A new and permanent venue for Haitian art has been added to the museum scene. Congratulations to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, newly opened earlier this month on August 6th. The $46 million structure has a significant Haitian art collection, which will be shown on a rotating basis in one 3,000 square foot gallery of the museum along with travelling exhibitions. Key to the Haitian art holdings is the donation of important paintings and other Haitian artworks by Davenport resident Dr. Walter Neiswanger, who travelled to Haiti, befriended artists and gallery owners, and followed his heart in buying works of greatness. Look for a major retrospective of Haitian-American artist Edouard Duval-Carrie to open at the Figge in early 2006. The Davenport was the first U.S. museum to buy and show the paintings of Duval-Carrie, probably the best-known Haitian expatriate artist alive and a major force on the international contemporary art scene.
By Candice Russell