The city of Port au Prince was hard hit by the earthquake of 2010 resulting in a tremendous loss of life and of cultural records. Both the city’s main museum, the Centre d’Art and the largest single collection, the Musee Galerie d’Art Nader, were destroyed and with them, thousands of paintings were lost. In a country rich with culture but poor in resources, would Haitian art recover?
Elizabeth Peterson, Director of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor of Art & Culture and Museum Studies, explores the history of Haitian visual arts, the earthquake, and the recovery period. A former exhibition administrator with MoMA, Peterson has 20 years’ experience in nonprofit management and collections care.
Peterson curated the exhibition Hispaniola and organized the programming for the campus-wide initiative.
This lecture will be held in the Skylight Gallery of OUMA which is on the 3rd floor of Lowry Hall, above the Philip Weltner Library. Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. Free for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff of OU. General admission: $5. This event is part of the campus-wide celebration, Hispaniola: A Celebration of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The exhibition Hispaniola is on view in OUMA from September 30 through December 17, 2017