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ARTH599 - Curating an Exhibition (Spring 2022)

Resources for Dr. Greet's curatorial seminar and Haitian art research

In this guide:

[Image: Philome Obin, Artist Receives Foreign Visitors at Home, n.d. From the Modern Latin American Art slide collection of Dr. Jacqueline Barnitz, University of Texas, Austin, via Artstor Digital Library.]

General Research Tips

  • Identify major institutions, scholars, and discourses:
    • Look for universities with dedicated departments or research centers in Haitian/Caribbean art
    • Take note of specific authors on readings and in journals
    • Consider scholars who write in related fields (for example, Stuart Hall's work on Caribbean diaspora identity)
    • Understand current conversations and critical approaches (i.e. postcolonial studies, anthropology, critical race studies, diasporic studies) 
  • Consider alternate forms and places where information may be shared.
    • Reviews of exhibits (especially where catalogs are not available)
    • Sources outside traditional books and journals, including artist collectives
  • Adapt your language
    • Try different keywords or alternate phrasings, including French or Kreyòl/Creole keywords (if known)
    • When looking for primary sources, consider historic language differences (including outdated terminology)
    • Look for English-language reviews of French publications

Keywords & alternate terms/spellings to consider:

  • Language: Creole, Kreyòl, Haitian Creole; West African languages 
  • People & geographies: Caribbean diaspora, West Indies, Hispaniola
  • Religion: syncretism; vodou, voudou, vaudou, voudun, or voodoo; Roman Catholic/Spanish Catholicism
  • Aesthetic categories, styles, practices: intuitive, outsider, or naive art; art naif; primitivism

Related Research Guides

The following guides may be useful for doing research on the arts.