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MoFA Welcomes Edouard Duval-Carrié’s “Decolonizing Refinement”

Published January 30, 2018

“Memoire sans Histoire” by Edouard Duval-Carrié, 2009, mixed media on aluminum. (Collection of Serge and Johanna Coles.)

Decolonizing Refinement

Taking a Critical Look at North Florida’s Heritage through Art and Artifacts

Exhibition Dates: February 16–April 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 16, 6–8PM

Edouard Duval-Carrié

This spring the FSU Museum of Fine Arts is proud to present Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié, an exhibition co-curated by FSU art history faculty Paul B. Niell, Michael D. Carrasco and art history doctoral candidate Lesley A. Wolff, in collaboration with Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval-Carrié. Through installations that juxtapose Duval-Carrié’s recent paintings, sculptures, and assemblages with Florida’s historical artifacts, this exhibition engages the history and legacy of enslavement, plantation heritage, and material and social refinement of the US Southeast.

“Metamorphose #1” by Edouard Duval-Carrié, from The Kingdom of This World series, 2017, engraving on Plexiglas.

Many new works on exhibit emerged from Duval-Carrié’s research trip to Tallahassee in January 2017, in which he toured the region’s plantations and historical collections with the goal of making visual and conceptual links among the histories of his native Haiti and his adoptive home of Florida. The sites and collections that Duval-Carrié has studied, such as The Grove, Goodwood Museum and Gardens, the Southeast Archaeological Center, and the Florida Division of Historical Resources, are represented in the exhibition through historical artifacts as well as images that have been elegantly woven into Duval-Carrié’s works on display.

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies and the Department of Art History will host an accompanying symposium of distinguished scholars, including Duval-Carrié, in conversation about the artist’s work and circum-Caribbean visual and material culture. This event will prove an exciting culmination of the past year’s intellectual and artistic collaboration between Duval-Carrié and the FSU community. The symposium will take place beginning at 10AM, Room 2004, William Johnston Building.