May 22, 2014
Hood Museum of Art
Jerry Rosembert-Moise is a Haitian street artist whose socially engaged graffiti draws on the playful style of mid-century Haitian painting to create a critical yet hopeful commentary on contemporary Haitian life. His work also reflects the influence of the late-twentieth-century graffiti movement and global hip-hop culture. Working under the artist name “Jerry,” and usually at night, he has animated the buildings, walls, and streets of several Haitian cities. Jerry also works on canvas and has shown his work at galleries in Haiti and the United States.
“Jerry aims to offer help and hope to those around him through his uplifting and insightful imagery,” said Michael Taylor, Director of the Hood Museum of Art and Chair of Dartmouth’s Public Art Committee. “We are delighted to present his work on campus in a permanent installation on the fourth floor of Fairchild Tower, where it can be enjoyed by the Dartmouth community for generations to come.”
This mural was created as part of the Haiti and Dartmouth at the Crossroads symposium held at Dartmouth College in February 2013. In contrast to his usual working conditions, Jerry executed this piece in front of an audience, accompanied by musicians from the Haitian band Lakou Mizik. He completed this large-scale mural in less than five hours. The mural depicts a young woman immersed in traditional Rara music, cherishing the sense of enjoyment and spirit of collectivity she associates with the music’s welcoming sounds.
Please join us as we gather to celebrate this wonderful addition to the Hood’s public art collection. Students, faculty, staff and friends of the Hood are invited to enjoy a reception in the Kim Gallery on Tuesday, May 27, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Artist Jerry Rosembert-Moise and Hood Director Michael Taylor will offer remarks, followed by light refreshments and a guided walk over to see the new mural in situ at Fairchild Tower, for all who would like to accompany us.