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World Nomads Haiti

Jonathan Demme Collection:
Inspiration of Haitian Art

Thursday, May 7–Saturday, June 13, 2009
Part of World Nomads: Haiti

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Wilson Bigaud, Murat Brierre, Bourmond Byron, Préfète Duffaut, J. E. Gourgue,
Jacques Hyppolite, Edgar Jean-Baptiste, Wesner La Forest, Joseph Jn Laurent,
Peterson Laurent, André Normil, Sénèque Obin, André Pierre, and Odilon Pierre

The FIAF Gallery presents a special exhibition of Haitian paintings from the personal collection of the parrain of this year’s World Nomads Haiti festival: Academy Award-winning American film director Jonathan Demme. Known for his films Silence of the Lambs and the recent Rachel Getting Married, Demme curates the exhibition featuring the works of ten Haitian artists. A long-time Haitian art enthusiast and avid collector, Demme has been a fervent advocate for Haiti through the years. He’s embraced Haiti both through his films and his collaborations with Haitian writers such as Edwige Danticat and musicians such as RAM and Wyclef Jean.

Though each of the self-taught artists showcased in the exhibition has a unique style of painting, their topic—the rich cultural landscape of daily life in Haiti—unites them, presenting a detailed and poignant portrait of their country.

FIAF Gallery
22 East 60th Street


Gallery Hours
Tue–Fri: 11am–6pm
Sat: 11am–5pm


Free and open
to the public

Reception: Rum courtesy
of Rhum Barbancourt (Crillon Importers) and wine courtesy
of Chamarré


World Nomads Haiti Sponsors: American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF; Afrique & Caraïbes en créations– CulturesFrance; and Organisation internationale de la francophonie


Spring 2009 Sponsors: American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF; Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Florence Gould Foundation; Herbert J. Seligmann Charitable Trust

Photos: Haitian Art
Courtesy of Jonathan Demme

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