The Art of Haiti

    Against a backdrop of colonization, slavery, the world’s only successful slave rebellion, and an arduous journey of self-government, Haitian artists have sought to define their humanity and multifaceted culture. The Art of Haiti: Loas, History, and Memory, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, offers an insightful introduction through compelling works rarely seen in the U.S. “Haitian art is infinitely more complex than stereotypes may acknowledge. It has a deep, rich history; the visual languages that artists use, and the ideas they address have been, and continue to be, very sophisticated,” says Jessica Hunter-Larsen, director of academic engagement at the FAC. That is evident in the movingly deep layers of Ralph Allen’s paintings, as pictured above, and the colorful symbolism of other leading artists, on display until May 20.