This spring the Art History Museum Object class under the direction of Ph.D candidate Jennifer Baez is developing the exhibition Regimes of Visuality: Print Culture in Haiti during the Age of Revolution, to open Thursday, April 5 at 6 pm in the WJB Gallery.
The exhibition will feature 18th- and 19th-century prints and maps of Saint Domingue (Haiti/Hispaniola) from the collection of Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval-Carrié. Duval-Carrié will visit FSU in February for the opening of the Museum of Fine Arts exhibition Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié, and the associated symposium hosted by the Department of Art History. Using the artist’s collection of Caribbean historical prints and ephemera, the class will explore the uses, audiences, and meanings of print media circulating in Haiti and the Black Atlantic during the Age of Revolution (1774–1824).
Student-curated exhibitions are an important component of Art History’s Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies program, encompassing every facet of exhibition development in the fast-paced microcosm of a single semester. Having curated the pieces for this semester’s show, the next crucial step for these students is gathering materials for mounting, printing, painting, catalogue production, and promotion. To support these costs, the students will develop a fundraiser hosted by SparkFSU, a university platform that allows students to initiate and design innovative and entrepreneurial projects with financial support garnered from alumni and friends. They will also host a funding share night at Tijuana Flats on Wednesday, February 28.
The Museum Object class gives Art History undergraduates a complete experience in exhibition development, thanks to an array of people and resources: the involvement of College of Fine Arts faculty and staff, the generosity of university and local collections, the support of the community, and the availability of the WJB Gallery as a teaching and exhibition space for student work.
For more details, contact Jennifer Baez.