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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 11, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – “Still Lifes to the Surreal: Selections in Haitian Art from 1945 to 1995” opens at Ramapo College on Wednesday, October 31 in the Kresge Gallery on campus. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and the curators’ talks will begin at 6 p.m. The exhibition continues on view through Wednesday, December 12.

The exhibition is curated by Jose Zelaya with Jonathan Demme, Sydney O. Jenkins and Wail Qattan. According to Ramapo’s Director of Art Galleries Sydney O. Jenkins, “Each year we present exhibitions in the Berrie Center which relate to our renowned collections, and this special presentation features many rare masterworks from private sources. From the narrative scenes of the Cap-Haitien school to the hyper-reality of the surreal, this show should broaden our understanding of Haitian art.”

On view will be works by Haiti’s greatest artists including Philomé Obin, Hector Hyppolite, Pauleus Vital, Edger Jean-Baptiste, Wilson Bigaud, André Pierre, Bourmond Byron, Petersen Laurent, Jacques-Enguérrand Gourgue, Lafortune Félix and Wesner
La Forest.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Kresge Gallery is located in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m. For more information call (201) 684-7147.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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