The Vodou Exhibition At A Glance

Exhibition Title:  Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti

Media Preview:  Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at 10am

Exhibition Dates:  October 24, 2014 through April 26, 2015

Overview: Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti looks beyond myths and manufactured Hollywood images – exhibition visitors will see no dolls with pins stuck into them. Instead, the exhibition explores the underground history and true nature of a living religion, and reveals Vodou as a vital spiritual and social force that remains an important part of daily life in Haiti. At the heart of Vodou are more than 300 objects, including altars, vivid mixed-media sculptures, drums, sequined-covered flags, and charismatic, large-scale representations of spirits. Almost all the objects are not enclosed behind glass but are placed in the open air, allowing visitors to make an unforgettable visual and emotional connection with them. The story of Vodou is told from the viewpoints of people who practice the religion.  Through text and videos, Vodouists express their points of view about various aspects of their symbols, rituals, and spiritual beliefs.  Exhibition visitors will discover that Vodou is both a religion and a profound expression of the Haitian national experience. The rituals of Vodou remember the country’s triumph over slavery and honor the spirit of resistance that has sustained Haiti through centuries of hardship.

Organizers: This exhibition was co-organized by the Canadian Museum of History and the Foundation for the Preservation, Enhancement and Production of Haitian Cultural Works, in partnership with the Ethnography Museum of Geneva Switzerland and the Tropenmuseum of the Netherlands. 

Location:  The Field Museum: 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605-2496

Phone numbers: 312.922.9410 (General Field Museum Information)/ 312.665.7100 (Public Relations- not for publication)