Sacred Symbols in Sequins offers a view of magnificent works of art made by skilled Haitian flag makers, which form remarkable mosaics of religious imagery by combining and juxtaposing symbols of Europe and the Americas with those brought from Africa centuries ago by captive slaves. Visitors to Sacred Symbols in Sequins familiar with ceremonies such as Mexico’s Day of the Dead and Brazil’s Carnaval will find common ground, while craftspeople that weave, sew, make quilts or work with beads will find inspiration in these spectacular works of art. The spiritual realm reflected in these liturgical objects is not the dark, frightening place of black magic and superstition so often stereotyped in American popular culture. As intricate works of art informed by ritual and theology, as well as by Haiti’s political history, such flags offer an unparalleled opportunity for viewers to experience the aesthetics, symbolism, and social implications of Vodou. The exhibit also includes visceral images of Haitian vodou rituals by renowned photographer Les Stone. Sacred Symbols in Sequins is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts. Exhibition support provided by Michael Harris.
Haiti De/Constructed is a community art exhibit featuring creative interpretations of Haitian architecture by area students during Summer 2014’s Arts Alive! program. A complement to the Everhart Museum’s exhibit Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags, this Gallery ONE exhibit highlights the educational engagement by the Everhart Museum and the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 to encourage regional youth in exploring artistic expression. These artworks focus on the geometric and colorful shapes and buildings found in Port-au-Prince, the capital city of the island nation of Haiti.
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