Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrie

Feb 16 2018
Apr 1 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University
530 W Call St
Tallahassee, FL
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9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrie

The Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University presents the exhibition, "Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrie," February 16-April 1, 2018 with opening reception, February 16, 6-8pm.

Exhibition Dates & Museum Hours
February 16 – April 1, 2018
Open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 1–4 p.m.
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Whether sculpture, painting, or multimedia installation, Edouard Duval-Carrié’s work navigates the historically rich and culturally complex traditions that comprise a uniquely Caribbean perspective. Duval-Carrié’s recent works attend to the themes of water, travel, and Francophone culture. For this artist, for example, 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 the force of capitalism that occupies the artist's work materially and iconographically. This exhibition of Duval-Carrié’s art engages themes associated with the history of North Florida and the southeastern United States, including plantation agriculture, race, slavery, historical events such as Florida statehood, and such contentious historical figures as Andrew Jackson. Edouard's exhibited works will be accompanied by displays of plantation artifacts loaned from State of Florida collections, including a portion of a nineteenth-century sugar mill and iron crosses made for cemeteries of enslaved workers. This exhibition is a collaboration between Miami artist Edouard Duval-Carrié, a Haitian-born painter and sculptor, and co-curators Dr. Paul B. Niell, Dr. Michael D. Carrasco, and doctoral candidate Lesley A. Wolff, all of the Department of Art History at FSU. An academic symposium and exhibition catalogue, both under the direction of Dr. Paul B. Niell, will accompany the show.

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