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Exhibition Walkthrough: Labor and the Iwa

April 14, 2023 | 12:30PM - 1:30PM



Join us for a walk–through of Myrlande Constant: The Work of Radiance with Katherine Smith, exhibition co-curator. Smith will discuss the significance of labor, familial ties, and devotion to the Iwa (spirits) in the artistic practice of Haitian artist Myrlande Constant. 

The Work of Radiance is a retrospective of the groundbreaking, 30-year-long career of Myrlande Constant, an artist renowned for her monumental, hand-beaded textiles. This first U.S.-museum exhibition devoted to the work of a Haitian, female, contemporary artist, accompanied by a lavishly illustrated publication, traces the evolution of Constant’s artistic vision, innovative techniques, and impact on art-making in Haiti and the contemporary art world.

Katherine Smith received her PhD in culture and performance studies from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. She has held fellowships at Brown University in the departments of Africana studies and the history of art and architecture; and at New York University in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Smith is presently a curatorial and research associate of Haitian arts at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/ Dance, and a visiting researcher at the UCLA International Institute. She has played a curatorial role in exhibitions of Haitian art at Brown University and UCLA. Smith publishes regularly in academic journals, edited volumes, and art catalogues on Haitian and Caribbean art and religion. She is currently revising her manuscript on death and religious transformation in urban Haiti. Smith’s latest research focuses on Freemasonry in the Black Atlantic.

Exhibition Walk-through: Spend time in our galleries and enjoy that particular alchemy of art, people, and ideas mixing together in the physical space of the museum.

Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 198 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd; $3/hr or max $15/day. Rideshare drop-off at 305 Royce Dr.

Image credit: Myrlande Constant, Seremoni Milocan St. Nichola de Bari (Ceremony Milokan Saint Nicholas of Bari), 2014–17; sequins and beads on cotton; Collection of Sheldon Inwentash and Lynn Factor; © Myrlande Constant; image courtesy of CENTRAL FINE; photograph by George Echevarria, 2017

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