“Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art” Selection from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection, On View Through March 14

Adam Leontus (1923-1986) Arbre magique, n.d. Acrylic on board 23 3/4 x 19 1?2 inches Courtesy of the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection

The exhibition brings together a selection of paintings from Haiti created between 1940 and 1970. Featuring works by Hector Hyppolite, Philomé Obin, Rígaud Benoit, Wilson Bigaud, Jacques-Enguérrand Gourgue, and Gérard Valcin, these renowned masters come from the first and second generation of artists associated with Port-au-Prince’s Centre d’ Art. This exhibition also includes some of their contemporaries and pupils, including Ernst Louizor, Célestin Faustin and Adam Leontus. The merging of techniques, methods, and cultures is seen through their work, ushering forth a style that is uniquely and quintessentially Haitian. The paintings explore the Haitian identity through deep, rich, vibrant colored scenes depicting historical figures, tropical flowers and fruits, rural landscapes, and daily activities infused with spirituality and Afro-Caribbean religious symbolism, particularly from a voodoo tradition. Curated by Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig, Ph.D.

On Sunday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 at 3:00 p.m., MOCA’s Curator of Education Amanda Covach will provide a virtual tour of MOCA’s current exhibitions “Raúl De Nieves: Eternal Return & The Obsidian Heart” and “Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art.” 
RSVP for Nov. 29 Virtual Tourhttp://bit.ly/MOCA1129 
RSVP for Dec. 6 Virtual Tour

MOCA’s extended opening hours during Miami Art Week are Tuesday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Timed tickets are encouraged throughout Miami Art Week (December 1-6) and admission will be prioritized for those with pre-purchased tickets available here.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum has instituted new health and safety guidelines that require social distancing and face coverings, among other measures.

MOCA exhibitions and programming are made possible with the continued support of the North Miami Mayor and Council and the City of North Miami, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and with support from the Green Family Foundation.

The museum is located at 770 NE 125th St., North Miami, FL 33161. Admission to the museum is $10 and free for MOCA members and North Miami residents. For more information, visit mocanomi.org, call 305-893-6211 or email 259812@email4pr.com.

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