NEW YORK -- Examples of the art of Haiti can be viewed here this
Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou, the first comprehensive exhibition
to explore the arts produced within that Afro-Caribbean religion,
is on view at the American Museum of Natural History through Jan.
The show is divided into eight sections with significant
examples of vodou ritual art. Vodou represents the fusion of
African and Western religious traditions into an original
The Haitian Creole word vodou, which means sacred, was borrowed
from the Fon language of West Africa. Viewers are introduced to it
through a collection of 40 sequined flags and a replica of a vodou
temple. The curators commissioned three original paintings by Fritz
St. Jean, a Haitian artist who works in New York.
Works in the exhibit by contemporary artists in Haiti include
Hector Hyppolite, considered to be one of the country's greatest
painters. The exhibition originated at the Fowler Museum of
Cultural History in Los Angeles. The project was undertaken in
collaboration with the Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The museum is open Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5:45
p.m., Fridays and Saturdays to 8:45 p.m. Suggested admission price
The American Museum of Natural History
Phone: (212) 769-5100