Exhibits explore connections between African, Haitian art

December 30, 2014 11:37 PM

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Exhibits explore connections between African, Haitian art

Like creative “makers” everywhere, those from the African continent and diaspora are both practical and idealistic. They fashion objects to contain liquids and they fashion objects to contain spirits. They selectively design and embellish them to enhance their appeal to their markets and to their gods. Two excellent exhibitions closing their runs at the Lowe Art Museum this month raise intriguing questions about how objects are viewed and valued within different cultural contexts.

“Transformative Visions: Works by Haitian Artists from the Permanent Collection” and “Art in Real Life: Traditional African Art from the Lowe Art Museum” are physically and artistically connected by the African inspiration. Both shows draw on the Lowe Art Museum’s 19,000-piece, globally diverse coll...

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