibition organized in 2010 at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, in Warsaw, Poland.
Weiss directed, recorded, composed, and choreographed the performative work that embraces history, memory, and language in overlapping rhythms and forms.
By enacting ancient gestures of lamentation, Sustenazo (Lament II) considers contemporary contexts of apathy, indifference, invisibility, and historical amnesia within the public forum. Although a specific war crime partly motivated the artist to communicate the devastating effects of totalitarian invasions and their inhuman consequences, Lament is, according to the artist, “the carrier of the emotional states of grief and sorrow endured by humanity throughout time.”
To see other exhibitions currently on display, visit The Frost’s Current Exhibition page.