DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Edouard Duval-Carrié is an internationally significant Miami based, Haitian-born artist, who createscolorful, socially and politically-oriented narrative art that channels his knowledge and fascination with Haitian history, spiritual beliefs and folklore.

For “Decolonizing Refinement,” Carrie’s art is combined with historical artifacts related to Florida’s agricultural labor history, borrowed from south Florida regional historical collections. Different artifacts from “Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié” will be on display at the FAU Schmidt Center Gallery and at the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum – as a two-part, sister exhibition.

The Spady Museum’s show will run from Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, through Friday, April 26, 2019; the exhibition opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 16 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. FAU’s show will run from Friday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, February 2, 2019. The Spady Museum will hold a special “Ride and Remember” Bus Tour on Saturday, Nov. 10, which allow riders to enjoy both exhibits in one day. The tour will begin at 11 a.m. with riders exploring the elements on display at the Spady, then boarding the bus to travel to FAU to experience the Schmidt Center Gallery’s elements.

The “Decolonizing Refinement” project was devised by a team of art history scholars with Duval-Carrié at Florida State University, where a version of the exhibition was first presented in Spring 2018. The aim of the FSU art historians is to expand understanding of Caribbean visual culture and the arts of the African Diaspora by implicating the colonial heritage of Florida and the broader Southeastern U.S. in circum-Caribbean histories.

The exhibition employs Duval-Carrié’s recent works, which critique the Francophone history of Caribbean representation, as agents of “decolonization.” The Museum of Fine Arts at FSU organized the exhibition and published a catalogue with several essays by the FSU art historians and other scholars. Khaulah Naime Nuruddin, University Galleries, FAU Museum education coordinator, serves as curator for both the FAU and Spady Museum versions of the exhibition.


WHAT: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié

WHERE: Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach

WHEN: Nov. 10 through April 26, 2019

COST: $35