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Lunch & Learn: Love Divinities in Vodou Art

April 19, 2021 | 12:00PM - 12:30PM

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Join Katherine Smith, the Fowler’s Curatorial and Research Associate of Haitian Art, as she explores an altar assemblage by sculptor Samuel François. Based in Port-au-Prince, François apprenticed under the renowned artist Pierrot Barra, who made famous the Vodou-inspired, found-objects sculptures, which he sold at the downtown Iron Market. François’ work is characterized by a bright, pop aesthetic exemplified in his 1999 homage to two female deities of love. Learn about the religious and historical aspects of this radiant masterpiece.

This program is generously supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Katherine Smith, Ph.D., is the Fowler’s Curatorial and Research Associate of Haitian Art and a Lecturer in the Departments of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and Art History at UCLA. Her research explores the intersection of art, religion, and urban migration in Haiti and the Black Atlantic.

Lunch & Learn
The Fowler’s Lunch & Learn series offers easily digestible explorations of charismatic objects from around the world in our permanent collection. Join us to chew on some sustenance and feed your mind during your lunch break.

Image (center) and details: Samuel François (b. unknown, Port-au-Prince, Haiti), Lasiren and Ezili of the Waters, 1999; cardboard, sequins, beads, glitter, plastic dolls, wigs; Fowler Museum at UCLA, X2007.5.1; Gift of Marilyn Houlberg

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