Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Haiti to Carnival to Nick Cave: see sequined Vodou Flags at Meadows Museum, Centenary College, Shreveport, to connect cultures
Meadows Museum’s new exhibition, Sacred Symbols in Sequins, offers insights to the beauty and sanctity of Haitian Vodou, says Lisa Nicoletti. A large gallery is filled with early to mid-20th century Haitian Vodou flags (drapo Vodou).
It is not difficult to trace the expressive lineage from Haiti to New Orleans Carnival. Vodou flags are also one of the roots of the beaded blankets being created in Shreveport in preparation for the Nick Cave performance in March.
Three rarely exhibited flags from the Meadows collection of Haitian art were donated by Dr. and Mrs. Henry K. Miller of Baton Rouge. The Millers collected art directly from Haitian artists during more than forty years of service trips to Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti, where Dr. Miller volunteered annually.
On October 2 at 6 pm, Dr. Andia Augustin-Billy, Assistant Professor of French, will present "Haiti: Myths and Truths," drawing upon her experience growing up and teaching there.
Meadows Museum of Art is at 2911 Centenary Boulevard. It is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am -6 pm and Saturdays from 12-4 pm. For more information or to schedule fieldtrips, call the Museum at 318.869.5040.
Examining the Baron Samedi: Chelsea Perry.