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Rise of the Delta

Rise of the Delta

October 17, 2017

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum curators and community experts lead visitors on a thirty-minute exploration of art in the galleries. Join us this ArtBreak as special guest Carnetta Davis discusses Whitfield Lovell’s Rise of the Delta, a portrait of

Haitian Vodou Ceremonies, Songs, and Sacred Objects

Haitian Vodou Ceremonies, Songs, and Sacred Objects

February 26, 2016

This lecture will discuss Haitian Vodou ceremonies that are dedicated to spirits, called loa. Songs, drumming, and sacred objects such as flags, rattles, and drums are used in the salutation of the spirits. This presentation includes field photographs, music and audiovisual documentation to help place this great and noble religious tradition in context.
Benjamin Hebblethwaite has a Ph.D. in French Linguistics from Indiana University (2007) and he works as an Associate Professor at the University of Florida. He is the author of Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English (Temple University Press) and Yon sezon matchyavèl/Une saison en enfer (L’Harmattan), with Jacques Pierre. He has published articles on Haitian Creole historical linguistics, language policy in Haiti, Haitian Creole literacy, bilingualism among Haitian Americans in Miami, and comparative religion. He is currently working on the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded “The Archive of Haitian Religion and Culture” (The Vodou Archive) and a book project on Arabic and Islamic influences in contemporary French, German and Dutch cultures.

Slow Art Sunday: G.E. Mask and Scarification

February 21, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Docent Katia Kiss Miller will lead a discussion on G.E. Mask and Scarification by Willie Cole.

Art & Conversation: Institutional and Personal Perspectives on Collecting African American Art

Art & Conversation: Institutional and Personal Perspectives on Collecting African American Art

February 4, 2016

$10 Museum Members // $15 Non-Members

Institutional and Personal Perspectives on Collecting African American Art

Curator Graham Boettcher leads a conversation with Carnetta and Norm Davis, whose outstanding collection comprises the work of historical artists as well as modern masters, from Henry Ossawa Tanner to Radcliffe Bailey. Works from the Davis collection have been exhibited throughout the Southeast, and they recently gave an important 1884 still life by Charles Ethan Porter to the BMA’s collection.