[Blackstudies-l] Art Exhibition: “To Haiti Let Us Go”

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Wed Jan 11 09:32:09 EST 2017

ivetteromero posted: " The Haitian Revolution is captured in a new
exhibition—““To Haiti Let Us Go”—at the Phillips Collection in Northwest
Washington. The show features 15 rarely seen silkscreen prints by the late
African-American painter Jacob Lawrence about Toussaint L’Ouv"
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*The Haitian Revolution is captured in a new exhibition—““**To Haiti Let Us
Go”—**at the Phillips Collection in Northwest Washington. The show features
15 rarely seen silkscreen prints by the late African-American painter Jacob
Lawrence about Toussaint L’Ouverture, “the Haitian ex-slave turned general
who led a revolution that ultimately wrested the Caribbean island from
French control and ended slavery.” **Lawrence created this series **between
1986 and 1997. The exhibit opened on Saturday, January 7 and runs through
April 23. Here are excerpts from Caribbean Life News

It’s based on an earlier series of paintings Lawrence executed on the same
topic in the 1930s, said Elsa Smithgall, the museum’s curator. The exhibit,
which opened on Saturday, closes April 23.

The former French colony, with its massive coffee and sugar exports that
relied on slave labor and used brutality to keep slaves in check, was the
most profitable colony in the Americas by the 1760s, according to the US
Department of State’s Office of the Historian. L’Ouverture was born into
slavery in 1743 in Haiti, and led a massive slave insurrection on the
island against White planters in 1791, The Afro said.

[. . .] Lawrence, who died in 2000, captured multiple stages of the Haitian
Revolution — some depict violence and others show soldiers quietly plotting
the next maneuver, according to *The Afro*.

“The thing about Toussaint L’Ouverture that Lawrence is really interested
in expressing here, that he does in so many of his works, is the struggle,
and the part about searching for freedom and doing away with oppression,”
Smithgall said. *The Afro* said Lou Stovall and his wife, Di Stovall, who
are Washington, D.C. residents, own the collection, and were friends with
Lawrence and his wife, Gwendolyn Knight, for decades.

Lou Stovall, 79, and Lawrence forged their friendship in the 1960s after
one of Stovall’s professors introduced them at Howard University, *The Afro
*said. It said Lawrence later tapped Stovall, a master print maker, to
print the silkscreen images that comprise “To Haiti Let Us Go” in order to
“dramatically capture the revolution and suffering Haitians experienced
under French colonial rule.”

[. . .] “Jake, first of all, learned about the Haitians and their
predicament with France and with Spain through reading, and he was
concerned, of course, about the plight of all people,” Stovall said. “He
wanted everyone to be free.” [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.caribbeanlifenews.
*ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* | January
10, 2017 at 11:42 pm | Tags: Haiti <http://repeatingislands.com/tag/haiti/>,
Haitian Revolution <http://repeatingislands.com/tag/haitian-revolution/>, Jacob
Lawrence <http://repeatingislands.com/tag/jacob-lawrence/>, Toussaint
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