In voodoo, Papa Legba is the invisible guardian of the gateway between the 'real" world and ethereal world of the spirits. That's true here and in Haiti, and because New Orleans voodoo is mostly a legacy of its Haitian ancestors, it makes sense for this exhibition at the McKenna Museum to spotlight two contemporary New Orleans artists originally from the island republic. Ulrick Jean-Pierre is a painter whose floridly dramatic images depict defining moments in Haitian and sometimes local history, as evidenced in his Marie Laveau Evoking the Spirit of Love
. Vidho Lorville creates elemental abstract paintings involving 'the union of opposites." Quoting his favorite Haitian poet, René Depestre, Lorville says, 'It is necessary to conciliate the culture of the drums and the satellites."
D. Eric Bookhardt
Through July 5
McKenna Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondelet St., 586-7432; www.themckennamuseum.com
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