Haitian Art Arrives in Auburn, Alabama

  • AUBURN, Alabama
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  • August 23, 2011

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Rigaud Benoit, Les Sirenes, 1956, oil on masonite, Winslow Anderson Collection of Hatian Art, Huntington Museum of Art


The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art's newest exhibition, Lespri Endonptabl : Selected Works from the Winslow Anderson Collection of Haitian Art at the Huntington Museum of Art, will be on view from Aug. 27-Oct. 29 in the Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth Gallery and the Chi-Omega-Hargis Gallery.

 "Lespri endonptabl" is Haitian Creole for "the indomitable spirit." JCSM is pleased to present this exhibition of 32 objects produced in Haiti between 1945 and 1990, which depict themes of everyday life, landscape, flora, fauna, agriculture, folklore, and Voodoo.

Montas Antoine (1926–1988), The Wager (La Gagaire), 1955, oil on masonite, Huntington Museum of Art, Winslow Anderson Collection of Haitian Art

The exhibition and its programs are JCSM's contribution to Auburn University's common book program, Auburn Connects!, which is focusing on Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder for the new academic year.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit jcsm.auburn.edu or call 334-844-1484.


Colleen Bourdeau
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
901 South College St
Auburn, Alabama
About Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Open since 2003, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University is Alabama’s only university art museum. Serving as the gateway into Auburn University, the museum is home to many pieces of culturally significant art. The collection includes 115 Audubon prints, a rare group of more than 40 Tibetan bronzes and works by important American artists, such as Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe and Lyonel Feininger. The museum rotunda hangs a three-tiered, hand-blown glass chandelier created especially for the museum by internationally-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The beauty continues onto the grounds of the museum with fifteen acres of gardens, walking paths and water features, complete with an eleven and a half foot tall brass sculpture, Spinoff, created by Auburn alumna Jean Woodham.

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