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Grinnell College students create art with Haitian-born artist

October 25, 2017
Special to The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Grinnell College International Visiting Fellow and Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval-Carri is collaborating with Grinnell College students to create an original piece of art. The work will be displayed in the college's new $113 million Humanities and Social Studies Complex, which is under construction and scheduled to open 2020.

The finished mixed-media installation will consist of about 30 green-tinted resin blocks that will explore ideas and images of "freedom and abolition" from the Caribbean to the Midwestern frontier. Students are collecting their own images and objects to place in six layers of the resin, creating a unique narrative for each block.

Duval-Carri enjoys working with students because, he says, "I learn so much I never know what they will do and it's very refreshing.

Article Photos

Amelia Geser ‘19 (left) and Morgan Garnier ’19 (center) look on as Edouard Duval-Carrié (right) shows them how to remove bubbles in the resin with a blowtorch.

In addition to collaborating with Grinnell students in his short course, Duval-Carri will give a gallery talk, titled "Metamorphosis Revisiting History through Art," on Thursday, Oct. 26. He will discuss the interface between historical inquiry, place and artistic creation, as well as his recent artworks exploring literary and visual archives of the Caribbean. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will start at 4 p.m. in Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

Finally, from Jan. 26 through March 18, 2018, four of Duval-Carri's original paintings will be on display in the Faulconer Gallery. Students in the Exhibition Seminar taught by Assistant Professor of Art History Fredo Rivera, a 2006 Grinnell College graduate, will select works from the Waterloo Center for the Arts, which has the largest collection of Haitian art in the United States, and the Grinnell College art collection. They will place the works they select into dialog with Duval-Carri's paintings. The resulting exhibition will explore cosmological and cultural connections that challenge the insularity with which Haiti is often seen.

Duval-Carri's art reflects the culture and history of Haiti, and many of his works are considered critiques of the social and political order in his native country. His art can be found in private collections worldwide and in museums and institutions, including Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa; Perez Art Museum Miami; Musee des Art Africains et Oceaniens, Paris; Musee de Pantheon National Haitien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.

Hours for Faulconer Gallery, which is free and open to the public, are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, although the gallery is closed on major holidays, including Thanksgiving on Nov. 23.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the college's website: www.grinnell.edu. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar@grinnell.edu.

The college also welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child's safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases, the college expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child's safety and sees that the child complies with directions of college personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

 
 

 

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