Exhibition Walk-through with Kyrah Malika Daniels
Join us for a walkthrough of Myrlande Constant: The Work of Radiance with Kyrah Malika Daniels, assistant professor of African American studies at Emory University. Daniels will discuss drapo (ritual flags) as one of Vodou’s primary sacred arts and the significance of devotion to the Iwa (spirits) in the artistic practice of Haitian artist Myrande Constant.
The Work of Radiance is a retrospective of Myrlande Constant, a contemporary Haitian artist renowned for her monumental, hand-beaded textiles. The exhibition and accompanying monograph examine the evolution of Constant’s artistic vision, her innovative technique, and her impact on art-making in Haiti and beyond.
This program is generously supported by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
Kyrah Malika Daniels is assistant professor of African American studies at Emory University. Her research interests include Africana religions; sacred arts and material culture; race, religion, and visual culture; and ritual healing traditions in the Black Atlantic world. Her book, Art of the Healing Gods (in progress), is a comparative project that examines religious artifacts used in traditional healing ceremonies of Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2019-20, she was a Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art.
In 2009-10, Daniels served as junior curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she worked in the city of St. Raphael with Lakou Solèy Academic and Cultural Arts Center, a grassroots organization that develops arts-based pedagogy. Her work has been published in the Journal of Africana Religions, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, the Journal of Haitian Studies, and the Journal for the American Academy of Religion. Daniels currently serves as vice president for KOSANBA, a Scholarly Association for the Study of Haitian Vodou, and as a Leadership Council member for the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA).
Image credit: Courtesy Kyrah Malika Daniels