Haitian Art: Vibrant Past, Perilous Future with Denise Wierman

January 13, 7 p.m. free, no registration required

Posted: January 6, 2011
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Department: Development
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112
Email: farrellh@kiarts.org

The one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed 230,000, injured 300,000 and left 1,000,000 homeless is January 12. The quake's path also struck the island's rich artistic traditions, destroying most museums, galleries and public spaces containing Haiti's artistic treasures.

Haitian Art Images

It is hard to believe after viewing all the images of devastation and loss, that Haiti was once a vibrant mecca of culture and art. With the immediate need of cleaning up debris and rebuilding homes and infrastructure taking precedence, its hard to imagine that Haiti can ever regain its original glory.

On Thursday, January 13 at 7 p.m., The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will host Art in the Evening: Haitian Art: Vibrant Past, Perilous Future with Denise Wier.

KIA docent Denise Wierman will discuss the rich legacy and current plight of Haitian art. Denise has spent considerable time in Haiti and is a longtime collector of Haitian art. The short, award-winning animated film Black Dawn, which incorporates the work of a dozen of Haiti's most prominent artists to tell the story of the country and its people will be screened before the talk.

Donations to KILTI, a non-profit organization supporting the Haiti art community, will be accepted.

This event is free and no registration is required.

For information, contact Susan Eckhardt at (269) 349-7775 ext. 3160 or email her at susane@kiarts.org.