Museum displays Haitian Vodou

NEW YORK -- Examples of the art of Haiti can be viewed here this fall.

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. 3.

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 religion.

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 is $8.
The American Museum of Natural History
Phone: (212) 769-5100

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