Hispaniola

Hispaniola

A Celebration of Haiti and the Dominican Republic

September 30 – December 17, 2017

Hispaniola: A Celebration of Haiti and the Dominican Republic is a campus-wide, semester long celebration of the Caribbean island. The staff of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art have partnered with faculty in French, Spanish, Music, and Theatre to present a dynamic series of lectures, films, and performances which explore the rich history of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The exhibition Hispaniola is comprised of a large body of work on loan from the Haitian collection of Dion Kohler and a small selection of traditional Haitian works that were given to OUMA by the Melamed family. Also on view are a selection of loans of contemporary Haitian paintings from the collection of Andjela Kessler, OUMA advisory board member. These Haitian works are counterbalanced by a selection of contemporary pieces by emerging Dominican and Haitian/Dominican artists including Pilar Martínez, Angela Bortone, Polibio Díaz, and Firelei Báez.

HISPANIOLA: A Celebration of Haiti and the Dominican Republic with Selections from the Dion Kohler Collection

September 30 – December 17, 2017 Part of a campus-wide celebration of culture of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the exhibition Hispaniola is comprised of a large body of work on loan from the Haitian collection of Dion Kohler and a small selec…

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We kick off the fall celebration of Haiti and the Dominican Republic with the Hispaniola Music Celebration featuring the musical group Love Evolution with Semaj & Mr. Lorrius. They are united in love, life, creating family and in their purpose to musically motivate the world to move beyond destructive revolution to peaceful evolution. This free event will be held in the Skylight Gallery of OUMA which is on the 3rd Floor of Lowry Hall. Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 PM

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The humble and hardworking Orodoto Balbuena finally gets an opportunity of realizing his lifelong dream of reaching New York and living the “American Dream”, but soon finds out that things aren’t as pretty as he thought. Written and directed by Ángel Muñiz and featuring Luisito Martí, Caridad Ravelo, Raúl Carbonell. This free event will be held in the Dolive Theater which is on the 2nd Floor, Philip Weltner Library, Lowry Hall. Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 PM

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Poet and novelist Lucinda Roy will read from Fabric, her new collection of poems, and describe how her creative process includes both literal journeys back to Africa, and deeply personal figurative journeys inside her African-Diasporan heritage. She will focus on the African ekphrastic poems in the collection and explore why it is she keeps returning both to narratives of enslavement and narratives of African-Diasporan celebration.This lecture will be held in the Skylight Gallery of OUMA which is on the 3rd floor of Lowry Hall, above the Philip Weltner Library. Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. Free for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of OU. General admission: $5.

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Dr. Chandler and Dr. Lutz will present the itinerary of the journey in author Julia Alvarez’s 2013 book A Wedding in Haiti through a presentation of images and photos drawn from their own travels. This lecture will be held in the Skylight Gallery of OUMA which is on the 3rd floor of Lowry Hall, above the Philip Weltner Library. Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. Free for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of OU. General admission: $5.

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This Emmy nominated film was written and directed by Rachelle Salnave. Follow the filmmaker on a journey to discover her Haitian roots. While searching she discovers a generation on a quest to change the face of Haiti. 2015 Rue de la Soul Films.
This free event will be held in the Dolive Theater which is on the 2nd Floor, Philip Weltner Library, Lowry Hall.

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Charly Verstraet is a PhD student in the department of French and Italian at Emory University. His interests lie at the crossroads of postcolonial, environmental, and migrant literature during the twentieth and twenty first centuries. His articles and translations have appeared in Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Small Axe Salon and Sites: Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. He is currently writing a dissertation on the representations of the coastline in Caribbean literature, painting, and photography.This lecture will be held in the Skylight Gallery of OUMA which is on the 3rd floor of Lowry Hall, above the Philip Weltner Library. Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. Free for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of OU. General admission: $5.

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A film featuring MLB All-Stars David Ortiz and Vladimir Guerrero. Filmmaker Jared Goodman offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Dominican Republic’s obsession with baseball. 2008 Indiepix.This free event will be held in the Dolive Theater which is on the 2nd Floor, Philip Weltner Library, Lowry Hall.

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Dr. Brent Runnels plays and discusses the music of 19th-century American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk. The American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk fused elements of music from nineteenth century Europe, America and the Caribbean into a unique musical mixture that laid the groundwork for ragtime and jazz. He drew inspiration from his Haitian heritage and his visits to the Caribbean Islands, was celebrated in the salons of Paris and was one of the earliest matinee idols in America. He is considered one of America’s first great musical stylists. This concert will be held in the Skylight Gallery of OUMA which is on the 3rd floor of Lowry Hall, above the Philip Weltner Library. Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. Free for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of OU. General admission: $10.

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A film by Rachèle Magloire and Chantal Regnault. This film gives voice to offenders who, at the end of their prison sentence in North America, are deported to their home country, Haiti. A new life begins for these “Americans” in Port-au-Prince, a city they left as children. 2013 Velvet Film. This free event will be held in the Dolive Theater which is on the 2nd Floor, Philip Weltner Library, Lowry Hall.

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Pilar Martínez is a creative visual artist who was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She holds a BFA in Advertising Communication from Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic, an Art Direction degree from Miami Ad School in Florida and a MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta. Martínez’s work reflects her creativity and her passion for collage, music, and the joy in Latin American culture, as she continues to canalize, through mixed media, her recollections and the convergence of two cultural experiences. This lecture will be held in the Skylight Gallery of OUMA which is on the 3rd floor of Lowry Hall, above the Philip Weltner Library. Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. Free for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of OU. General admission: $5.

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Born in Trinidad, Dr. J. Michael Dash is a professor in the Departments of French and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University who has written extensively on Haitian and French Caribbean literature. His publications include Culture and Customs of Haiti (2001), The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context (1998), Haiti and the United States (1997), Literature and Ideology in Haiti: 1915-1961 (1981), and Jacques Stephen Alexis (Black Images,1975). Dash is also the co-editor of Libète: A Haiti Anthology (1999) and the translator of Edouard Glissant’s Monsieur Toussaint: A Play (2005) and Caribbean Discourse: Selected Essays (1989). This lecture will be held in the Skylight Gallery of OUMA which is on the 3rd floor of Lowry Hall, above the Philip Weltner Library. Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. Free for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of OU. General admission: $5.

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“Storming Papa Doc: The Siege of Haiti’s Casernes Dessalines by Captain Alix Pasquet on July 28, 1958”
A film with illustrations by Chevelin Pierre and animation by James C. Bazile. Mario L. Delatour’s animated documentary follows three ex-Haitian army officers who are bent on the removal of the new elected Haitian president. 2014 Amistad Films. This free event will be held in the Dolive Theater which is on the 2nd Floor, Philip Weltner Library, Lowry Hall.

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Haiti, 1964. Francois Papa Doc Duvalier’s repressive regime has forced once-successful artist Edwin into hiding, turning him into a walking ghost. When Edwin finds a young man building a boat to escape to America, and persuades him to pose for a painting, he finally feels alive again. But with cries for revolution resounding through the nation and the regime’s death squads on the prowl, no one’s life is safe. Sometimes trying to dream and survive forces impossible choices. This performance will be held in OUMA which is on the 3rd floor of Lowry Hall, above the Philip Weltner Library. Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. Free for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of OU. General admission: $10.

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Cécile Accilien is Associate Professor of Haitian Studies and Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies in the Department of African and African-American Studies. Her primary areas of interest include Haitian Studies, Gender Studies and Film Studies. She is the author of Rethinking Marriage In Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures (Lexington Books, 2008). This lecture will be held in the Skylight Gallery of OUMA which is on the 3rd floor of Lowry Hall, above the Philip Weltner Library. Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. Free for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of OU. General admission: $5.

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The city of Port au Prince was hard hit by the earthquake of 2010 resulting in a tremendous loss of life and of cultural records. Both the city’s main museum, the Centre d’Art and the largest single collection, the Musee Galerie d’Art Nader, were destroyed and with them, thousands of paintings were lost. In a country rich with culture but poor in resources, would Haitian art recover? Elizabeth Peterson, Director of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor of Art & Culture and Museum Studies, explores the history of Haitian visual arts, the earthquake, and the recovery period. This lecture will be held in the Skylight Gallery of OUMA which is on the 3rd floor of Lowry Hall, above the Philip Weltner Library. Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. Free for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of OU. General admission: $5.

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This thriller was directed by Mariano Barroso and stars Salma Hayek, and Edward James Olmos. It follows Minerva (Hayek) one of the Mirabal sisters, Dominican revolutionary activists, who opposed the dictatorship of General Rafael Trujillo (Olmos). 2000 MGM. This free event will be held in the Dolive Theater which is on the 2nd Floor, Philip Weltner Library, Lowry Hall.

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