Kevin Meehan: “Historical Consciousness in Haitian Painting”

September 11, 2013

The UCF Art Gallery presents a lecture by Dr. Kevin Meehan of the University of Central Florida. The lecture is part of the September exhibit Caribbean Expressions: Art, Life and Culture.

Artists and intellectuals in Haiti often engage historical themes with such frequency and intensity that critics have spoken of a “quarrel with history.” While giving a bird’s-eye view of major painters and movements in contemporary Haitian painting, this talk will introduce audience members to painterly depictions of key historical moments including the Haitian revolution (1791-1804), the Kako Revolt against the U.S. Occupation (1917), the 9/11 attacks on New York City, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Not only do Haitian painters provide a unique window into Haitian and global history, they also express a vernacular historical consciousness that reconstructs events from a bottom-up perspective.